Teaching baseball fundamentals is difficult, but not nearly as tough as guiding players beyond a basic performance
level. Veteran coach and player Rick Wolff, who worked his way up to the pro ranks on smarts and sweat, now shares insights
he gleaned from playing and coaching thousands of games at every level of competition.
Youll find tips on:
and using equipment,
conditioning the body and throwing arm,
practicing pre-season, in-season, and off-season,
offensive, defensive, and pitching skills,
focusing, adjusting, and staying sharp mentally, and
helping players showcase
Playing Better Baseball is the reference and instructional tool youll wish you had when you started
coaching. Its the perfect guide for helping players who want to perform at a higher level. Pass it along to your players to
read or use it yourself to develop each athletes full potential.
This book covers all the bases, from choosing the
right bat to getting the most out of each at-bat. Its a great assistant coach to have at your side.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Leading Off With the Basics
2. Using the Tools of the Trade
Chapter 3. Conditioning Your Body and Throwing Arm
Chapter 4. Practicing
to Your Max
Chapter 5. Developing an Offensive Arsenal
Chapter 6. Becoming a Top-Flight Defensive Player
7. PitchingNot Throwingto Win
Chapter 8. Mastering the Mental Side of Hitting
Chapter 9. Showcasing
Your Skills and Attitude
In Fit to Pitch, Tom combines his on-field experiences,
weight-room workouts, and years of research
to deliver proven, practical applications that will strengthen your pitching throughout the year.
outlines essential training components to develop more speed, strength, and stamina on the mound;
pitcher-specific workouts for year-round conditioning; and
highlights rehabilitation guidelines that help players return
to competition faster and more safely.
In Part I, Tom describes training components that balance strength building
and pitching workloads and wont tear down pitchers arms. He includes:
more than 30 integrated flexibility techniques;
and anaerobic workouts;
both small-muscle and large-muscle group drills for conditioning; and
flat-ground versus mound
Part II shows you how to set up a complete pitchers training program using the components described
in part I, including daily workouts, between-game sessions, and a season-long plan. You will learn to design workouts to meet
the specific needs and styles of pitchers--starters, relievers, power pitchers, finesse pitchers--and build your body and
arm for peak performance.
In Part III Tom outlines "prehabilitative" conditioning guidelines and exercises that help
maximize pitching performance and minimize the risk of injury. He also shares his rehabilitative training methods, proved
to facilitate the recovery time of injured players. With Toms nutritional dos and try-tos for pitchers, youll learn how to
combine, rotate, and supplement food to stay healthy on and off the field. Youll want to try the 14-day diet designed specifically
to meet pitchers nutritional needs.
Tom House takes the guesswork out of physical, mechanical, and nutritional preparation,
so that you can take the mound Fit to Pitch.
For players, Complete Conditioning for Baseball is a year-round conditioning manual that theyll take
to the weight room as well as to the practice field. For coaches, its the ideal team and player training guide that theyve
wished for years they had.
The books all-star lineup features:
105 photographs illustrating correct exercise
technique and game action;
26 tables containing training workouts and programs;
39 strengthening exercises for building
the muscles used most in baseball;
46 drills for developing greater power, speed, and agility;
12-week, sample training programs for pitchers and position players, off-season and in-season.
The authors are
two of the best authorities when it comes to maximizing the performance potential of players through baseball-specific conditioning.
Pat Murphy, who brought Notre Dames baseball program from the bottom to the top, now is at Arizona State piloting one of the
countrys best college baseball programs. Jeff Forney is the strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Murphy and Forney present exercises and drills that transfer directly to the playing field for winning performance.