The Fruit Loop Theory………… It will make you a better pitcher…Guaranteed!
But The Fruit Loop Theory will make every pitcher….heck it will make every player better in every sport…..Guaranteed!
Question? If you throw a “No Hitter” or go “4-4” at the plate and ate “Fruit Loops” for breakfast…..what are you going to eat the next time you play?…..It’s a no brainer…..FRUIT LOOPS! So you relate winning to eating Fruit Loops!
Think about this……why do home teams usually if not always have better records at home than on the road….it’s because they’re comfortable being able to do what they usually do when they play at home….They are comfortable. But when they are on the road and in a uncomfortable situation they don’t usually perform as well.
This is the reason ( Coaches job) we should develop a plan/routine that we will be able to take on the road.
I was able to experience Justin Verlander’s routine 2 years in a row while I was at the Tigers Spring Training at Lakeland, Florida. It was exactly the same routine…run to loosen up with the team on the field…….core work on the side, arm care…..ect…ect. Then short toss with a catcher…..a couple drills and then long toss. After that it was grab a drink and head to the bullpen. Then in the bullpen in Arizona I was watching the Phillies get stomped by the Diamondbacks and the Phillies went through 4 or 5 pitchers out of the bullpen….each had different routines that got them ready and comfortable.
My pitchers learn this during individual sessions….each session starts with the same warmup and drills before we get to the issues that need work……Period. During this period they get comfortable because of this ROUTINE. This is their “FRUIT LOOPS”…..AND WHEN ON THE ROAD THEY WILL PERFORM BETTER BECAUSE OF IT!
So when we become “Comfortable in an Uncomfortable situation” the majority of the time we will be more successful.
So have all your player develop a “FRUIT LOOP ROUTINE”….it will make every player a better player!
One of the things that can be in your everyday routine is to train with the KING OF THE HILL, QUEEN OF THE HILL AND KING OF THE SWING……MLB teams along with Big D1 colleges are quickly understanding how important “Ground Force” is to performance….Ground Force is what makes elite athletes….ELITE ATHLETES!……DON’T BE AVERAGE…..BE ELITE!