[quote=“gettingthere”]Awesome, Lanky, and nice to see you back on the forum. By the way, I think I detect a Cressey camo! My son is a Cressey guy. It’s such a great place. I like to go along and see the who’s who of high school and college baseball players (and some pros) walking in each Saturday. It’s an electric atmosphere and the guys really get after it.
I’m curious to see how the weight loss works out. I’m guessing you will be more explosive but I’ve always thought that the weight is a good thing (the right weight and to a point, of course). Are you concerned about lowering your weight coming into the season? Do you typically lose weight as the season goes on and, if so, will this be a problem if you drop (let’s say) below 200 pounds as the season grinds on?
On an unrelated topic (maybe I’ll start a thread), I’d love to hear your experience with the transition from high school to D1 college baseball. I’m sure there are a number of kids that would love to hear that, as well. My daughter bought my son a book for Christmas by a kid who played at D1 Binghamton who relates his experiences. My son has not put it down and found, in particular, that the recruiting process was dead-on to the one he experienced. He will be heading off in September to play D1 baseball and is pretty excited and a bit nervous. He’s heard the stories of 6 a.m. lifts followed by classes followed by practice followed by mandatory study hall. Any truth?[/quote]
You are right! That is the CP camo I got for christmas. I’m pretty sure it adds about 30 lbs to your one-arm cable row alone :shock:
I love that electric atmosphere you mentioned, and it’s what I hope to recreate in a facility of my own one day.
As far as the weight (fat) loss, I’m not at all concerned with the velocity being affected. If I dropped a ton of strength and muscle mass, this would be a concern, but so far it has been almost all fat and I’ve been focusing extra hard on upper body and core strength, which is the most crucial for my velocity. I was a “soft” 206-208lbs this summer, sitting 88-90 as a starter, so I don’t think being a ripped 205 (maybe even 200, we’ll see) is going to negatively affect anything. Velocity fluctuations, for me, are almost always about mechanics. Barring massive changes in lean mass, I’m not worried.
Unintentional weight loss over the course of the season is, frankly, unacceptable for any high school or college player. 2 lifts a week and sufficient calories are all it takes to maintain weight in season, even if that means lifting the night of a start or bringing a bag of nuts or a couple protein bars to the field each day. Huge unintentional 10lb or greater weight losses over the course of a season come down to the player not holding himself accountable and staying focused.
As far as the transition from high school to college baseball, it’s night and day. In some ways, it’s easier. I was doing so much extra work on my own in high school, struggling to find throwing partners, facilities and equipment, that college made this part of my training much easier. There is structure, and you can’t just decide you don’t feel like getting up and training like maybe you could in high school.
Yes most coaches will do 6am lifting/conditioning. Most guys will have class from 8 to 1, and practice is generally from 2 to 6 or 7 each day in the fall. Keeping a high GPA gets some (myself included) out of study hall, but struggle with your academics and you’ll be doing 8 or 10 mandatory hours of that per week as well. Even the party animals on the team will only go out once a week, and rarely in season.
As long as your son has a true passion for the game, none of this will be a problem. He will look forward to the chance to improve himself. He may grumble about waking up at 530 (most do), but he will ultimately see the value in it, and give the team everything he has to give.
College is exhilarating, its competitive. Teammates push you. Friendships are deeper. Coaches are more invested in making everyone better. I’d be happy to talk to your son about it if he wants.