I have 2 kids (9 & 16) who are both respectable pitchers on their teams. I try to stay in touch with the best state of the art teachings for them and provide them with the tools to be successful. That’s one of the reasons I signed up with Dick Mills. In the last 2 years I have built a 72′ pitching/batting cage with artificial turf (compliments of Buffalo Bills training facility) and equiped with a continuous radar gun w/display monitor. I have also transformed my garage into a fitness studio. At the moment I am becoming certified as a fitness trainer (CFT), a specialist in sports conditioning (SSC) and a specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN). I am taking these courses through International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). They seem to be a great company and are affiliated with almost every major health club in America. I plan on first training my kids, working on the side at a local gym, and eventually training professional athelets in my area during the offseaon. Several local athlets I am associated with are Brian Sanches (pitcher with Florida Marlins), Jason Tyner (outfielder with AAA Astros), Jay Bruce (outfileder with Cin. Reds) and Clay Buckholtz (Red Sox). All of them still make their homes in the Beaumont, Texas area. My first commitment is working with my kids to make them as good as they possibly can be. David Quinn
I tried to post this under Baseball Stories but it was never posted. I wanted to share this success story. Ryan’s baseball season finally ended last Friday night. He finished his sophomore high school season 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA. He immediately went in to summer ball and finished 6-0 with a 1.55 ERA. He was picked on the 14 year old all-star team as a relief/closing pitcher. His team went 10-0 in State and Regionals. They played in the Babe Ruth World Series held in Quincy, MA (10 miles south of Boston). They went 4-2 and finished in 3rd place. It was a n experience we will always remember. Ryan pitched 18 innings and went 0-1-7 with a .39 era for all 3 tournaments.
Ryan use to drop his glove hand to the ground or swing it away from his body. This caused him to fall off towards 1st base and to throw wild outside pitches to a righ handed batter. He now tucks his glove under his armpit and throws harder with much more accuracy. David
Ryan’s 14 year old Babe Ruth All-Star team made it all the way to the World Series and finished 3rd place. The series was held in Quincy, MA (8 miles south of Boston) from August 16-24. The entire experience was just fantastic! It was the first time for my family to visit the Boston area. Ryan was designated as mid relief/closer and did a great job. He pitched 7 innings and went 0 wins, 1 loss & 1 save with a 0.00 ERA. He pitched 19 innings in tournament play (State, Regional, World Series) and went 0 wins, 1 loss & 6 saves with a 0.39 ERA. I am very proud of him and the entire team. This is the first time in 50 years our area has sent a 14 year old team to the World Series.
Ryan’s all-star team played this past weekend in Arkansas and went undefeated to advance to the World Series in Quincy, Mass. (6 miles from Boston)! Ryan was designated as a late relief/closer and did great! He came in late in one very close game with bases loaded and shut 3 batters down without giving up a run. He pitched 9 innings in 8 games and only allowed 1 earned run.
You are right, Nolan appears to landing on the entire foot instead of the ball. I remember in this video Nolan saying “ball of foot to ball of foot”.
I did want to add that afer purchasing Dick’s program 1 year ago I started using some of his/Ginny’s workout program to improve my own health. This time last year I was 44 years old, weighed 230 lbs and had a total cholesterol of 215. I am now 45, weigh 200 lbs ( with much muscle gained) and have a total cholesterol of 160! Part of this success is attributed to an overhauled diet program but much of it has to do with the workouts. I always believe in living the life I preach to my kids so they will see first hand that it really works. Thank you Dick and Ginny! David Quinn
My son Ryan began his offseason workouts 2 weeks ago and is really into it. I was sweating it out because this is his first experience with weight training and plyomteric training. I converted my garage into a gym so we can do our training without other people around us. This provides us with 100% concentration on working out with hardly any interruptions. I purchased a Marcy Smith machine, olympic weights, Narditrac treadmill, complete dumbell set, ab chair, strength bands, medicine balls, Jumpsole shoes, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, etc. I am combining weight training for mostly the legs, abs and upper/lower back and plyometric training from Dick’s offseason workout instruction manual. I mentioned I purchased a pair of Jumpsoles. I searched this here and found a few discussions on it from the year 2000. I had no idea this product has been around this long. Ryan has been using them for 2 weeks now with possitive results. It gives him a great calf/ankle burn and already seems to have improved his verticle leap somewhat. He is gauging this by doing rim jumps on a basketball goal. He is 15 and 6′ 5″ and wants to be able to dunk the basketball at ease by next basketball season. I really bought this because it seems like a great product to improve explosive speed on the pitching mound. Has anyone else had any success with this product? Is it recommended for pitching? There are several drills and workouts Ryan does with these shoes. There are bounding drills (jumping like a frog), leg lifts while running/skipping, jumping over cones, jumping onto 12″ plometric boxes, lunges with dumbells, calf raises, squats, etc. Ryan just completed his spring/summer ball. Combined with his sophomore high school season he had 12 starts and finished 8-0-1 with a 2.5 era. Thanks to Dick and others on this board Ryan is off to a great start in his pitching career. Thanks! David Quinn
especially in the division 1 college and pro ranks. Last night I traveled to Houston to watch my local Lamar Cardinals play 9th ranked Rice University. Lamar started a 6′ 7″, 180 lb. kid named Brian Needham. He was throwing in the low to mid 90’s and Rice was crushing the ball. The big problem for Brian was he could not locate his pitches and his offspeed pitches were not working. After the second inning Rice was up 11-2 and Lamar had 0 errors. Lamar put in a kid from my hometown (Nederland, Tx) and he limited Rice to just 2 more runs. His fastball was around 84 but his offspeed pitches were right on the mark. I pointed this out to my son Ryan that so what if you can throw over 90 mph, you still have to locate your pitches and have an extremely good curveball and changeup.
Thanks for all the advice. I will keep my kids from using it period or until they are much older. I will use it for now. I had my left knee scoped last May and have been using this to get my leg muscles and strength back. Along with weight training it has worked great. I have about 90% of my flexibility and strength back. Before I started using the weight sled I had about 60% use of my left knee. The swelling is now gone and I feel much better. I use the harness and 12 foot straps to run with 70 lbs of resistance. Hershell Walker (former NFL running back) used a harness with a tractor tire attached to it. The Cowboy players would complain because of all the dirt he would stir up during training camp. I guess it is beneficial for football and not pitching 90 mph. Thanks, David
you are if you do not drink the kool-aid then you can’t join their cult. Keep your head held high and keep on trying. One day you will show them why you stuck with Dick’s program instead of their no good program.
Thank you to everyone for your advice. I do tend to believe my sons coach is just looking out for #1 and not the kids on his team. The season is already halfway over and not once has the coach worked with my son or even watched one bullpen session. He only throws 30-50 pitches between starts and that is it. I am leaning towards going ahead and working with Ryan immediately on making the necessary chages (breaking hands later, staying closed, moving faster towards the plate, etc.). We worked on these things before the season started in February but he has slipped back into his bad habits of being slow and opening up too soon. Even though his velocity did improve by 5 MPH from last fall I think it could be much better by making these changes now. Thanks, David
Dick, my 8 year old son Caleb played his first year of tackle football last year and loved it. His team went 9-2 and lost the Super Bowl because most of the kids on the line weighed over 100 lbs! Caleb is big for 8 (4′ 9″, 75 lbs) but I could not believe how big the kids were he was facing on the line. He told me he wanted to get stronger legs so I bought him a weight sled. It weighs 45lbs and allows you to add as much weight as you need. It has a harness and straps which allows you to pull it or handles on it so you can push it. Right now I am not added any additional weight so he is just working with 45 lbs. I have 2 questions for you, 1. Is something like this too much for an 8 year old, 2. Is this good functional training for a pitcher such as my 14 year old. I am also coaching Caleb as a pitcher so I need to know if this tool is good for him too or is he too young for something like this. Thank you, David
Dick, thanks for posting Tim Lincecum’s video on the home page. I have printed out 10 still frames from this video and made notes the things he is doing in each frame. I have sat down with my 14 year old son Ryan and discussed each of these frames and compared them to Ryan’s. Ryan realizes the things he needs to change to make him a much more dominate pitcher like Tim. I am excited about working with him on these changes and hopefully watching his velocity greatly increase. Ryan is currently pitching 72 on his 4 seam, 70 on his 2 seam, 65 on his changeup and 60 on his curveball. By this fall we are hoping to see these pitches at least 5-8 mph higher and while still throwing with good control. I have discussed this with Ryan’s coach and he is not at all wanting to change anything right now. Ryan has got 3 starts under his belt this year. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.62. Ryan’s coach is afraid any changes will reduce his command and control. I told him we could put this off until April 25th when the seaon ends. A couple of things we need to change is Ryan is hyper-flexing his arms (wrapping around) and opening up too soon with his hips. Do you think I should wait until the end of April or start to change this now? Thanks, David
I have a JVC mini DV and to transfer video to my PC requires a DV cable and software. A USB cable and software came with my camera but only allows transfer of still images. Hope this helps out. David