June 2, 2018
WYC 150 – Youth Baseball – Donny Murray talks Overspeed Training
Donny Murray is currently a professional pitcher in the independent Frontier League. Donny is from Boston, was a 4 year starter at D1 Holy Cross, and also pitched 2 summers in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Falmouth Commodores. In 2016, Donny pitched the first no-hitter in USPBL (professional independent league) history. He also works with SuperSpeed Slugger, which is a bat speed training product being used by MLB teams and youth players of all ages. The WYC listeners can get 10% off SuperSpeed Slugger by using promo code “WYC”.
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- Always try to look at potential, and a huge factor is attitude and if they are coachable
Adjusting when losing talent
- Be pre-emptive with your culture to get your players/coaches focused on the right things if the winning is going to drop off
- It’s even more important to develop your leaders when winning is going to be tough. A leadership council of 2 kids per grade can help prepare your younger leaders for when they are future captains.
- 2 types of captain:
- 1 – Vocal leader
- 2 – The hard-worker who just gets it done
- Using video analysis is a great tool for a player and/or a coach
- Take the time to evaluate a player before you start giving advice. Don’t watch them for 1 rep and start changing things.
- Then start with the fundamentals and get their foundation right.
- Individualize your feedback!
The One that Got Away
- Donny’s last collegiate game – he just wasn’t ‘on.’ It made him work that much harder to make sure it didn’t happen again.
Best Stolen/Borrowed Idea
- Make every practice drill a competition
- Overspeed training – a set of 3 bats. 1 is 20% lighter, 1 is 10% lighter, and 1 is 5% heavier
- Swing with both sides of the body (not just dominant hand). Great for injury prevention
- Teaches the body to swing faster.
- Within 6 weeks it’s engrained in the body.
- Only takes 7-8 minutes per day, 3 days per week
- The WYC listeners can get 10% off SuperSpeed Slugger by using promo code “WYC”.
- Players and parents notice how much effort you put it to your coaching, and they will play harder for you if they think you are putting in the effort
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