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When looking at conditioning for pitchers, we can’t run poles (or any form of aerobic training for that matter) just because generations past ran poles, nor can we avoid poles like the plague just because a couple of people said they will make you “less explosive.”


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Two alternatives to running poles:

One method is to use the Tempo Run.
- Establish a set distance in which to run. Normally, I use around 40-60 yards

- Take off from the starting point, gradually increasing speed until reaching approximately 70-80% of max speed

- This speed should be fast enough to create long strides, unlike that of a jog (i.e. short strides), but slow enough so it is not exhausting

- Once the distance is achieved, walk back to the starting position
Continue for allotted time, usually 15-30 minutes

Another method is the Recovery Circuit is composed of a handful of exercises that utilize movement to facilitate recovery.


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Coach Lisle

I've never gotten so many emails/texts over someone elses Facebook video before.

Here are my thoughts.

The people who don't like the "Hop" have generally said things like "keep it simple" "unnecessary", etc. The issue I have with that is that this game isn't simple and everything doesn't have to be simple and easy. It's a complex game and time has to be spent on complex things.

Having said that, all around the country today there are probably travel ball coaches and even college coaches that are trying to implement this "Hop" based on this video. That is OK, as long as you spend the time to work on it & teach it correctly and most won't. Most will try to implement it and then get frustrated when they struggle with the timing of it.

Do I think it can help infielders? Yes. Do I think the "Hop" has to be so high/large? No. But if they've worked on it enough and have the body control, I'm not against it. Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox does it.

The same goes with leg lifts in hitting. Because of Josh Donaldson and some others, kids all around the world have implemented leg kicks. Do I think its a good body movement? Yes. Do you need to have body control, maintain good posture and understand how to do it right and practice it? Yes!

If you are considering adding the "Hop" to your infielders repertoire just make sure that you spend the time learning how to teach it and practicing it to the point of excellence not just throw it out there and hope it works.


Coach Lisle

Interesting article.


- Completely agree with him regarding ground balls. Ground balls are bad at every level except maybe 10 & Under and gets exponentially bad the higher the level.

- Not sure I agree on the contact with 2 Strikes theory. I would like to see more analysis. In the article it says "Ground balls usually mean weak contact and no damage done. Iapoce will stress to hitters to focus early in the count on a specific pitch that can be lifted. Chasing something else usually means a grounder and a wasted at-bat." but then a few sentences later says "Iapoce will push for more of a make-contact swing with two strikes". To me, the definition of a "make-contact swing" is what he says not to do in the sentence before.

- I will say that I believe that the above points are different for different hitters. For example, if I have a hitter who doesn't hit for any power, I would say that his 2 Strike Approach can work because the % of hard contact isn't dropping that much. But for someone like Mike Trout? Harper? Goldschmidt? These guys have OPS over 1.000. Does changing them to a "contact swing" with 2 strikes hurt the team in the long run? I say YES.


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Dug up this old video I have of Bryce Harper swinging a 36oz bat as a 18 year old. His backside drive was/is incredible.


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