Carter Sells - 9th grade - 15U - 86 MPH "off the mound" | Strength and Conditioning | TopVelocity Baseball Forum
August 19, 2014
1st – this program 100% rocks !!!
9th grade – RHP
Personal USA Olympic Lift Coach – Jamie Free @ Cross Fit Cool Springs
POWER CLEAN (before) 170 (after) 215 = 1.2 x BW
BACK SQUAT (before) 245 (after) 315 = 1.775 x BW
FRONT SQUAT (before) 200 (after) 270 = 1.5 x BW
BENCH PRESS (before) 145 (after) 195 = 1.1 x BW
DEAD LIFT (before) N/A (after) 355 = 2.0 x BW
MPH (before) 81 (after) 86 = + 5 MPH “off the mound”
*** The 86 MPH was at a recent “showcase”, indoors, in tennis shoes, on a synthetic mound, and stretch only ***
BJ (before) 7’1′ (after) 8’1″ = + 12″
Two years ago, Carter’s was a 7th grade, 13U, low 70’s MPH pitcher “off the mound”. As a 12U pitcher he had hit 73 mph “off the mound” while playing travel ball. However – the next year while training with “extremely” heavy weighted balls and “excessively” long tossing + throwing EVERY day, he made “zero” MPH gains “off the mound.” In fact – IMO – he “might” have even lost MPH’s “off the mound.” THAT led us to Coach Brent. The 1st year we worked the program for (i.e., 1.5 cycles, etc.) his MPH’s went up 10 MPH “off the mound.” Getting him back on track with where he should have been. He was “clocked” at 81 MPH in a Middle School game this past April. Also – thanks to THIS program – he set Middle School records for no-hitters, strike-outs, wins, and ERA. Because of the gains that he made “off the mound” he elected to NOT play “travel ball.” Instead he went right back into the weight room. After a “vacation” in July touring other pitching and hitting academy’s – he went back to work in August. Carter has followed Coach Brent’s program in the weight room but NOT as close as I would have liked w/ the throwing part. Mandatory high school baseball practice in the Fall has made “that” more difficult. This Fall, everyday, Monday – Friday, he had High School baseball practice that included WEIGHT LIFTING (if you want to call it that) from 2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00. On Monday – Wednesday – and – Friday he would then go to Cross Fit Cool Springs to work Coach Brent’s program from 5:30 – 7:30. He worked both level 1 and Level 2 into a 3 day-a-week schedule. He would also throw on some Sunday’s. I honestly believe that he would have made even more gains if he had more time to 100% work all of the program! I share because I know that many of you struggle with time constraints. However – your “mind-set” must be if there is a will there is a way! I am proud of Carter and his hard work. He has made significant gains but still has MUCH work to do. IMO – if it were not for Coach Brent he would be a high 70’s, average 9th grade pitcher – “off the mound” – pitching for his 9th grade team and NOT his High School. Thank you Coach B !!!
*** NOTE: I have “emphasized” OFF THE MOUND b/c IMO “nothing else really matters” for a pitcher – right !?! Two years ago – Carter hit 86 MPH doing an arm “swing-step-behind” in our garage but was 14 MPH’s slower – “off the mound.” He could also “long toss” well over 300′. Today – he rarely does “running” arm swing-step-behinds and refuses to do LT. I do still think LT can be a “tool’ (sorry – Coach B) but he does not. Recently at a local camp he did one “step-behind” and hit 88 MPH. After working BP’s program the past 18 months the “difference” in his MPH’s from doing a “step-behind’ to the mound are now 2 MPH’s – NOT 14.
Final thought – having Coached football in the SEC for 7 years I know the value of the weight room and heavy load Olympic “style” lifting. However – thanks to BP I have now seen 1st hand what it can do for baseball, especially pitching! It has also shown me that there is NO easy way as I have often been guilty of trying to help my son find “the latest greatest gimmick” that might help him improve. IMO – what Coach Brent is doing for baseball is exactly what Billy Cannon did for football 60 years ago.
October 24, 2011
a legitimate 86 mph in 9th grade, that is crazy!! When I was in 9th grade I was probably the hardest thrower in our league sitting 77-78 touching 80 once in a while. I remember I went 7-0 with a 0.68 ERA. I can’t even imagine the type of success he is going to experience with a mid to upper 80s fastball at his age. With out a doubt he will be well into the 90+ range by his junior year, maybe earlier.
August 19, 2014
One additional thought – Carter attended a 3 X Camp approximately 17 months ago. That is when we were introduced to the program. After a year of making no gains – that is what led us to start thinking “outside the box.” Honestly – after learning more about the program (i.e., weight room, motor learning, nutrition, triple extension, etc.) that is when we started using “common sense.” If you have not attended a camp – I would highly recommend. Coach keeps the camps limited to 4 – 5 players. Unlike other camps that have as many as 40 – 50. The individual attention that in given is unlike any other camp that my son has attended. Coach Brent actually worked out with the group the entire time – personally doing the “demo’s.” The camp was also the most difficult that my son has attended. In fact one 11th grade attendee – on the 2nd day – quit during the lunch break and did not come back (lol). But – IMO – that is what makes it so exceptional!
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