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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:
choosing and using equipment,
conditioning the body and throwing arm,
practicing pre-season, in-season, and off-season,
developing offensive, defensive, and pitching skills,
focusing, adjusting, and staying sharp mentally, and
helping players showcase their skills.

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
Chapter 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
Chapter 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.

This comprehensive conditioning program:

outlines essential training components to develop more speed, strength, and stamina on the mound;
details 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;
aerobic and anaerobic workouts;
both small-muscle and large-muscle group drills for conditioning; and
flat-ground versus mound training cycles.

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;
nutritional guidelines; and
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.

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