DSP Family and Friends,
It is not easy being a parent of a young athlete. It’s not easy being a parent, period. We all want to do what is best for our kids, but it is hard to know where to go for the solutions sometimes.
Each Fall I’m reminded of this when I get calls from parents looking for something better for their kids that want to develop into the baseball players they dream about. They’ve tried the camps, the travel teams, and clinics and get left wanting for more. I get it and am not surprised.
There is a place for those events. However, they are necessary-but-insufficient.
Baseball players are a subset of the many athletes we see come through the doors of DSP and unfortunately the vast majority have one thing in common…weakness. I am probably talking about your child. Yes, even the one that may be a perennial selection for the All-Star team.
Camps, clinics, and travel teams do not provide what every aspiring athlete needs…explosive strength and speed! Fortunately that is what we focus on at DSP.
I’m not sure how it happened, but the baseball community at all levels got sold a bill of goods over the past few decades when it came to understanding how to become a dominant, healthy athlete. Baseball is way behind other sports in this regard.
No position exemplifies the lack of knowledge more than that of Pitcher. The baseball and fitness community at large is not treating this group correctly and it is showing. Read the headlines.
Tommy John surgery is at an all-time high.
Better yet, ask your fellow parents if they know of a young pitcher that has a sore shoulder or elbow. They are far too common. People think there is nothing you can do about it as it comes with the territory. I believe that thinking is wrong.
What is the answer? Here is the DSP Way:
- Get Strong..VeryStrong – This is what we’ve been doing at DSP, quietly without fanfare with baseball players that come to us either in pain or desiring to get a competitive advantage. Many times both. WE GET RESULTS. Our athletes, from youth to college, get healthy and they maximize their chances for top-level performance.
2. Train for Mechanical Efficiency – PITCHERS must learn movement patterns that give them the best opportunity for maximum velocity, command, and HEALTH! Unfortunately much of the baseball world, particularly at the lower levels, is unaware of the movement patterns that can contribute to arm pain and loss of performance.
Many well-intentioned coaches actually teach things that can lead to loss of performance and arm pain. Do these long enough and you’re playing days get shortened.
At DSP we have gone out across the country and found the small group of independent thinkers leading the Velocity-Health movement. I will talk about them in subsequent emails. These are bold people that are willing to take on the status quo, be it from MLB, well meaning medical professionals, and general naysayers.
We have taken their programs and integrated them into the DSP process for creating EXPLOSIVENESS. The combination produces results that players and parents want to see.
- This Summer, two twelve year clients recently came to DSP with no pain but simply looking for additional strength and velocity. During a seven week span, each of them gained five to six mph.
More importantly, they learned which movements can contribute to arm pain. They became their own coaches! This is typical here at DSP. We are teachers.
- A varsity high school player came to DSP with arm pain and stuck in the low 80’smph. After training with DSP staff over the course of weeks, that player is healthy and flirting with the upper 80’s.
Let me summarize this again. If you want to become the best athlete and baseball player you can become, particularly pitchers, you must build great functional strength and you must learn how to move your body efficiently.
Teaching skill work without strength and efficiency is at best a waste of your time and money.
Parents, if your child is interested in becoming the best they can become, or if they are in pain when they throw a baseball, please talk to us at DSP and sign up for our 12 week program described below.
The 12 Weeks of Strength and Speed
- September 15th through December 6th.
- Three (3) sessions per week.
- 90 minutes per sessions Monday through Thursday = 60 minutes Strength and 30 minutes Pitching Movement Patterns.
- 60 minutes per session Saturday focusing on speed training.
- Four dedicated groups:
- 4:00pm-5:30pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
- 5:00pm-6:30pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
- 4:00pm-5:30pm, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- 5:00pm-6:30pm, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- Limited Enrollment. Groups no larger than eight (8).
- Cost is $890 (2 & 3 payment installments available)
This is groundbreaking. There is no other performance training group in the country working with young athletes with a curriculum like this. This email covers a lot but there is a whole lot more that my staff and I can say about what this program will do for your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I hope to see you soon!
Sign up now! This email is going to you before I send it to the general public so you can take advantage of it before all slots are filled. I will send this out to the public after Labor Day!
All the Best!