Suggested Resources

All of these resources listed below have been utilized by myself personally over the past 2 years. I do plan on updating this list with more, while trying to stay within a scope of relevancy. Some of these links are affiliate links, which are used to help with upkeep of the site. If you have any questions please feel free to use the chat on the bottom right!

BOOKS

  • Quantitative Hitting

    Although it is short this book did provide information relating to how to better approach attack angle, and how it is more than a 2 dimensional problem. We have to completely understand the complexity of the swing before we attempt to fix 1 thing. In order to do that we have to understand attack angle isn't just simply knob angle of approach. It's much more than that. I wouldn't purchase this one over the other recommendations, but for a new perspective it definitely helped.

  • Old School VS New School

    With all the data and all the new terms and metrics that are being thrown at us it's very easy to lose sight that you're still coaching a player. This book takes you to back to the nuts and bolts of coaching players. Using data, but not overloading, finding ways that can build players without defining them with a single number. A great read for anyone who is getting too caught up in the numbers side of the game.

  • Hacking the Kinetic Chain

    One of the best books I have read as far as a true understanding of the kinematics, the biomechanics, and actual science behind the art of pitching. It's a complete analysis of everything pitching, including workout plans, and everything Driveline does. Only negative is it's extremely expensive for a book, although it was definitely worth it.

  • The Arm

    Everyone gets a little nervous when a pitcher grabs his throwing arm. We've all seen the face of pain and fear that it's the worst possible outcome. Tommy John has become too common a phrase in today's game, and it's important to understand where it started and the exponential increase that has happened. We as coaches can help curve this trend, but it takes an understanding of what the causes are in the first place.

  • Astroball

    The 2017 World Series champs didn't happen overnight, it actually started during the seasons of 100+ losses and this book follows the journey that it took in order to get to being world series champs. Astroball is an aggressive data approach at the professional level and the road it takes to becoming World Series Champs

  • The MVP Machine

    If you aren't an avid follower of new data in baseball this book will completely change everything you've thought. There isn't a single idea that will not be challenged scientifically, and it will open your eyes to new technology and philosophies that don't accept "we've always done it this way"

  • The Pack

    Of all the books I read this past summer I beilive that "The Pack" is a must read for any coach that wants to have a greater impact on their players. This won't give you the best bunt coverage, or hitting routines, but it will provide you with a foundation of character to build your team. Matt Deggs gives you a blueprint to help get your teams "culture" set to create high character people.

  • Mind Gym

    With the mental game being one of the least approached aspects in youth and high school athletics Mind Gym provides you with over 35 exercises for your athletes to start building the necessary mental fortitude this game requires.

  • Movement Over Maxes

    This book and programs were made for coaches that want to build athleticism and strength in the weight room. Filled with information about why exercises are chosen, and the purpose behind each exercise. With Regressions and Progressions for each of the Big 5 Patterns Zach Dechant gives you everything you need in order to build a weight lifting program to meet your athletes needs, and if you don't want to build one, there's some templates inside as well.

  • Maximum Strength

    This was the first of the 2 books by Eric Cressey that I read, it was really interesting to start to change my perception of how we lift, and how being strong is the first part of the puzzle. Without the initial strength the refined skill movement will only get you so far.

  • The High Performance Handbook

    This information is a great way to build a program based off of you and your needs. With Alternative exercises and an extensive set of videos for every single exercise with coaching cues this resource proves itself to be extremely valuable. Although it's more expensive than others the video library and coaching tips given are things you can apply directly to your program.

PODCASTS

  • Dugout Chatter

    Jeremy Sheetinger, the coach that brought us plenty of great ABCA podcasts has branched out into his own to create the "Dugout Chatter" podcast. Sheetinger is an awesome listen, and provides great information in every podcast.

  • Ahead of the Curve

    Jonathan Gelnar interviews plenty of great minds in the game along with being one himself. Including new strategies regarding player and coaching development.

  • ABCA

    The National association of baseball doesn't disappoint with the information provided from some of the best coaches, teachers and players in the game they provide insight applicable to every level.

  • Starting Strength

    Hosted by Mark Rippetoe this podcast is great for banter as well as Strength and Conditioning information. Rippetoe has books on the subject as well as years of experience training. He's very quick to the point, and blunt in this. Definitely NSFW

  • Driveline Baseball

    Mike Rathwell, Kyle Boddy and the Driveline Team are leaders of the baseball industry. Driveline has challenged many beliefs, and changed the game today. If you're looking for great info and relative information on baseball this is an easy way to get it.

  • Elite Baseball Development

    Hosted by Eric Cressey this podcast offers a variety of insight related to all topics involving baseball. From Past players to leaders of the S&C, Recovery, and Nutrition fields, this podcast is a great listen anytime.

TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

  • Pitching Rapsodo

    The Pitching Rapsodo is one of the most complete pitching assessment tools out there. It gives you every metric you could ask for from a pitchers analysis standpoint. Spin Axis, Rate, true spin, Efficiencies, break on every pitch, and their profile. The measurements from this help you coach to a better curveball, or a more effective fastball. This should be on every coaches wish list for their program.

  • Hitting Rapsodo

    The hitting rapsodo has been amazing as far as collecting batted ball data and being able to come up with a plan for how to work backwards and come up with a plan for each hitter. This paired with the Blast Motion has been some of the most useful tools I have used together. With the Rapsodo being able to provide objective data it has been extremely easy to train in a cage, or indoors and not get lost in what the field truly looks like.

  • Blast Motion Sensors

    The Blast Motion sensors and their use in our program has been huge. These have been great for finding the issues with a swing much more quickly than just with the eye. Plus this provides objective feedback for the athletes. In this current day and age if you can't back up your statements they sometimes are taken as fake. It's important that we have objective data to help athletes understand our statements, and to provide for us something tangible over just "It's not a great swing". Blast collects 10+ metrics and gives you clear cut definitions and training videos on how to work on those issues. They have been great for our athletes to understand what the metrics mean, and set up individual plans for every hitter. I highly recommend this tool for your program. If you are just getting started, or have limited resources for # of accounts or sensors you can take a look at the Google Sheet, and slideshow I made for those instances here.

  • Weighted Throwing Plyos

    The weighted throwing plyos are used every day in order to gain a feel for how our arm works through space. Most people assume that these are directly related to velocity, while providing increased/decreased resistance and possibly increasing velocity, they also provide a better feel for manipulation of arm action by decreasing inefficiencies. Most athletes have some kind of deficiency, and these help to remove the deficiency by taking them through efficient forms of completing a task.

  • Jaeger Bands

    Jaeger Bands or "J-Bands" have become the standard for arm care when it comes to pre-throwing routines. J-Bands and their program are part of our every day routine. Along with dynamic and foam rolling stretch these J-Bands increase the muscle activation for muscles used directly in throwing. I can't recommend these enough when it comes to every level of baseball. They have done an amazing job of posting new information, and making quality products. These are a must-have for every baseball athlete.

  • Overload/Underload Axe Bats

    The overload/Underload bats have provided us for multiple ways to change up or adjust drills without having to change too much of the drill. The implement let's them feel their swing a little bit more, and provide feedback in itself of them dragging barrel, or lunging too far in front. These help to remove deficiencies and help them have a consistent and complete swing every time they take a hack. We use these every single day in some form. Whether it's a kid working through every bat, or whether it's a certain bat for a certain drill they are utilized, and we have seen great progress.

  • Weighted Hitting Plyos

    These are something we use on a daily basis for consistent quality contact. They have had a drastic effect on how we attack the center of every ball we see. In order to make these things fly you have to have flush contact, and the kids will work every swing to make sure they are "squaring up" the ball. They definitely translate to hitting a baseball, and have proven to be a great addition to the program.

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