John Ward, Certified NPA / Tom House Pitching Coach
Pictured below- National Pitching Association Co-Founder, Dr. Tom House (left) and John Ward (right) at the Rod Dedeaux Research Baseball Institute, USC, during NPA Coaches Certifications
These are players ranging from freshman to seniors in high school. I have the privilege of working with each of them. Look at each player's post leg and notice how they have all abandoned the traditional straight up and down conventional teach of "balance point." Each of these players are succeeding at building a dynamic "energy angle" with their post leg, into their lift. It has cut down on their time significantly in to foot strike which reduces their time, while increasing their momentum and velocity, to home plate... They all stride further and faster now, with better control.
John Ward, Owner
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"It's commonly said that the fastball is the cornerstone of pitch selection- it sets up all your other pitches. So, if the fastball is the cornerstone of pitch selection, then it should also be said that the ability to ThrowLow is the cornerstone of pitch location. A pitcher's ability to establish the bottom part of the strike zone and below, both on and off the plate with hitter and umpire, sets up all their other pitches in all other pitch locations ."
Certified NPA Coach
Coach John Ward and the NPA
John Ward is a National Pitching Association (NPA) certified coach with an emphasis on rotational and functional strength teaching and training from the Rod Dedeaux Research Baseball Institute at the University of Southern California (The RDRBI at USC). The NPA was co-founded by Dr. Tom House in 2002. This is for players looking to receive training to increase overall body health, balance, power and performance with pitching, throwing, hitting and arm care. Players gain a unique perspective from John Ward's playing, injury and coaching experiences combined with the most current, science based information and teaching protocols from the National Pitching Association and Tom House.
What You will learn about pitching-
Listed below are the Mechanics to Pitching in the order or sequence they should take place. You will learn about each of these "biomechanical imperatives" and be able to execute each of them in order with your personal style which is called your "signature."
Pitching's Biomechanical Imperatives that lead to its one inevitable
Order of Pitching Mechanical Imperatives-
1. Balance and Posture
2. Momentum and Stride Direction
3. Opposite and Equal Arms
4. Hip and Shoulder Separation with late Shoulder Rotation
5. Swivel and Stabilize
6. Stack and Track
Leading to Pitching's two Inevitables-
7. Release and Follow Through
Velocity- Actual, Perceived and Effective
You will learn about the different types of velocity- how to understand what they mean to you and your pitches with your current velocity- and how to best use your current arsenal to not "accidently hit bats." There is far more to velocity than you ever thought. The different types of velocity are some of the most misunderstood concepts to pitching effectively and also hitting a baseball... And you have the ability to get far more hitters out with less pitches, less walks and more strikeouts with your current velocity right now! Add to that the proper training to get the velocity you are capable of, and you will really become a much more formidable pitcher than you are currently... You can learn to earn the ultimate compliment as a pitcher- You can become a downright "filthy pitcher!"
Pictured below is my player and I working the towel drill which helps improve control and has a variety of other functional benefits to this and other pitchers. This particular player has reduced his time in to foot strike from 2+ seconds down to just over one second and has also has helped him channel this stronger momentum directly toward his target. Further and Faster is what the goal is while maintaining proper head and glove positions throughout his motion.