What We Do
When we say, “Individualized programming”, we mean it. The moment an athlete steps on the training floor, they know they are getting a program that’s tailored to what they need. All of our pitching athletes go through a dense pitching evaluation. This inlcudes: Rapsodo, Motus Throw, and high speed cameras to assess the athlete’s ability. It’s very important that we use all these hubs of technology so that we can properly assess them.
We take these measures at CBC because we care about each and every athlete’s development, while also making sure they stay healthy. We want to take the guesswork out of what’s really going on with our athletes. In this day and age, we use tech because there are many things that these things track and measure that help us make better decisions as coaches.
Ultimately, we want to know how we can get the most out of each individual. Our programming is constantly evolving as we like to always make sure everyone is getting what they need. The two main questions we are always asking ourselves:
- How can we be better as coaches?
- How can we make our players better?
Our Movement Assessment
In addition to our intensive pitching evaluation, we also utilize a comprehensive movement assessment. During this assessment we take a look at the athlete’s body as a whole. By taking them through a movement assessment, we are looking at things that we can pair with their pitching evaluation. We highly stress that the movement assessment is as important as the pitching evaluation. We could just look at video and tell them where they’re breaking down mechanically, but with the movement assessment we can see why their mechanics are inefficient. Anatomical paired with biomechanical differences are what makes training athletes so interesting. Understanding individual differences allows us to make a program catered to that individual’s development as a whole. Athletes deserve a training protocol that allows them to not only correct flaws, but also enhance their natural ability.
CBC Current Client Profile: A Breakdown
Everyday, an athlete will login to their Traq profile. We use Traq so we can manage all of our athletes a lot more efficiently, while still being able to give them the attention and detail that they need. As pictured above, they have included:
- Health Notes
- Motus Data
- Previous Injury Report
- Mechanical Notes
- Pitch Design Notes
- Drills (different colors denoting different weighted plyo balls)
In their Traq profile, they are also able to view any high speed video we drag and drop to them. This is like a “one-stop profile” where athletes can see their whole program laid out.
By The Numbers
Below are some charts outlining where our in-house athletes stand against national averages. The numbers and charts below are taken from http://floridabaseballranch.com:
All CBC Pitchers vs. National Averages:
*Here we get to see how all of our pitchers stack up against the national averages. The interesting part about these numbers is that our average max velocity is mostly above the national average. Looking at this chart is illuminating because some kids don’t throw extremely hard, but all these guys have above average off-speed offerings. (Rapsodo reports will follow).
Top CBC Pitchers by Age vs. National Averages:
*Here we get to see how our “very elite” athletes stack up against the national averages. In all but one age group our best pitcher, by max velocity, is above the “Advanced” national average.
Pitch Profiles Via Rapsodo:
*The above chart shows the average vertical and horizontal breaks for all of our pitchers at CBC vs the MLB averages (in inches). For a group of pitchers that include a majority of high school arms, the above numbers show how much work is put in other than pure velocity work.
Another big aspect as to how guys get so much better training at CBC is the training environment. We’ve self adapted this “CBC Mob” mentality, where guys feel like they are a part of something that means sacrifice, hard work, and competition. CBC truly is one big family. We have players from multiple high schools, colleges, and even professional teams, but when they are in the facility they are the “CBC Mob”. CBC’s current clientele gets after it, as everyone is pushing one another to be the best they can be that day. Of course we as coaches expect a lot from the athletes, but they will also be pushed by their peers. When someone has been working their tail off, and then hops on the mound for the first time in a while, people get excited. Guys will be yelling and hollering at that particular athlete to help encourage that they reach their goals. The music gets turned up loud, and guys go to work every single day.