I am a ardent believer in keeping notebooks of skills and advice, life experiences that teach me something, and results gained by others who have shown me a way - without me actually slugging it out for myself.
I have stacks of three ring notebooks, note pads, and other stuff collected over the last 32 years and some are time period events that for no other reason .. belong in the time period that their in, while other notes are timeless and still hold water today.
In a discussion about “pushing off the rubber”, I came across these two statements from men that speak volumes of worth that you can bank on as you progress as a player or coach, regardless of your age or level of competition.
I strongly suggest making and keeping a notebook of things that you find worthy on this site and take note of the diplomacy used when exchanging ideas and points of view. Civility is a measure of a man's and woman’s maturity and ability to coexist with one’s contemporaries. And on that note, say….. being hired for a job – either after school or professionally as a ball player or even as a coach has certain strings attached that lead right back to the person or people that hired you. So, when you speak for yourself your also speaking, to some extent, about the people that got you to where you are.
In any event, take note at the style and content of these two men. You couldn’t ask for better pages in your notebook of our game, and a lot of other things for that matter.
Intellectual understanding of this stuff is fine but, in my opinion, pitchers really need a live human pitching coach who they can work with consistently over the long term. If your pitching coach is trained in House's NPA protocols, so much the better for you--but there are lots of other good coaches out there who may have a deep understanding of the fundamentals of pitching.
Your challenge is to develop enough detailed understanding of pitching and yourself--how you learn best--to feel confident when deciding who to put your trust in.
a couple of things you will find out when you post here.
first, there are some very intelligent people who read and post on this web site. la is one of them.
second, you will not agree with everyone on this site. i do not agree will la about pushing off the rubber, but i consider him an extremely knowledgeable friend and he has taught me many things i use. i don't believe he would have shared with me if i had been rude, disrespectful, or extremely critical of his position.
third, be careful who you confront, i made a bench jocky type remark about a video post of a guy doing a clinic on this site about 2 years ago. he said you stay sideways and keep your post foot parallel to the rubber the entire way until foot plant (which is impossible). come to find out it was the white sox big league pitching coach. he did this as a teach to get young guys to stay closed to the target longer. he never intended for them to do it, but it got the desired result, like many old saying in baseball that are different than what actually happen.
finally, if you don't like pushing from the rubber, use the npa stuff. they do a good job explaining the motion without it, and it works fine. if you like pushing from the rubber, use sandy koufax and dibble/kennedy from xm radio. they stress the position of the back leg and pushing. i believe lincicum (spelling is wrong but i'm tired) and his dad advocate pushing because they are from the koufax camp as i am.
that doesn't mean i can't learn from the npa guys and those who do not advocate pushing. take what works, modify or discount the rest. this site has been great to me and my teaching coaching. tone your responses down, even when you think someone is dead wrong. and don't get personal, the folks who are really trying to help on here don't.
the only philosophy i have yet to take anything away from is the marshal motion. that one is still a mystery and out there to me. but i'll keep working on it.