Ballpark Basics is proud to announce our partnership with Coach Justin Dehmer. Coach Dehmer is an expert on the mental approach to the game of baseball.
Coach Justin Dehmer has built quite a legacy in his coaching career. His Des Moines Martensdale-St. Mary's Blue Devil teams won a record 88 straight games from 2010-12! Coach Dehmer's Blue Devil teams also captured 3 straight 1A state championships along the way, an incredible accomplishment. After the incredible run, Coach Dehmer stepped away from the game to spend more time with his wife and children. Coach Dehmer now serves as an instructional coach at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Coach credits much of the success of his teams to his 1 Pitch Warrior program and mentality. The program is based on concepts such as playing the game one pitch at a time (in the present moment), teaching failure, controlling the controllables, planning for the present, processes and team process indices (TPI).
Coach Dehmer has now made available his entire 1 Pitch Warrior Program available in a variety of formats to caches and organizations so you too can implement the secrets to his success with your teams.
You can now find Coach Dehmer's products on his exclusive Ballpark Basics page.
Be sure to use promo code "1PWBasics" to receive 15% off any order.
The mission of the SuperSpeed Slugger training system is to help baseball players increase their bat speed. For many years baseball players have been using donuts or heavy bats with the thought that this increases how fast they can swing. Biomechanical research has now shown that this actually makes the body rotate and move slower!
Overspeed training works in a different, in fact, opposite way from a donut or heavy bat.
Here are the scientific facts:
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Darren Fenster may not be a household name but his background and experience in and around the game of baseball are significant. Darren has a passion for educating and sharing his love for the game amongst players, coaches, trainers and fans alike. His blog, Coaching Your Kids, is a must read for any parent with kids in the game or for those lucky enough to have the opportunity to coach their own children in the sport. As Darren points out, "Behind every great athlete are the people who taught them how to play the game."
Darren Fenster Bio:
2018 will mark Darren Fenster's 7th year with the Red Sox, his 6th year as manager in the organization. He has spent the previous four seasons leading the Greenville Drive, Boston’s class-A South Atlantic League affiliate during which time he has managed many of the club’s top prospects, including current Major Leaguers Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada.
As a player, Fenster was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 12th round of the June 2000 draft and was named a Carolina League All-Star in 2002 and 2004 as a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He spent five seasons in the Royals minor league system hitting .267 with 63 doubles, 179 RBI and 215 walks in 438 games before suffering a career-ending knee injury while with the Major League club in spring training in 2005. A two-time All-American shortstop and Big East Player of the Year at Rutgers University, Darren was elected into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and was also inducted into the Middletown High School South Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
In addition to his work with the Red Sox, he serves an advisor to USA Baseball as a member of their Sport Development Team where he offers insight to various initiatives geared towards growing the game from a grass-roots level, while authoring Fundamental Skills Friday, a weekly blog detailing assorted aspects of the game and coaching as a whole. Additionally, he is regular contributing writer to a number of nationally published magazines including Inside Pitch and Coach and Athletic Director. He also consults for various organizations, leagues, and teams across the globe through his own personal venture, Coaching Your Kids.
Balancing sports, academics and life in general is challenging for any young athlete (and their parents). The requirements to perform at a high level across each of these pillars only becomes more challenging as the student athlete ages and the stakes and expectations become greater.
There's a tremendous tool called "The Playbook: A Student-Athete's Guide to Success", by former D1 athlete turned author/entrepreneur, Rober Grilli. The book features first-hand experiences over Robert's 20 years of experience as a student athlete.
A playbook prepares you to succeed on the field. This playbook attempts to serve a similar function both on and off the field and offer tips and tools that draw on experiences of a former student-athlete’s personal growth over two decades. Robert's journey and the tools he utilized to succeed academically, athletically and socially will empower current and prospective student-athletes alike. It will also empower family, friends, coaches, and faculty to connect and help their student-athletes thrive. I wish you the best as you embark on this exciting chapter of your life.
The Swingbuilder is a customised training device designed to maximize strength and conditioning for a more powerful, quicker swing. It isolates the training to the specific muscles in the arms, hips, shoulders and back to develop a truly powerful, strong swing. For more information on how to get a Swingbuilder Beast for your organization, facility or personal use, contact us at email@example.com.
Every year thousands of baseball and softball players receive a coveted new glove for Christmas or as a holiday gift. Of course any competitive "baller" wants nothing more than to head out and start playing catch! I remember growing up in the cold Midwest and dragging my father outside in the snow to play catch during Christmas break. Today's glove technology and materials are far more advanced, allowing for a much more rapid break-in period. With that said, there are still some great techniques and tips for breaking in your new mitt. Wilson Sport's own glove guru, Aso discusses tips here. Check it out!
Today's video features some everyday, simple catcher drills that WILL make you better! These are simple and focus on the details of the position. Easy to work on both indoors and outdoors.
Hitting expert Sean Plouffe reviews swing dynamics and how to stay "inside the ball", a critical swing skill for hitting to all fields.
Some quick and easy drills to improve bat speed. Work these into your workouts and you'll be amazed with the results.