Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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11: Eric Peterson- Pitching Coach, Drury University (MO)

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We talk about the 4 in the 40 a lot. What are our guys going to do on their 4 years on campus that allows them to be great in the next 40
 
We combine being a good person, being a good student, and being excellent on the field in your role and that's what a drury panther is
 
We develop our guys as individuals. We figure out what tools and strengths our guys have and try and have success with that. That's the foundation of player development 
 
I used to do the 7 week plan where everything was regimented but it didn't suit everybody. It was a one size fits all and it wasn't efficient for development. We needed to do something they could take ownership of and take responsibility for.
 
We have battalion leaders, we don't announce captains. They have to submit an application and interview, then draft teams, and they take care of small issues and problems and come up with a solutions. It's provided an avenue to build leaders in our program 
 
We have an open dialogue between the players. They'll tell you what needs to be changed and what doesn't work
 
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10: Breck Draper- Head Coach, Heritage Hall HS (OK)

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We drive competition in practice by letting them play a different sport., then we really get to see who wants to compete
 
I'm a big proponent of multi sports athletes. Other sports create toughness, athletic ability and a sense of team.
 
We let the players run a couple practices a year. It really shows you who listens to who and who takes charge.
 
Day 1, all we do is practice communication. We go through every play that could be communicated in a game.
 
People say kids today aren't as hard nosed as they used to be and are soft. I go completely against that. If you push your guys, treat them with respect and treat them like a young man, they'll work as hard as you want them to.
 
Kids aren't soft. We let them be soft as coaches sometimes. Have them set goals and mentally challenge them.
 
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9: Chris Dunn- MLB Hitting Consultant and author of “The High Performance Hitter”

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"Finding a way to create a dialogue and a way to start kids engaged in the process is the best thing you could ever do as a coach."
 
"The best analogy of sequence I got from Jerry Brewer and that's gears in a car. 1-2-3-4, they all have a job, and first gear isn't more important than the other because it's first. But what is the role of each and how do they work together?"
 
"When you have a good dialogue with your player, you can start to translate what their feel is and what's actually happening."
 
"Every hitter feels things differently and there's no wrong feel. When you watch Pujols talk about what he feels, it's totally different than what he does in his game swing but that doesn't make his feel invalid, it just makes them different and it makes him who he is."
 
(Regarding small groups) "They're talking, collaborating, asking questions to each other. It is so much more valuable than what I could tell them. It's someone in their shoes going through the same process."
 
"You've gotta find a way to communicate your knowledge but ultimately the only thing that matters is if the kids understand it."
 
"You have to be able to customize your information and drills to each player because they're going to move different, have different size and strength and mobility. All that needs to be a factor in developing hitters."
 
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8: Rob Friedman AKA The Pitching Ninja- Pitching Coach, Paideia HS (GA)

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Most of the time when i put stuff out I'm trying to solve a problem. I'm trying to show that there isn't one way to get it done.
 
The key to coaching in general is to be honest and have an objective view. I just shut up and watch. Then ill make suggestions.
 
My first step is to help them be more explosive. Mostly its about being an athlete. Just because you're standing on a pile of dirt, doesn't mean you have to throw different than you would at shortstop. 
 
I treat every single pitcher as an individual. I have a toolbox of ideas, but I don't have a set way of teaching mechanics.
 
One of the reasons i put everyone out on twitter is because i'm curious and I want to show that there are a bunch of people that throw a lot of different ways.
 
I like the idea of being the person that nobody wants to throw with.
 
When you start measuring stuff it brings out competition in everyone. The competitive drive will cause everyone to improve.
 
Resources
Driveline
Ben Brewster
Lantz Wheeler
Rapsodo
Texas Baseball Ranch
 
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7: Travis Hergert- Head Coach, North Iowa Area Community College

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You want to get kids ultra competitive? Throw a radar gun up and watch them go crazy
 
If you're going to be a NIACC Trojan, you've got to earn it. There wont be anything handed to you.
 
Our guys make goals and standards. Then we print it off and we tape it to every single locker so they see it every single day. Now they see those goals and standards everyday and they hold each other accountable 
 
We want to teach our guys about servant leadership. It's not about you all of the time. So using our popularity as a platform in our community in order to create some good 
 
The World Series' and the championships and the wins are all a byproduct of what our beliefs are. We have to do things better, we have to work smarter and we have to develop a culture of development that is built around the player 
 
Resources
Rapsodo
Motus sleeve
Driveline 
Brian Cain 
Randy Sullivan
Austin Wasserman
Dallas Baptist University 
Minnesota volleyball 
 
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6: Dr. Dustin Lind- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist

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How often should we evaluate athletes?
We have to understand that our athletes are going to change year to year, or even month to month. Constant evaluation and re evaluation is extremely important.
 
How can we help our athletes recover better?
Poor sleep quality is rampant amongst all levels of athletes. That is our #1 recovery strategy. If you don't get proper sleep, then you cant recover.
 
On something he has learned since being in the medical field
I do not think surgery is always the best option for everyone anymore. 
 
Where do coaches get it wrong?
Cookie cutters are for cookies. Not everybody is the same, so we cant expect everyone to move in the same way
 
Where do coaches get it wrong?
Human movement is incredibly complex and joints don't normally work in a uniform manner. 
 
Where do coaches get it wrong?
The coaches who push the cookie cutter mold see a standard bell curve of success. You then only get about 1/4 of your athletes that are actually making improvements. 
 
what qualities do the best coaches have?
The best coaches always have more to learn. They seek quality information and apply it to their athletes on an individual basis.
 
 
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Resources
NSCA
Neuroscience of human movement- Charles Leonard
Frans Bosch Book
Eastbay hitting instruction- Jerry Brewer
 

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5: Wes Brooks- Head Coach, Oxford HS (AL)

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"our kids own practice, we teach them to know it, do it, and own it."
 
Its about building the the young man. If we can build a better man, we will get a better baseball player.
 
The kids, 50 years from now, will remember getting knocked down and getting back up. These are things theyll carry with them the rest of their life.
 
You wont be 100% everyday. You might be at 75% one day, but they better learn to give 100% of that 75%
 
There's no such thing as "shagging" at Oxford high. If you want to shag, go outside of the fence and catch home run balls. We better be trying to run through a fence to catch a flyball.
 
Building leaders is on my shoulders. If we don't have good leaders, its my fault as the captain of the team.
 
Resources
Brian Cain
Ron Wolforth
Driveline
Jerry Weinstein
 
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4: Tyler Gillum- Assistant Coach, South Mountain Community College

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We're looking to not only build good baseball players, but create men that can go out into society and change the world.
 
Its easy to tell how good a player is by their actions but i want to see how they react to adversity, i want to see good body language and i want to see how they treat their teammates
 
A lot of baseball teams lose more games than they win, control the baseball, control yourself and play catch.
 
Our hitting cage is a laboratory, i want you to fail and mess up as much as you want as long as you have a specific plan and your learning from it.
 
Understanding how to deal with adversity in life and in baseball. Fail forward. If you don't fail, you don't get better.
 
Be on time, do the right thing, never back down from a challenge
 
The problem is we think we shouldnt have problems.
 
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3: Flint Wallace- Director of Player Development, Texas Baseball Ranch

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Every throw you ever make is either helping your command or hurting your command.
 
Just because you are the best player on your high school team that doesnt mean that doesnt mean you're going to play in college. Go watch college games and see what those guys look like and see what that level of play truly is
 
Go find hall of famers of guys that have been all stars and have been healthy. Those guys 9 times out of 10 will be connected.
 
(on emulation) Guys in the latin countries are really good at that. They see Pedro and try and throw like Pedro, its definitely a benefit to them. They get to experiment and see how their body moves.
 
I dont want them to be robots and i dont want to have to tell them every single thing. I cant be out on the mound so at some point you have to figure it out yourself.
 
My job is to eliminate my job, to be your own best pitching coach.
 
We use the radar gun for average velocity. They may peak at 90 but their average sits at 86. If their average keeps creeping up, we know the plan we have in place is working. We try to collect as much data is possible
 
One of the most common problems we see now is that kids cannot make basic fundamentally sound movement patterns
 
When in doubt, always return to athleticism.
 
We need to better ourselves so we can better our players
 
Resources
ABCA
Fighting Monkeys
Winter Texas Baseball Ranch Coaches Clinic
 
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2: Ryan Faer- Arizona Performance Coordinator, Cleveland Indians

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"A majority of kids need to learn to move better, have better posture, and learn to move their body in space."
 
"What it boils down to is developing the entire body. The shoulder starts at the feet, you have to start with the ground."
 
"If we get them to actually put the baseball down, and actually focus on training, its a great opportunity to get bigger and stronger."
 
"There are hundreds of things we have to put together to develop the entire athlete, there's not just one way to do it."
 
"How do you individualize a system? Its not easy. But we have to work that in to make it an efficient system."
 
"Coaching became less of a career for me when i figured out that i wanted to develop people, now its my calling."
 
"I got cut from the JV team in high school. But after a couple of weeks I decided i had to get to work, and that's how my love for strength and conditioning got started."
 
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