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Atlanta Braves MLB Assistant Hitting Coach - Bobby Magallanes

Ep. 229

2021 World Series Champion, Bobby Magallanes joins the show this week! Prior to this past season Bobby had spent 31 years in the minor leagues as a player and as a coach. While he was coaching in the minor leagues, Bobby got his masters degree in performance psychology. Let me tell you from first hand experience, that is useful when coaching hitters during a 100 plus game season. We also talk about the importance of having a growth mindset as a coach. mindfulness, what coaching actually means, and two strike approach.

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Seattle University Recruiting Coordinator - Millard Dawson

Ep. 265
Millard Dawson enters his fifthyear with the baseball program at Seattle U in 2021-22,and his fourthas 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

Are you a Division 1 College Baseball Player?

Ep. 264
I'm Patrick Jones and I used to be a hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Now I work with hitters in the private sector in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also help players with college recruiting.In today's episode, we're going to talk about college recruiting. Specifically, we're going to talk about division one players versus d2 and d3 players.Learn the reasons behind why certain players are getting recruited to Division 1 schools and why others aren't.It's a tricky topic to talk about because it's not always easy to see why certain players get chosen over others. But I think it's important for us to understand the reasons behind these decisions so players can better prepare for their future in terms of playing baseball in college and make sure they're doing everything they can to get recruited.SHOW NOTES:[1:34] Your age is important and the year you graduate is important.[2:11] All these big conferences are looking at you.[2:41] Remember how social media works you don't go viral by just doing ordinary things.[3:20]The journey is far from over for anybody who's committing as an eighth or ninth grader.[3:44] First thing is velocity.[4:09] Projecting.[4:34] Power five schools come in first and they try to get the top talent across the country.[5:08] From a position player standpoint one of those top talents to be picked up.[5:24] Defense is extremely important.[6:34] When you're comparing yourself to some other players you got to take into account that it's not just the bat.[8:03] Most of the time heading summer, heading into your senior year, and all of your senior year that's when the D2, D3, NAIA, and Jucos are recruiting players.[9:22] Division 1 players that are being recruited.[11:09] You need to be dominating where you're playing right now.[11:59] Pop times.[12:51]If you want to go play division one baseball you need to be around 100 miles an hour exit velocity.[14:39] They're looking at your swing.[15:16] Makeup from a position player standpoint[15:46] From a pitcher standpoint you need to be around 90 miles an hour.[16:54] At the college level it's about winning games.[17:09] Projectability and Mechanics.[19:17] Growth takes time.[20:29] Consistency leads to growth.Sign up for my email list and I'll send you free content every week via email with tips on being recruited into college Jones

Nutrition for Baseball and Softball Players - Dawn Weatherwax

Ep. 263
In today's episode, I speak to Dawn Weatherwax. Dawn is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in Sports Nutrition and Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an Athletic Trainer with a Certification in Strength and Conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association.She brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete's body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health.Dawn is an active member in the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Training Association (NATA), & Greater Cincinnati Athletic Training Association (GCATA).Dawn shares nutritional tips that will help players improve their game. Whether you are a professional athlete or an age-level player, in order to maximize success you must have a solid nutrition plan in place.She talks about the Nutrition piece like hydration and what it actually does from an athletic standpoint. She also offered a lot of great advice from her experience working with athletes from different levels because a lot of players don't realize that nutrition is an important part of playing any sport.She shares the importance of a training plan and routine for baseball and softball.Dawn is a wealth of information, and she's got tons of great tips and tricks to share with all players out there. We know that you'll walk away feeling like you've learned something new and valuable from this episode, so we can't wait for you to hear it!SHOW NOTES:[2:27] What would you say is the most common mistake that players make when it comes to nutrition?[3:15] Is there a certain amount of calories that you recommend players try to intake during the season?[13:03] Elite athletes, it's not necessarily what they do that makes them elite it's what they don't do.[23:12]It should be mandatory that you are bringing something with you to eat or snack on during the game.[24:30] Food is fuel.[24:52] If you’re 1% dehydrated your ability to track objects decreases by 10%.[25:28] This game is so mental if you can't focus and lock in and your eyesight's affected, what are we doing?[30:35] What's a good breakfast for a baseball or softball player?[36:15] One of the things that I'll tell players is because being able to hit the ball harder is such an important task in hitting.[46:42] How should players go about actually getting tested?[50:29] If someone does want to work with you or reach out to you what's the best way for them to get in contact with you?FOLLOW DAWN:Website:www.sn2g.comLandline:513-779-6444Facebook:Dawn WeatherwaxTwitter:@sn2goInstagram:sportsnutritiontogo