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NSPT Pitching Lab

 *NSPT Pitching Lab*

Complete Pitching Development

        

 

North Shore Performance Training is proud to announce a new branch of specific training for our overhand throwing athletes. NSPT-Pitching Lab, by James Baker (former Pro pitcher, NSPT Founder and Performance Coach and SJP Pitching Coach) and Gardy O'Flynn (former Pro pitcher, founder of Pitching Fix & QB ProFom and National Pitching-East Director) both certified under National Pitching & Tom House Sports, offers a dynamic and comprehensive program for all baseball pitchers and ALL overhand throwing athletes.

The Pitching Lab includes two full size mounds, 70 feet of throwing space (plenty of space for catchers, too) netting, a video analysis room, a coach's office and changing room. The Pitching Lab is located inside of North Shore Performance Training's facility. Our clients will have full access to the entire training facility.

*Our Program Goals*

  • To help each athlete produce the greatest amount of force throwing a baseball in the most accurate manner while eliminating the chance of injury and reaching their optimum potential as an athlete in a challenging and fun environment
  • To build strong, genuine coach & player relationships. We are coaches because of the athletes and passion we have for the sport itself. There is no other feeling like helping athletes -of all ages- further develop their natural persistence, determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, work ethic, heart, leadership skills, connection with and respect for others, not only in competition, but in life!
  • To help each athlete understand how their body moves and how they can be more effecient and powerful with a program customized to their needs. Understanding the "WHY?" - each step of the way.
  • To help each athlete learn the art of pitching, master their mental game and how to be at their best...between the ears!

*Program Details and Information*

  • Every client begins their program with a thorough consultation, movement screen and initial performance testing. The consultation will review the athlete's yearly sports calendar, current and past training history, injury history, personal goals and ultimate goal (fun mapping exercise!). The performance testing will include a thorough movement screening to test mobility and movement patterns, while also testing the athlete's strength, power, agility and total throwing capacity. This is class one.
  • The initial pitching mechanics breakdown will occur during class two (pitching mechanics to be recorded during initial consultation). This mechanics breakdown focuses on the universal checkpoints of a pitcher's delivery (kienematic sequencing) and identifies areas to improve upon. 
  • A functional strength and corrective exercise program customized for each pitcher's needs (based off of their initial movement screening and mechanics assessment) will be designed and accurately programmed. Training begins on class three.
  • Pitching specific drills, patterning work, arm care, a throwing program and bullpen sessions are tailored for each player and worked into each player's respective program (depending on off-season/pre-season/in-season training protocols)
  • Re-testing protocols for mobility, functional strength and throwing are essential to our program to display improved measureables across the board. Pairing each player's improved movement efficiency, functional strength &"body quickness" with improved throwing/patterning mechanics drills is a perfect synergy! Re-testing is determined by each athlete's respective season and program choice.
  • TECHNOLOGY! In addition to our standard NSPT-Pitching Lab testing protocols, we use Diamond Kinetics Pitch Tracking during throwing/video analysis sessions to measure velocity, spin rate, angle and other measureables to help evaluate the improvement of each client's progress. See more information on Diamond Kinetics HERE.
  • Nutritional Services with Jules Hindman of Eat Well Perform Well and soft tissue body work with Janet Miller of World Class Sports Massage Therapy are available as well. Both services are additional costs and are located inside of our facility! Each pitcher will have the best chance to succeed with functional training, pitching specific workouts, customized nutrition and thrower's body work all under one roof!

*Program Options*

  • 3 Month Functional Strength Program- 2 visits per week OR Unlimited 
  • 6 Month Functional Strength Program- 2 visits per week OR Unlimited
  • 12 Month Functional Strength Program- 2 visits per week OR Unlimited

**All programs include 2 additional pitching specific workouts per week. These 2 sessions can be used on the same day as a Functional Strength Workout or on separate days**

**Updated schedule coming soon**

 

Thank you for following our program and spreading the word on how to throw healthier and harder by developing and ultimately maximizing your physical potential!

More information and fun and engaging pitching posts can be found below on our Instagram page. ***NSPT PITCHING LAB ON INSTAGRAM***

 

*NSPT-Pitching Lab Testimonials*

 


 

***(PIC 1- top right) Pat Ruotolo, San Francisco Giants Pitching Prospect***

"NSPT has been essential to my development as a pitcher. Over the last few years of working with James, he has been developing my lifts based on how I move on the mound. It has made me a more efficient and stronger athlete on the mound and I couldn’t have gotten to the level I’m at without NSPT." 

 

***(PIC 2- middle right) Erik Whitehead, HS Pitcher & State Champ-Mother's Testimonial***

"James Baker is a trainer with patience, guidance, energy and is 100% supportive of you to achieve your personal best on any given day, in the weight room and during pitching practice. I brought my very uncoordinated son to see him at age 12 and he is to this day, a proud member of NSPT, both functional training and pitching. James has worked with Erik, not only on the physical aspects of training and pitching, but more importantly, the mental aspect of being the best you can be.

He has the ability to have you reach within yourself to achieve for yourself, not for your mom or dad, not for your coach, but for yourself. Yes, my son is stronger, faster, more coordinated than ever, however, it is his confidence in his ability to achieve, that I truly attribute to James.

Erik will continue his baseball career at Wheaton College, where James played for four years." 

 

***(PIC 3- bottom right) Zach Begin, College Pitcher-Parent's Testimonial***

"We saw great improvements in Zach's performance in just 1 year with Coach Baker. We knew he would succeed with Coach Baker's program and the rest of the NSPT Staff. Coach Baker delivered! Zach gained 5 miles per hour on his fast ball, but more importantly he put on 15 pounds of muscle which was beneficial considering he is 5' 8" and throwing in the low 90's! Coach Baker's program catered Zach's workouts to a pitcher's needs, with an eye towards the athlete's health. Protecting the throwers arm and mastering a pitcher's mechanics was always a priority. We highly recommend NSPT and Coach Baker's program!
Thank you for all you do for my son, Zach. He thinks very, very highly of you."

 

***(PIC 4- left) Max Gieg, Boston College RHP-Father's Testimonial.

 

-OTHER TESTIMONIALS-

***Kevin Hooper, San Diego Padres Minor League Infield Coordinator***

"I did not even have 'Bake' for a whole year, but he is one of my all-time favorite players. He's a smart baseball guy, very knowledgeable, and he knew what he wanted to do every time he got the ball.  He was just a great team guy, and did whatever he could to help us win ball games, night in and night out.  I just loved sitting with him at a table and talking about whatever, whenever.


"'Bake' was all about the team, and wanted nothing more than for our team to be successful.  He was well-respected in the clubhouse, and you couldn't ask for a better teammate or individual.  I know I have said it many times before, but 'Bake' and I had a special bond from day one.


I will never forget the day when he arrived at my hotel room in Amarillo.  We talked about baseball, our philosophies as an organization, and just life itself for an hour.  I will truly miss having him on the ball field, and wish him nothing but the best in the future and with his program!"

 

***Colin Murray: Video Assistant-LA Angels***


James Baker and NSPT has been a tremendous help to me in my quest to play baseball in college. Throughout high school I was told by coaches that I didn't have what it takes to play baseball at the same level as my peers. At first, I was down on myself. I started to question my ability, wondering if I would ever have what it takes to play competitive baseball. I decided to start pitching lessons in hopes of developing my skills and that is when I met James. He took me in as an ineffective pitcher and tuned me to become confident and very effective.


James also trained me at NSPT, and almost instantly I was seeing improvement. The best part about NSPT is the well-rounded workout you get each and every session. They take pride in training more than just the physical strength, but also working on developing clients- including myself, to be the most mentally tough. I was taught to grind through the tough times I faced as a baseball player that never made a high school team, and that made all the difference for me.


Thanks to James and the NSPT staff, I was able to play college baseball!