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Top 10 Reasons to Train this Off-Season - Strengthening Your Mental Approach

It’s commonly believed that athletic perseverance starts and stops between the ears. Undoubtedly, there are certain sports and athletic specimens who succeed by overwhelming their opponents with...

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Top 10 Reasons for Coaches to Utilize MaxBP

Coaches around the country are preparing for a new decade with their athletes - it's an exciting time and the competition is tougher than ever. It's time to stay ahead of the game and implement...

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Top 10 Reasons to Train this Off-Season

The off-season will often times make or break an athlete. It's the time of year where the pretenders rest on their laurels and sit around lazily, while the contenders are making moves to better...

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Misconception - A Called Third Strike is a Wasted Opportunity

From little league players with little experience to big leaguers with thousands of at-bats under their belt, nobody likes to strike out. Taking the walk of shame back to the dugout, after failing...

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Misconception - Look at the "Top Half" of the Ball

The concept of trying to hit the “top half” of the ball is a commonly endorsed hitting strategy throughout baseball and softball. Is this a way of encouraging a player to stay on top of the ball?...

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Appreciating Michael Jordan's Summer in Spikes

One of the most improbable and fascinating sports stories of my lifetime, occurred in the summer of 1994, throughout minor league ballparks in the southern part of the United States. During that...

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Why Should Parents Invest in MaxBP? Life Lessons

As parents we are constantly trying to teach our kids valuable lessons. The hope is that one day all of those teachable moments will lead to a fulfilling and happy life. Success plays a big role...

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Why Train with MaxBP? Mental, Physical and Visual Training

Think about the instrumental part our mind, body and eyes play in our ability to perform a task - in everyday life. Our eyes communicate with the brain, which communicates with the body. Without...

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Approach Every Pitch with an Opportunistic Mentality

One of the biggest hurdles for developing hitters is having the right mentality when they step into the batter’s box. Without confidence and a keen focus on each and every pitch, a hitter is...

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Misconception - Practice Makes Perfect

When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to attend a few sports camps during the summer - football, basketball and baseball - most of which were held at Shasta College in Redding, California.

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Misconception - A Strikeout is the Worst Outcome in an At-Bat

Anyone who has ever stepped foot into a batter’s box understands the feeling. Striding to the plate in front of a crowd of people, mostly strangers, can be a nerve wracking experience to say the...

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Misconception - Hitting is an Art, not a Science

There are a lot of interesting hitting theories out there, and while some are better than others, it’s safe to say that when it comes to batting - there is a great deal of individuality involved...

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Stayin' Alive! The Art of Fouling Off Pitches - with Alex Cora

Often times in athletics, it’s the little things that make all the difference. This is notoriously the team that “plays with more heart” or the player that is considered “a gamer.” But the reality...

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Slump Buster - Contribute

The most organic way to bust out of a slump is quite simple - stop worrying about yourself, put the team first and find a way to contribute. No matter the athletic activity, there is a ton of...

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Slump Buster - Very Superstitious

The slump is a peculiar thing, it comes and goes like the seasonal flu bug. No matter how many preventative measures an athlete takes, the slump rears its ugly head and knocks them straight on...

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Slump Buster - Don’t Dwell on the Past

One of the most difficult things about working through a slump is keeping a positive attitude. The ability to maintain a strong mindset during times of struggle is a challenge, but it’s a battle...

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Mental Training, Part II - Video Study, Analytics and 10,000 Hours

In yesterday’s blog, “Mental Training, Part I - Confidence, Toughness and a Plan of Attack,” we discussed how having a strong mindset and an organized thought process is imperative to an athlete’s...

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Mental Training, Part I - Confidence, Toughness and a Plan of Attack

Success on the diamond begins between the ears. If a hitter believes they will fail, they’re correct. If they think they will succeed, then they have a chance. Do you think Ronald Acuna Jr. lacks...

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Comfortable Hands

An essential part of a hitter’s success at the plate is gaining comfort in the batter’s box. There is no short cut here, just hours upon hours of hard work, dedication and fine tuning. The more...

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Hitting the “Opposite Hand” Curveball

There is a reason why managers in the Major Leagues make so many pitching changes in the late innings. Most of the time the substitution has been made to gain a match-up advantage. The statistics...

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Hitting the “Same Hand” Curveball

For many young athletes hitting a curveball is a struggle. A hitter may have the ability to crush a straight pitch, no matter the speed, but the breaking stuff gives them fits. If this is the...

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Situational Hitting with MaxBP - Sacrifice Fly

Situational hitting is a key component for any successful hitter. Whether it be advancing a runner with a sacrifice bunt or moving a runner over on a ground ball to the right side, knowing the...

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Foul Play - Not Always a Bad Thing

There are many things about baseball that I really appreciate, and like most lifelong fans, quite a few of those things are of the smaller variety. Hitting the cutoff man, breaking up a double...

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Freedom to Swing at Everything

What if I told you about a drill that required a hitter to swing at absolutely everything and it didn’t matter if they made contact or not? Sounds a little unorthodox? Well consider what Hall of...

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Don't Be Afraid of a Little Gas

Former Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams once said, “You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues.” Considering that the Splendid Splinter is viewed by many to be the best overall...

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Stayin' Alive! The Art of Fouling Off Pitches - with Brandon Belt

It was one of those beautiful moments in baseball - when all you could do was laugh. The announcers, the capacity crowd and both dugouts. Next the players on the field covered their smiling faces...

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How to Adjust the Eyes During an At-Bat

There are varying theories on where a batter should focus their eyes during an At-Bat. The hat. The jersey. Dead into the eyes of the pitcher. The truth of the matter is, it doesn't make as much...

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Conquering Fear in the Batter's Box

Dorothy Thompson once said, "Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." As far as anyone knows Thompson was not a baseball enthusiast. She made her mark as the first American...

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The Best Remedy for the Injury Bug

Every year thousands of athletes around the world are hurt playing the sport they love. This is an unfortunate truth about athletics, injuries do occur. However, with modern day science and...

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