Pitching Velocity Specificity

Pitching Velocity SpecificityPitching Velocity Specificity is based around two variables; pitching mechanics and physical fitness. The baseball world has a descent understanding of how important sound pitching mechanics are in producing an above average pitcher but they have very little understanding of how effective physical fitness is in producing an above average pitcher.

This has a lot to do with the trickle down theory. Most of baseball gets their education from Major League Baseball. The problem with the MLB is that they are made up of an elite group of athletes. Therefore the league does not have to spend a lot of time in physical development of their players because everyone they acquire is already developed. This is why they draft athletes over baseball players. If you want proof just look at the 2000 MLB draft when the Colorado Rookies Drafted Michael Vick in the 30th round. The last time Michael Vick played baseball was in the 8th grade. They drafted him because he is one of the best athletes in the world. The MLB would rather draft athletes than just baseball players because they know it is easier to turn an athlete into a baseball player than a baseball player into an athlete. This is why the MLB has very little knowledge and experience in physical fitness and development. So why does all the levels under the MLB look to them for guidance in physical fitness and development? Good question!

This is why sites like TopVelocity.net are popular because elite leagues like the MLB are not providing adequate information in the physical fitness and development of baseball players.  This is also why their understanding of good pitching mechanics does not translate well to a physically underdeveloped young pitcher.

Pitching Velocity Specificity Studies

If you search velocity specificity on Google, you will discover a list of case studies on the topic. The reason for the studies is because of the demand for legal performance enhancement in sports. In the baseball world we are very aware of this demand for performance enhancement because illegal performance enhancing drugs have plagued the game for decades. These studies all look to the strength and conditioning world for this enhancement mainly because it is legal and it is effective. Strength and conditioning was first developed to rehabilitate the athlete from injury but what we discovered was that it not only rehabilitated the athlete, if continued, it would enhance performance. This is why today almost every top level college baseball team has some type of fitness expert on staff.

These velocity specificity studies have discovered, which is described in detail in the 5th study from the references below, that there is a lot of opposing theory around the most effective strategy to train velocity but all of the evidence does point to resistance training or weight training as the primary factor. Studies where a weight training group was compared to a non-weight training group proved that the weight training group always increased velocity. You will also find another 3-4 studies on this website with the same results. More important than the fact that resistance training or weight training is so effective in increasing velocity, is that in all cases where velocity was enhanced, the intent to move quickly was the consistent factor. It was more important than the load used during the training. The catch was heavy loads produced a higher intent to move quickly but if you lightened the load and could keep the same intent, velocity still increased. This means if you are training with 70% of your one rep max then you must move explosive enough to where your intent to move makes up for the other 30% of your max effort. This is extremely important to understand because you may not want to go really heavy with weights, so you must make up for this loss with your intent. This means you better train explosively if you are not training heavy which is not always easy to do.

As for velocity specificity when it comes to pitching mechanics it is most effective to develop the motor coordination through the entire kinetic chain as opposed to only training a few muscle groups like the throwing arm. This is where using weighted balls to train the shoulder is not as effective as using an weight training program to train the entire body and a throwing program to develop the motor coordination to use this total body power to increase velocity to the ball.

The 3X Pitching Velocity Program takes this approach and here is an introductory video to the 3X mechanics to learn more about total body explosive pitching mechanics.

References:

  1. Velocity specificity of resistance training
  2. Velocity specificity, combination training and sport specific tasks
  3. Velocity specificity of weight training for kayak sprint performance
  4. Coordination, the determinant of velocity specificity?
  5. Velocity Specificity of Resistance Training: Actual Movement Velocity Versus Intention to Move Explosively
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  • Brent everytime i try to register i do and then i try to login and it says wrong password . Then i tried to register again and it said email already used. So can i just ask questions on your facebook wall

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  • Ron, can you post your questions in the forums under 3X Pitching velocity program using question marks and clean it up a bit?

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  • Brent if I do the Olympic lifts I should first get the technique then if i get the technique you say in this article that a pitcher could still gain velocity doing the Olympic lifts if he lightened the load but still kept the same intent and speed he would still gain velocity. So after getting all the technique should i go with using more weight or working on speed and having the same intent as if i were using a lot of weight. Also once you have the technique and are very good at the Olympic lifts, you can lift a decent amount of weight ,and have done the fusion system how do you make that correlate to pitching and gaining velocity. The answer to that would be doing the drills in the ace pitcher to fix any mechanical flaws ,right, and then once you master the drills does your pitching delivery just automatically change. I just need to know when velocity will come in training when training for it like it doesnt just come after the fusion system right. like what if you didn't gain any velocity from the fusion system then you must have done it wrong so is it possible that you can do the fusion system wrong. Okay say I did the fusion system wrong what what is the most likely think I did wrong . Right now i need a schedule like tell me if this is a good idea for a schedule- do the fusion system right or wrong then after the fusion system is finished see if i gained any velocity[by the way I am going to try to do most of this in the gym with a trainer} if i didn't gain any velocity then do the fusion system again but do everything completely right and have a Olympic lift video analysis by you then see after doing the fusion system twice if I gained any velocity if i don't i wouldn't care and go right to the drills in the ace pitcher and perfect them. After that doing that see what happens, I would expect velocity gains by then but if i don't then i'll keep my strength gains up and still keep doing the whole ace pitcher but this time try to fix pitching mechanics like trying to fix early triple extension by myself on the mound. Ok is that a good schedule just tell me or tweak it. It's really important if you answer all of these questions Brent i can't just have one answer to all these questions just go through the paragraph and answer the questions. Thanks a lot

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  • yeah i did do that i put in my email and it said something like it didnt know my email

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  • Brent how do i sign into your website if i forgot my username and password

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