Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Be “The Guy” for your team...

What does it mean to be “The Guy”?  What does it mean to be a dude?
Do you have to be the best player on your team?
Everyone wants to be a dude! Everyone wants that success! Most think it’s all about talent and results but to be a dude requires so much more!
Below are the qualifications for being “The Guy” 

1 Thrive under pressure  
2 Quickly refocus after mistakes 
3 Think 'we' over 'me' 
4 Elevate the play of teammates  
5 Refuse to lose 
6 Extremely Focused 
7 Play at their best during the most critical times

8 Don't take things personal

Be The Guy that wants the ball in the Big Game!
Be The Guy that wants to win all the time, not just when you are pitching.
Be The Guy that shows up everyday the same way...Ready to Compete!

We will discuss the “How to” for all of qualifications in our next blog...

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Be who you are!

I had a Social Studies teacher in the 7th grade tell our class that clothing doesn’t define the person but that the person defines the clothing. She went on to tell us that Harvard university implemented a rule in the 1970s saying students could not wear clothing with logos on the outside.  Branding logos of any kind were not allowed!
You’re probably asking, How does this apply to a pitchers blog!?
We see so many kids following throwing programs because so and so did it and he throws the baseball 90mph now! They jump into this program with out any understanding of who they are, where they are in the growth process, and only wanting to be what someone else is. There are some simple steps to follow when wanting to improve as a pitcher. Yes velocity is important, no matter  what anyone says! Arm health and the ability to locate are both important as well.
The question is, How do you gain possession of all 3?
Here are 10 variables to gaining velocity, having a healthy arm and having the ability to throw the baseball where you want to...

1) Play catch everyday! (There is no substitute)
2) Long toss (
3) Jaeger Band work
4) weight room! (Get in there)
5) hip mobility
6) flexibility
7) mechanics of the pitching delivery (use video)
8) weighted balls (they work no matter what people say)
9) running sprints (cardio is a necessity
10) CONFIDENCE IN THE STRIKE ZONE (This is number 10 because when it all comes together and a pitcher has confidence in throwing strikes you will see an uptick in velocity!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Role of a Reliever

Now that we are a couple weeks into the College & High School baseball season, most pitching staffs have defined roles on their teams. If you are in a relieving role we have some good info for you today! Speaking with the CEO of Owens Management, John Owens mentioned that a relievers heart rate should enter the game at the same beat or pulse that the game is pacing. Meaning you can't enter the game as a reliever thinking you have some time to pace yourself or work into the game.  You have to be spot on from the first pitch you throw. When your name is called, enter the game with some energy that your teammates can pull from! I see it the same as a car exiting a ramp onto an Interstate. That car must enter the Interstate with the same speed or faster than the cars are moving that are already on the highway! If they enter at a slower pace then everything gets backed up! Don't be the reason your team gets backed up! Be that fire that propels them forward!

-Jake Robbins

Monday, December 15, 2014

Healthy VS UnHealthy Arms

The most popular topic of conversation among baseball coaches, Parents and players today is "How to keep a healthy and strong throwing arm."
The number 1 rule in this most difficult task is for the player to ask himself "How does my arm feel today?"
No one knows the player's arm like he does!
Underuse of the arm can be just as bad as overuse!
A good baseball friend of mine out in California does a great job with arm care -Alan Jaeger

When we talk through this topic the saying "If you don't use it, you lose it" always comes up. It's how you use it that matters!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Routine for Pitchers

Finding a routine as a Pitcher in the game of baseball can be tricky but isn't as hard as it seems. The goal is to "Find What Works for You"
There isn't a science to finding Your Routine but it does take some data collecting. Here are 3 Keys to finding Your Routine...
1) Establish a daily & weekly plan
2) Assess the Success of your day & week
3) Make adjustments to your plan until you find consistency in your game.

No 2 pitchers are alike. Find what works for you and stick to it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Are you in Baseball Shape?

Many ask me what they should do for cardio as a Pitcher. Many believe they are conditioning properly by running poles, or long distant runs. Baseball is an explosive sport requiring short bursts!  Here is a 5 day plan that will bring you quick results!
Monday: 300 yard Shuttles X 60, 50, 25 yards
Tuesday: 6 Double Gassers X 50, 40, 30 yards
Wednesday: Day off
Thursday. 8 Gassers X 50, 40, 30 yards
Friday: 6 Sprints X  60 yards
Saturday: 10 Sprints X 30 yards

Good Luck!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pitchers & Weight lifting programs

I read an article today that reinforced my beliefs, as well as many others beliefs. The main focus was keeping kids healthy and creating healthy pitching arms.
"Pitching is not a strength activity.  It does not require much strength to throw a 5 oz baseball.  There are 10 year olds who can throw 70 and 14 year olds who can throw 80…without having spent time strength training.  Speed of movement and momentum and quality mechanics are for more important in pitching than strength.
If you are lifting weights as a pitcher or you know someone who is please do yourself a favor. Run, do your band exercises, strengthen your core and legs. Stay away from Olympic style lifts!