Fowl Play: Lessons From a Frustrated Coyote
When I was a kid, if my brothers and I weren’t playing in football, basketball, or baseball games coached by my dad, Saturday mornings meant one thing… CARTOONS!!
Beyond question, my all-time favorite was The Roadrunner! I can still sing every word to the theme song. Obviously, the Roadrunner was the star of the show, but I’ve always pulled for the underdog, so I always hoped that sad Wyle E. Coyote would catch that blazing bird just once.
But he never did.
It wasn’t due to lack of effort.
In relentless pursuit of his goal of catching the fleet-footed feathered fowl, that crazy coyote tried every product in the ACME catalog…
And that was his problem.
He was buying his program out of a box.
He purchased a series of cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all products that did not allow the assessment of his situation, and the customization of the plan to fit his exact needs.
The consequence was a series of falls from cliffs followed by rocks smashing him into the shape of an accordion, and several instances where he was blown into a charred stickman representation of his former self.
Do you know what Wyle E. Coyote needed?
He needed a HYPER-INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN OF ACTION.
It’s really the same problem I see far too often in the baseball community. A pitcher trying to find answers to injury or under-performance falls prey to such quick-fix tricks like “3 Quick Tips That Can Add 3-7 mph in 10 days”.
Or maybe they play for a program that has every single pitcher on the SAME throwing plan, or the same off-season strengthening plan.
•Note: If you receive instructions that give the exact same “tips” for everyone… with absolutely zero assessment… RUN!! There is no way the same plan will work for every guy, especially if no assessment is done.
Look, here are the facts.
If you engage in a one-size-fits-all program where everyone does the exact same plan, it makes it very easy on the coach or the instructor. They only have to create one training plan. In such a program the results are predestined to follow a bell curve. 20% will improve, 60% will see no effect at all, and 20% will get worse. And inevitably the 20% who the plan fits will be lauded as hard working success stories, while the 20% that didn’t fit the plan will be cast off as lazy, untalented, or weak-minded.
I’ve said it dozens of times.
Developing elite pitchers safely is a highly complicated endeavor.
You cannot cookie cut it.
But you also cannot just shoot in the dark and randomly stumble upon a plan that works for a pitcher.
You must have a process…
You need a process that examines every pitcher for all the known variables that may put him at risk for injury or impede his performance. And that requires individual assessments. You see the plans cannot be standardized, but the assessment must be. If you don’t develop a standardized evaluation process, you’re probably going to miss something critical.
Our Summer Rocketeer Training Program featured 9 different assessments done on each athlete (physical, video analysis, pain, recovery, spin rate, mental game, command, performance audit, nutrition/body composition).
The results of those assessments allowed us to hyper-individualize the training programs to meet the needs of every single guy.
So listen up, it’s time to make a change.
If you are engaged in a one-size-fits-all program, you can expect to get the same results as the ill-fated prairie wolf. Don’t keep ordering the same old ACME junk, and launching yourself down the road with bottle rockets attached to your backside.
Come to one of our Rocket Launchers Training Camps and get an individualized assessment. That will give us all the information we need to create the perfect training plan for you.
Click Here to get signed up.
Can’t make it to a weekend camp?
We can see you any day for a Precision Strike, 1 Day- 1-on 1 Evaluation and Training Session. We’ll conduct your assessments and teach you all the corrective drills and exercises you need to take your game to the next level.
Click Here to learn more.
We’ll be waiting to hear from you.
Leave a Reply