Paul, In a skill activity such as pitching where proper mechanics are of paramount importance very, very few are going to reach a high level no matter how much they have of an “intense drive to play and improve.” There are tons of mediocre high school and college players who could have been much, much better with good instruction. How many pitchers of the millions who have pitched actually end up at the major league level? A tiny, tiny percentage and they are the ones who had the innate ability to figure out how their bodies worked to produce those results. Most of them were just very good athletes to begin with. There are millions of golfers who have been playing regularly for years with an intense drive to improve and knock 10 strokes off their score. However, few do unless they get professional instruction. The bottom line is you must learn what the body is supposed to do. I do a fair amount of video analysis for both high school and college pitchers and very, very few who do not have our program understand how to produce power. They just don’t understand what their bodies are supposed to do. This would be true in golf as well. Or swimming. But most of the top professional golfers and swimmers today have had instruction from a very early age. However, there has not been a lot of good instruction in baseball pitching. But there has been a ton of poor advice. Trial and error without knowledge of mechanics will generally produce poor results when you look at a large number. Dick
Dick – My job in life is implementing process improvements to help organizations become more effecient. When I do that I may be specific to what I must improve but reference support and/or other ideas and concepts so that my customer can be sure to have them available. I do that by giving them necessary information paths – like web sites or books or seminars etc. In my opinion you should simply reference good sites to cover grips, pick-off moves, and other common available items. Don’t include them in your book in detail. Also, get the darn thing done so I can read it!!!!! Very much looking forward to your publishing, Tom
Tom, I am in the middle of the “grips” section. Will be completed by the end of the week. Also working on the cover. I believe we have 53 sections or chapters. As I said nearly 600 pages. Dick
Dick What is the anticipated release date to your existing clients? What is your target pricing? And who is your co-author? If your unable to provide these details at present, please let me know when you will be able.
Joe, As for release date we are shooting for Christmas. However, we are in the middle of cover design and rewriting certain parts which goes with the territory in book writing. The printing of the cover could delay release. It’s a four-color heavy weight paper. We may forgo the four color cover until the next printing if we think it will delay it too long. We know most of you do not care about the cover. The price of the book will be $67 plus shipping. This is actually less than the average price of sports science books of this magnitude. Most of those that are 400-450 pages are priced above $70. This will be nearly 600 pages. There will be an “early bird” discount to customers – $47 plus shipping. My contribution is a mere 100 pages. The remaining 500 pages are all referenced and are pure research with over 450 references. My co-author is a Ph.D., R.Psy (sports behavioral psychologist) with over 35 years experience. There is no one whom I admire more than this man. Interestingly some of this book was written on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia when he was there consulting the Australian Football League about their steroid policy. Yes, he is an expert on steroids as well and believes baseball has no idea what it is doing regarding its steroid policy. If true knowledge is power – you will feel empowered about your pitching knowledge after reading it. But it is not bedtime reading and will not be read in one sitting. This is not a book that high school or maybe even college pitchers will want to read because there is no magic or hype. Only what has proven to work over and over again in all sports. Coaches or instructors at the high school, college and pro levels who do not have this book as a reference source are doing themselves, their teams and their pitchers a huge disservice. My co-author will remain nameless until the book is released. __________________________ The Science And Art Of Baseball Pitching…The Coaches’ Complete Handbook of Scientific Pitching ? Exposure of Current Myths, False Beliefs, and Detrimental Practices ? Biomechanics ? Teaching ? Pitching Deliveries ?? Foundations of Conditioning ? Physics of Baseballs ? Learning ? Grips ? Pitching Strategies ? Psychology ? Game Strategies ? Neuromuscular Structures ? Physiology ? Motivation ? Programming Conditioning ? Pre-game Strategies New Research Evidence Discovered about How to Improve Pitching Performance Some topics discussed at length in this book: * Movement sequencing and timing improves pitching velocity more than arm strength * Strength training cannot improve pitching velocity * Drills are a waste of time for learning or improving mechanics * Blocked repetitions of ultra-short interval skill training are the basis of pitching improvements * Weight training can increase risk of pitching injuries * Small skinny pitchers can throw over-powering fastballs * Long toss cannot improve pitching velocity or reduce injury risk * Pre-game and game strategies elevate game performances * Weighted balls do not improve velocity – studies are flawed * Abusive stretching predisposes players to injury * Motivation, coaching actions, explosive speed conditioning, and backward shaping accelerate pitching development
Dick I am curious to know if you have been able to apply any of this science to help make improvements to Ryan’s pitching and/or rehab? If so which areas were most helpful to him? Joe
Unfortunately, Ryan has taken no interest in what we are doing. Dick
Dick, I simply can’t wait to read your new book. To me, you are the recognized authority on pitching. Just as many Major Leaguers turn to Ted Williams’ “The Science of Hitting,” future pitchers for decades will refer to your book regarding pitching. I am impressed with the research and “sports science” that you consisently provide. I appreciate the fact that you will help inform the many coaches and parents whose foundation on pitching is baseless, or at least substantially flawed–to say the least. I have great faith that future pitchers everywhere will be better off physically, mechanically, mentally, and perhaps financially, as a direct result of reading your book (and as a result of viewing your DVDs, etc.). Again, best wishes to you and your family. Also, have a great Thanksgiving! V/R, Bill
The previous post in this thread was wishing Dick a Happy Thanksgiving in 2004, the book hadn’t been released yet…. Some of the topics in the entire thread were discussing if the ‘art’ of pitching should be included in the book, how much the book would cost, how much dick contributed, how much an unnamed author was contributing, and how many scientific references were used, everything written backed up with science. I suppose I found this post because a recent post (Sept 2007) discussing a Tom House infomercial [URL=”http://www.pitching.com/forum/pitching-mastery-customer-forum/18348-tom-house-informercial.html”]”Art and Science of Pitching”[/URL] Ok, assuming that is true, I haven’t seen it, that is why I strongly believe Dick should Trademark his terminology. I know the title is flipped around, but you cannot copyright a title, however you can Trademark a phrase, ie “I reserve this phrase” (for a fee) as part of my business. You don’t have to invent it, you just have to pay to lease it, kinda like a domain name. Anyway… It would be interesting to know a bit more about “the rest of the story” (probably a trademarked phrase) How much does the book cost now? If someone has your program, access to your forums ect, do they need the book? Is the book written more for convincing ‘non- believers’ people who don’t already subscribe to Dick and Ginny’s programs and way of thinking, or does it reveal information that is not included in the main program? If there are things in the book that do not exist in the program, or in the general writtings of dick Mills, such as his blog, what age group do they target? Do little league dads need this book or do they need it later, when thier kid reaches more of a manhoood level? Does Momentum Pitching make this book obsolete? Should people who are following the progression of momentum pitching wait for a revised version so thet aren’t buying a product, such as “Explosive Pitching” that was already out of date when they bought it? (Sorry Dick, you said yourself you haven’t watched those tapes since 2004 in another post, thats OK, you have fully supported your new buyers here in this forum and most of your existing customers don’t actually need to buy Momentum Pitching because you have explained it here…Though I know you are giving that information here, I probably will buy it once I am sure you have it nailed down and are done with any revisions,) even if its for the simple reason to have a conscise, focused version of what we are talking about and great examples to show the kids. Anyway, you told us to go back and read, some of these ‘old’ things raise questions and curiosities, it would be interesting to hear your perspective on some of this 3 years later. Mark“Art and Science of Pitching”[/URL
Keep in mind that the book is a science book and requires some basic science in order to understand it. That is why we put science in the title and backed it up with 500 scientific references…unlike Tom House’s book The Art And Science Of Pitching…which contained none. However, I do not see Dr. Rushall trying to make it easier to understand since no scientist is going to try to “dummy-down” scientific material because it requires time to digest it or understand it. That was not our intention when writing the book. Otherwise it would not have nearly the impact. If it was written for everyone to understand, it would not be science. I find that was true about all my text books in all my science classes in high school and college. I went through the science in the book several times and am glad I did. How else would you be able to take a scientific approach. I don’t think you will find better sources regarding conditioning or the mental part of pitching in any program as well as the explanation of mechanics and velocity production. There will be no Cliff Notes for this book. Walter, however, I would love to see your notes regarding this. Please email them to me if you would. I would appreciate the feedback. Dick
Mark, I was going through Dick’s book this past week. It is my interpretation that Momentum Pitching was derived from alot of the physics-based discussions in the book, especially in the first half. The latter part of the book, which is the “art” of pitching, is somewhat at odds with the goals of momentum pitching, particularly in recommending a stride length of 85 to 90% of body height. It also does not advocate the elimination of a balance point. I think that those who follow the posts here will have no problem distinguishing what is still applicable and what is to be disregarded. If and when Dick intends to update the book, I would love the opportunity to give my notes on the existing edition, and how it might be improved to be made clearer. I think that Science and Art of Pitching is a tremendous starting point, really revolutionary, in terms of its scientific approach to pitching. However, I find certain parts very difficult to follow, and required re-reading several times in order to understand the science. The more the science of pitching is grasped by the pitcher and his coach (most of whom, like me, are laymen), the easier it will be for the pitcher to make adjustments on the mound; and let’s face it, pitching is about consistency, and making adjustments on the fly. I do not have a strong science background, and get bogged down at times by the terminology in the book. I hope that the next edition of the book will improve on this aspect, and I would gladly give my notes to Dick on this when the time comes. Regards, Walter
Dick, I would be glad to send you my notes. Give me a couple of weeks to go through the text and send. I want to make clear that I feel the book is ground-breaking, and continue to learn new things each time I review it. On a separate note, I have been working with Tyler on momentum mechanics the past month. He has bought into it, and already can feel the difference in his power. I will start a thread on the issues that have come up in a separate thread. Hope all is well, Walter
Walter, Glad to hear it. Better sooner than later. And with his size he should see some significant improvements. Very much would appreciate your notes which I will share with Dr. Rushall. Always willing to improve. Thanks, Dick
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