Coach Chuck Bushbeck’s Baseball Tips 

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Felix Hernandez

Published on December 15, 2014,

Full Armor Pitching Tip: Felix Hernandez You want to throw hard, remember Force = Mass x Acceleration Moving the Spine for Performance: “The spine cannot be rotated axially without flexing. The spinal engine theory requires the lumbar spine to be flexed laterally if an axial torque is to be induced.” There are three possible spinal movements: Extension (lordosis)/Flexion – standing tall, or arching the lower back. And think of Flexion as rounding the back, Lateral Flexion or Side bending – standing tall, then flexing the upper body sideways at the waist, and Axial Rotation – this is the shoulders rotating

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Pitch smart

Published on November 13, 2014,

I think the web site below is a good tool! It’s still about teaching the kids perfect bio-mechanical movements so that the muscles in the body are used and not the tendons and ligaments in the elbow or shoulder. They also have to pay more attention to the labrum in the shoulder area where full recovery is not a given. Pitch counts and not letting kids throw too many innings is good but more important is teaching kids the correct kinetic chain movements. What we see all the time are kids not using their lower body to solidify upper body

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Madison Bumgarner Pitching Mechanics

Published on October 26, 2014,

Full Armor Pitching tip:  Madison Bumgarner mechanics broken down! Full Armor Training Baseball Pitching tip: Breaking down Madison Bumgarner mechanics! At first, you would think Bumgarner has too much swing in his arm (1st picture). Actually, so-called professionals tried to fix his mechanics that weren’t broken in the first place and almost seriously injured Bumgarner’s arm. (2nd Picture) notice how he has his arm cocked and ready to go on a 90 degree upon landing his front foot. This allows him to use the swing of his upper half of hi…s body while the lower half stabilizes. Then notice the head

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Full Armor Pitching Tip – Carlos Martinez

Published on November 5, 2013,

Although the St. Louis Cardinals did not win the world series, we were able to see one of the best short bullpen guys in the league, Carlos Martinez. If you watched the series, you may have seen Carlos throw his 100MPH fastball! Some quick references about his delivery: In first picture, Carlos does a great job of moving fast down the hill with good back leg drive. Second, notice how he has the ball in his hand pointing at the shortstop position on landing his front foot in a direct line towards home plate. Also notice how he takes all

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Full Armor Baseball Player in the Spotlight!

Published on May 28, 2013,

 Alex Polanco   Alex (RHP) has his pre-draft workout today with the New York Yankees!  Alex throws 90-94 touching 96!  We wish him the best of luck!    Also, we would like to congratulate all the Full Armor Players this school year and this past Memorial Day weekend.  Many of you accomplished so many things this year, we enjoyed hearing all the stories.  Numerous All-Catholic, All-Public, All-Suburban etc. announcements.  Numerous Championship titles this year and this weekend.  Incredible personal achievements and most important, monumental personal growth!  We at Full Armor would also like to congratulate all of our grade school, high

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Full Armor Pitching tip: “Towel drill and loss of energy”!

Published on May 28, 2013,

Most of you have been with me now long enough to know that everything is about transporting energy using your kinetic chain for pitching.  And although you have heard me talk about this, it’s just easier for a colleague to tell the story, he does it so well. Thank you Dick Mills! Enter Dick Mills:  Yesterday I got a call from the father of a 19 year old second year pro lefty, who is right here in town at extended Spring Training. Extended Spring Training is where pro pitchers go when something is wrong with their performances, their mechanics or

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Full Armor Strength Training and Injury Prevention Program:

Published on May 28, 2013,

As many of u know, we at Full Armor offer nothing but professional training and we have now taken that to another level.  Our kids are signing Major League Contracts and receiving significant financial support because of their athletic prowess.  I met with Justin Shaginaw MPT, ATC (Sports Physical Therapy) who is the head trainer under Dr. Bartolozzi (Previously with Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Eagles) at Aria Health care last week.  After individuals have finished their physical therapy related to throwing injuries, those individuals will be referred to Full Armor baseball academy so that those players do not repeat the same

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Full Armor Pitching Tip: Release point!

Published on April 8, 2013,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, however, many of you know how crazy this time of the year is between baseball classes and scouting. Have many great reports from many of you about how well your son and/or daughter are doing. Freshmen making varsity teams, scholarships, and all kinds of great performances. But I wanted to discuss “the pitcher’s release point”. As i was sitting with my Business Affairs Manager, Johnny Robertson on Tuesday, we were talking about Cole Hamels of the Phillies. I was also asking many of our pitchers a similar question. “Why couldn’t Cole Hamels keep

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Full Armor Hitting tip: Using your core for increased power!

Published on March 11, 2013,

Your core is the part of your body that connects your legs and feet to your arms and hands. With proper hitting mechanics, the bats peed phase occurs when you body moves from the loaded position through the swing and ball contact. This requires that the power from the initial forward movement started by legs to transfer through the core and hip rotation to the hands on the bat. Not only does the batter want an efficient power transfer through the core, but also wants the core to add additional power to increase the bat swing speed. Remember, all sit

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As we are constantly preaching at Full Armor, Study Proves Why Strength Training Does Not Improve Pitching Velocity! Special thanks to my colleague Dick Mills.

Published on February 28, 2013,

Justin Verlander using back leg drive to move fast down the mound What are the elements that help baseball pitchers improve their pitching velocity? Most baseball coaches would have you believe that pitchers could improve their pitching velocity by simply adding more full body strength or arm strength. Pitching instructors will tell parents that their son’s velocity will just come in time. But the question parents should ask is – how will it come in time if it is not trained or practiced? There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that more strength will improve pitching velocity. And

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