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Latest Episode10/3/2022

Blueprint to Recruiting and Player Development - Marty Sutherland

Ep. 271
In today’s episode, we talk to Marty Sutherland. Marty is currently the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Iowa. He gives some great insight and great tips to those who are going through the recruiting process right now. He also talks about what he's looking for and how they do things at Iowa from a development standpoint. He mentions some of the things that are important to them at Iowa. Marty takes us behind the scenes and talks about some of the things that they are implementing this fall with their players that they haven't done necessarily in the past.SHOW NOTES[4:26] What is your story on having to stop coaching, selling insurance, and then getting back into coaching?[10:19] How many texts and emails would you say you get a day about recruiting?[12:29] Why do you not go after and offer tons of kids then sit back and see how they perform?[16:29] Would there be smaller classes because of the transfer portal?[19:32] What does a high quality high school kid look like for you?[22:56] What's something that turns you off when you are watching high school kids?[27:51] Make sure you're working on your defense too. Because even if you're a good hitter, if you cannot defend or you’re a liability, you're not going to play.[28:04] Are you looking for players who play solely up the middle?[29:50] From a projectability standpoint, would you take into account where a kid is at right now versus where you project him to be down the road in a couple of years?[32:25] Knowing what you know now, what piece of advice would you tell yourself from the first day you started recruiting out on the road several years ago?[32:41] Trust what you see.[35:19] Where did you learn how to recruit from?[37:41] Is there anything that you feel like you want to really get better at from a recruiting or scouting standpoint?[41:45] How did Iowa become known for this development program?[45:14] Could you elaborate on the manager program?[49:02] What would a position player who comes to campus in the fall at Iowa typically look like from a development standpoint throughout the fall into the winter?[51:32] How do you help those players understand their swing?[54:09] How important is helping players with feel?[57:00] How do you help players with the mental side of the game?FOLLOW MARTYTwittermsuth15Instagrammsuth15
10/3/2022

Blueprint to Recruiting and Player Development - Marty Sutherland

Ep. 271
In today’s episode, we talk to Marty Sutherland. Marty is currently the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Iowa. He gives some great insight and great tips to those who are going through the recruiting process right now. He also talks about what he's looking for and how they do things at Iowa from a development standpoint. He mentions some of the things that are important to them at Iowa. Marty takes us behind the scenes and talks about some of the things that they are implementing this fall with their players that they haven't done necessarily in the past.SHOW NOTES[4:26] What is your story on having to stop coaching, selling insurance, and then getting back into coaching?[10:19] How many texts and emails would you say you get a day about recruiting?[12:29] Why do you not go after and offer tons of kids then sit back and see how they perform?[16:29] Would there be smaller classes because of the transfer portal?[19:32] What does a high quality high school kid look like for you?[22:56] What's something that turns you off when you are watching high school kids?[27:51] Make sure you're working on your defense too. Because even if you're a good hitter, if you cannot defend or you’re a liability, you're not going to play.[28:04] Are you looking for players who play solely up the middle?[29:50] From a projectability standpoint, would you take into account where a kid is at right now versus where you project him to be down the road in a couple of years?[32:25] Knowing what you know now, what piece of advice would you tell yourself from the first day you started recruiting out on the road several years ago?[32:41] Trust what you see.[35:19] Where did you learn how to recruit from?[37:41] Is there anything that you feel like you want to really get better at from a recruiting or scouting standpoint?[41:45] How did Iowa become known for this development program?[45:14] Could you elaborate on the manager program?[49:02] What would a position player who comes to campus in the fall at Iowa typically look like from a development standpoint throughout the fall into the winter?[51:32] How do you help those players understand their swing?[54:09] How important is helping players with feel?[57:00] How do you help players with the mental side of the game?FOLLOW MARTYTwittermsuth15Instagrammsuth15
9/26/2022

Developing Canadian Baseball Players - Mitch Davidoff

Ep. 270
In today’s episode, I speak to Mitch Davidoff. Mitch is currently the manager for the Victoria Eagles, which is a travel baseball organization. Mitch talks about how he helps young baseball players in Canada as well as the comparison of Victoria Eagles in Canada and in the United States. Mitch is also a fantastic hitting coach and has a growth mindset that works perfectly with his coaching skills. He also mentions hitters that he watches to observe their strategies in playing.SHOW NOTES[2:26] Based on what you've seen on how travel baseball is in the States, what's the biggest differences that you see from Canada to the United States?[6:21] Do your team travel a decent amount?[7:00] How often do your team come to the United States to play?[7:54] How often do your team have college coaches come up and see you in Canada?[10:39] What is your story behind playing college baseball at four different schools?[13:52] What was your experience with competing at a higher level?[16:42] Did you play hockey growing up?[17:30] What is the timeline like for players in high school level in Canada?[20:59] Is the strength conditioning world pretty big up there in terms of baseball players working out pretty hard all year round?[22:05] What would be something that you would want to implement for your player from a development standpoint that you don’t have right now?[25:46] What’s your framework from hitting standpoint when you’re developing players?[29:09] How do you go about helping players deal with building an approach and the mental side of the game and kind of that tactical game planning?[34:02] Who was your team growing up? Was it the Mariners?[35:18] Are there any hitters that you really like watching today who are still playing?[36:14] What are some of the things that you see from the hitters you watch that you take to your hitters?[38:30] Do you ever have your hitters feel the positions you mentioned during their practice?[40:13] What is the C from A.C.T.?[41:45] Did you came up with the A.C.T. kind of program?[42:55] What is your dream?FOLLOW MITCHLinkedIn: Mitch Davidoff
9/19/2022

Using Data to Evaluate Softball Pitchers - Nate Walker

Ep. 269
Nate Walker has worked in baseball operations for two Major League Baseball front offices. He acted as a contact person for the coaching staff of the Major Leagues and helped them with pregame planning, game strategy, and statistical analysis. Nate currently serves as the founder and president of Diamond Solutions, a business that provides analytics consulting to softball and baseball companies.In today’s episode, Nate talks about how he collects data and information in softball. He also mentions that high school pitchers should focus on creating movement north-south vs. east-west. Nate also mentions that he goes out and scouts high school pitchers or the travel ball scene and his ways of scouting and recruiting pitchers.Free Presentation on how to help Softball Hitters improve their timingTune in to this episode to find out more about Nate Walker.SHOW NOTES[2:37] How did you go from a scout and professional baseball to now working with different programs in the softball world on the pitching?[5:40] How are you collecting data and information in softball? Is it through Rapsodo?[7:17] When you said that, similar to when you were in the front office, are you speaking about just movement plots? Like the way track, man would have different scattered plots?[9:12] What was something that did surprise you once you started collecting some of the data and information? Is there anything that stood out or surprised you?[11:35] If they're focusing on their development, let's say they are high school pitchers, they should focus more on north-south and developing that repertoire than worrying about east going east-west.[13:45] Have you ever experimented with players or had them experiment with different grips? And if so, have you seen any correlation between increased vertical brake with varying grips of pitch or finger pressure on the ball?[15:06] What are some common flaws you see from a Biomechanical analysis?[17:12] What velocity should high school players aim for if they want to play in college, based on the data you've seen?[18:36] Do you scout high school pitchers or the travel ball scene?[23:21] How do you, scout and recruit pitchers?[27:00] What would you say about the percentage of progressive college softball coaches and maybe some of those early adopters you just mentioned?[38:28] Do you do any work with travel softball organizations?[37:37] How many years do you think it will take for softball to be as accepting and open from a technology analytics development standpoint right around where baseball is right now?[40:41] What advice would you give to a high school pitcher?FOLLOW NATE:Twitter: DomiNate34LinkedIn: Nathan WalkerEmail: nhwalker34@gmail.com
9/11/2022

Teaching Players to Move Better - Dr. Ismael Gallo

Ep. 268
Dr. Ismael Gallo, a physical therapist who was once a professional baseball player, appears in today's episode. As a current physical therapist as well as a former baseball player, he's able to mix the areas of movement and on field baseball and comprehend abilities and skill growth. He also created a movement system that enables players to execute more effectively from a young age through high school, junior high, college, and professional baseball.SHOW NOTES[2:20] Did you immediately knew that you wanted to get into studying the movement and biomechanics of how people move?[4:05] What are some of the things that you've found that we're doing a poor job of training and developing athletes from a young age all the way up?[5:05] What are some things that coaches can start doing to help their athletes develop at a younger age and at a faster rate?[6:46] What are some ways to help a player when they grow older in high school?[8:09] It's not necessarily a strength issue, it's just the players not having good movement.[8:50] What are some simple ways that you can help with that movement and help improve that movement if you are a coach?[10:45] How big of an impact does going though puberty affect movement and mobility?[12:24] What about lifting weights? Do you combine your system with them already lifting weights?[14:01] What exactly do you mean by they're moving one way in the weight room and then moving the other way?[15:29] How many times a week should players be doing your program?[16:58] Is your program something that you would want the player to do before practice or would you rather do them after?[17:56] How long does it normally take to start to see changes that will show up during a game?[19:27] What age should they be starting to do some of these movement patterns?[20:25] Do you need anything for the program or is it something that you just need literally the ground and space?[21:50] Is there anything specific that you see routinely a lot that could be preventative?[23:02] What are some mechanical issues you see from pitchers when you watch them on a video?[25:25] What exactly do you mean by flow?[25:30] Flow is how we transition from one movement pattern to the next.[28:03] Simplification is the biggest thing we have to do as providers.[28:39] Train your movement patterns.[28:49] What are your thoughts on young kids using weighted balls?[31:56] Experience matters, the reps matter. You need a lot of reps to be able to master your craft as a coach.[34:56] Do you have any Adrain Beltre stories you could share with the audience?[36:29] Is there anything else you would like to share with the listeners?[40:30] Just because you dropped out of something doesn't mean that your identity is a drop out or quitter forever. You can always pick yourself back up and finish strong.[40:48] It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. It’s never too late to believe in yourself.[43:06] If anyone wants to contact you, what’s the best way?FOLLOW DR. GALLO:Instagram: @dr.ismaelgallo @baseballflowsofficialTwitter: @flowsdocWebsite: www.baseballflows.comFacebook: Baseball Flows Page
9/5/2022

How to use Technology and Analytics to Develop Softball Pitchers - Josh Johnson

Ep. 267
Josh Johnson, who joined Mississippi State's staff on August 27, 2019, has improved the Bulldogs' player development strategy using advanced technology and analytics. Josh is the recruiting coordinator and the Associate Head Softball Coach at Mississippi State University. He is working on research using motion capture technology with State's Athlete Engineering department while getting his PhD in biomechanics at Mississippi State.In today’s episode, Josh, being one of the most progressive minds in softball, talks about his experiences and knowledge of applying biomechanics and advanced technology in softball. He also mentions that visualization and mental imagery has to be trained and that it takes practice to get good at it. Furthermore, Josh points out the importance of movement. He mentions that learning to move correctly in the weight room is huge. Talking about and understanding how to move properly, according to Josh Johnson, is the easiest way to get better faster.Here is a free presentation on How to Help Softball Hitters be on Time: https://patrickjonesbaseball.com/softballtimingSHOW NOTES[03:07] What are your thoughts on visualization and do you promote that to your players?[06:40] Can you take us through what mean by goal setting for your players?[11:45] What is the set up for posting your plans in order for everybody to see?[13:04] Why did you pick softball over baseball?[16:12] When did you have time to work on your PhD when you are doing other jobs as the college coach?[19:00] Out of all the languages, why did you choose to learn Japanese?[20:11] How is your motion capture lab work? Is it markerless?[24:11] Do you think that in the next three to five years, the softball world will be basically where baseball is right now in terms of players?[27:20] Have you seen and done any research regarding fastpitch softball like TPI OnBaseU?[30:06] What are some things that softball pitchers, based on the data that you've seen or maybe have collected, should be focusing on in high school right now?[34:58] What is your take on weighted balls for softball pitchers?[37:34] First thing that high school pitchers should know is the importance of getting a movement screen and knowing yourself from a moving standpoint.[37:42] Would you say that finding somebody who has a background in softball or just OnBaseU certified, TPI, or something to do this movement screen, or do you think that just the average strength coach knows enough to be able to help them with that?[40:46] What are some velocity numbers that you typically see for some of your pitchers that are coming in as freshmen?[40:26] Are there any cues that you hear on the pitching side that don’t ever really help but you hear them time and time again?[47:00] Do you use a lot of video when you're trying to show changes to a player that you want them to make?[53:03] What’s your take on player plans when your players show up every day?FOLLOW JOSH:Twitter: @jjpower19Instagram: @jjpower19Email: jjohnson@athletics.msstate.eduBook: Tend to Grow
8/15/2022

Eastern Illinois University Assistant Softball Coach - Rachel Huggins

Ep. 266
In today’s episode, a newly recruited hitting coach, Rachel Huggins, shares her experiences in coaching at Eastern Illinois University. Rachel shares how she was recruited during her high school years. She also talks about her recruiting process today as a hitting coach and how she helps hitters build their own approach and in individualizing the different pitches and parts of the zone.She shares her and the team’s philosophy when it comes to hitting. She also talks about how she builds relationships with the team and points out what they need to improve on.SHOW NOTES:[2:25] What is your recruiting process as a high school player?[3:48] Is there anything you would have worked on or focused more on as a player in high school to get ready for college?[4:46] What other sports did you play?[5:19] In the recruiting process, do you look for players who have played multiple sports?[6:01] What are you looking for when you are recruiting players?[7:08] Do you look for defense first type players or offense first type player? Is there something you look for like they can hit but you have to have someone who can play defense?[7:49] How many players do you normally try to bring in per class?[8:12] How many pitchers would you normally recruit in a class?[8:43] Did you always know that you wanted to get into coaching when you were playing?[9:56] What were you going to do if you were not a coach?[10:17] What are some of the things that you learned and realized when you started coaching?[11:18] What is your favorite part about coaching?[12:01] What is your hitting philosophy like?[12:55] What are some of the things that Chris Malveaux introduced to you that made you thing about things differently?[13:42] How do you help hitters build their own approach?[14:45] Do you have a team-wide philosophy when it comes to hitting?[15:17] How are you planning on going about relationships with the team?[16:00] How do you go about setting up the fall as the hitting coach?[17:09] What do you like focusing on in the individual work? Is there certain constraints, drills, or machines that you like to use?[17:52] Do you give the hitters plans on what you want them to improve upon over the summer?[18:58] What is an example of what you would want the hitters to be specifically doing?[19:42] What is your take on random versus block practice?[21:01] From a mechanics standpoint, what do you like to see out of your hitters?[22:23] What are some of the positions that you want the hitters to be in?[22:54] Do you utilize technology?[23:13] Have you used those rapsodo and blast before at Bradley?[24:51] Is there something that you want to get better at from a coaching standpoint?[25:37] Is there anything specific right now that you are working on or trying to learn?[26:57] Are there certain or favorite drills that you do?[27:13] Working in small groups, are there certain things or constraints that you’ll have the hitters to start in?[27:42] How do you think a hitting coach should be evaluated?[29:34] What is your typical practice day be like during fall season?[30:42] How about during spring season? What would your typical practice day be like?[31:18] Do you do hitters’ meetings before a series with the team?FOLLOW RACHEL:Twitter:@CoachHugs19LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-huggins-8008288a
8/8/2022

Seattle University Recruiting Coordinator - Millard Dawson

Ep. 265
Millard Dawson enters his fifth year with the baseball program at Seattle U in 2021-22, and his fourth as an assistant under Head Coach Donny Harrel. In his first season, Dawson served as a student manager for the Redhawks. He assists with the recruiting, small-game offense and outfielders, while also serving as the team's first base coach.Millard shares his experiences being a competitor playing multiple sports and how he's grown as a hitter over the years. He tells us about professional baseball and what it all takes to be a complete hitter. He also talks about letting players be their own hitting coach.He shares the importance of understanding how the body moves in sequence and getting hitters to understand how their body moves via drills or constraints from the ground up.Millard shares some tips on how to be successful from a hitting standpoint. He talks about why he wants to give back to the youth and college athletes and help them learn from the mistakes that he made along the way.In this episode, he touched base on Mental skills and breathing during fall ball and the importance of doing the right things at all times.SHOW NOTES:[2:31] What were you hoping to do with your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Health Promotion?[3:52] What are some ways that you help hitters figure out their own body and how it's supposed to move, are there certain constraints or drills that you like to use with your hitters?[5:22] The whole process of you deciding to try to play football and baseball at a very high level in college and ending up in professional.[10:49] What are some of those mistakes you felt like you made back then that you help make sure guys steer away from?[13:30] What's the right way to approach you as a coach if you recommend something to a player but they feel comfortable doing it their own way?[17:05] How much do you promote just the competition within?[19:29] What's your take on doing those types of things to help build confidence within players in that competition?[22:08] what about lifting during the season?[23:44] What's a typical fall ball day if you're a hitter?[25:53] What's your take on small ball versus trying to hit for power?[27:44] Is it important for you as a recruiter to make sure each guy can lay down a bun?[28:52] What are some things that you know you've learned since you've started scouting, recruiting, and watching players?[30:32] Do you watch kids?[31:56] From a pitching standpoint is there a certain amount of starts or a certain amount of games you need to see from him before you're ready to make an offer?[33:05] What about looking for position players who strictly play up the middle?[34:10] Is there a certain time like home to first time or 60 time that really catches your eye?[35:11] What about arm strength for outfielders?[36:46] Is it hard to evaluate an outfielder though from their range standpoint?[39:52] How do you go about developing them as human beings?[41:49] Do you guys name captains?[45:03] Are you guys utilizing the transfer portal?[47:16] What advice would you give yourself being a recruiting coordinator on just how to go about getting them seen and getting recruited like what should they be focusing on?FOLLOW MILLARD:Twitter:@SeattleUBase@Coach_MDawson42Email:dawsonmillar@seattleu.edu