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The Movements that Made The Rebellion – The Rebel’s Rack Revisited

As Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion has grown, we have decided to be more open with the “HOW” of our process instead of just the results.  This, for years, was not the case at BR/SR, as we wouldn’t even let clients film the movement progressions we do with hitters.  We are all excited about how showing these movements can help players of all ages turn faster and hit with more power.  Releasing our movement progression has been something I’ve considered for a long time.  We haven’t done it, until now, and will be including an even more detailed breakdown inside of the Rebel’s Rack Drills for those who have and are going to purchase the Rebel’s Rack.  All in all, the movement progressions we are about to show you have built what we do here at BR/SR.  Without them, the Hittrax data we produce, the scholarships, draft picks/bonus money, and the opportunities for our position player athletes would be greatly diminished.  We at Baseball Rebellion are extremely excited to show our process and continue to push ourselves to be more transparent and give more back to the game that have given us so much.  Enjoy!

On May 29th, 2012, I launched the Rebel’s Rack, a rotational power trainer and ‘hitting aid’ that helps baseball and softball players hit the ball harder and farther.  At the time, Baseball Rebellion had no Hittrax machines, so all we had was a stalker gun we held up at the hitter to test their exit velocities.  Softball and baseball players of all ages and ability levels were radically increasing their ball exit speed in matters of minutes using our movement progressions and the Rebel’s Rack.  

Over 55 Rebel’s Racks being shipped!

Over the years, the Rebel’s Rack has changed some.  No longer yellow in color, the Rebel’s Rack now has 4 sizes that fit kids as small as 50 lbs up to 250lbs.  The ‘wings’ on the Rebel’s Rack are longer now, limiting any pinching that the first iteration of the Rebel’s Rack could cause.  More importantly, how we USE the rack has changed, as we’ve learned the nuances of training rotation and preparing to rotate and timing that rotation to a moving ball.  At the time, I had no idea how much I’d grow to love training movement and improving rotational range, speed, and power.  The first lessons with the Rebel’s Rack, the ‘non-hitting’ lessons, are my most favorite to teach.  The foundation of movement quality and speed built there translates into game acceleration, adjustability, speed and power almost immediately for most players.  Watching a player find out what ‘FASTEST’ really is inside of their bodies and inside of their turn/swing for the first time and their eye’s light up and the green numbers flash on the Hittrax is what I love most about my job.  The Green Bell has been a great culture builder, pushing players to want to come out of their comfort zones to get the applause of those in the building when they ring the bell after a new personal record.

BUT HOW do we as instructors help players, even pros, generate so much more distance and exit velocity so fast?  Over the past 5 years, through trial and error, painstaking video analysis, and constant exit velocity and distance monitoring, the team of instructors at Baseball Rebellion have created the Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression. Below, you will see the three (3) main moves we use, and make hitters MASTER before they are allowed to hit (in the cage) again in our program.  These foundational moves are practiced over and over, deliberately, with internal cues that the hitter must make on their own before he or she re-earns the right to hit.  

 

Movement One: The Stride (Tempo Based, Slowing the Game Down)

Once any hitter returns for their first ‘lesson’ after the evaluation they don’t even need their bat.  We head over to a mirror and the hitter is instructed to stride ‘at the mirror’ as if the mirror were the pitcher.  I want the hitter to see themselves move and hear our cues.  “The mirror is the best teacher in the building” is often said at BR/SR.  Another favorite is, “your eyes are for the mirror, your ears are for me”.  The hitter, strides and strides and strides.  Over and over.  All while watching themselves stride in the mirror and reacting and evolving their movements based on the cues and instructions of the BR Instructor.

Keys to the Stride:

  • Extremely Slow in the landing
  • Open front foot/kneecap towards the mirror (pitcher)
  • Heel to Heel Landing position
  • No opening or ‘flinching’ of the chest at landing
  • Head BACK over Back Hip (this is a change from what we taught years ago, as hitting is more than just generating rotational power…you have to be able to hit and lift a moving ball)
  • Once these keys are achieved, we move on to the Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression to Movement Two. 

Movement Two: The Show (Preparing to Turn, Storing Energy)

Now, the hitter has mastered the slow stride (this can be a leg kick, small lift, toe tap, pretty much anything the hitter wants) with an open front leg/kneecap towards the mirror.  The hitter’s head is back and he or she is not ‘flinching’ or opening their shoulders at any point in the movement or at landing on the front foot.  The hitter has earned the right to progress into the “Show” phase of the Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression.  Still in the mirror, facing the mirror as if it were the pitcher, the hitter is instructed to stride exactly as they did before with a few simple, and extremely important changes.  As the hitter lands, they are instructed to open their pelvis towards the mirror as they keep their front shoulder closed.  Cues we use range from “show your belly button towards the pitcher” to “open your stomach as far as you can while you show the back ‘wing’ of the Rebel’s Rack in the mirror”.  Essentially, we are twisting up the body in opposite ways.  The lower half is opening, and the upper half, specifically the upper back and back arm, are resisting that opening as hard as they can.  This stores energy and prepares the body to TURN as quickly as possible.  EVERY SINGLE THING done in “the Show” phase is preparing the body to turn quickly and instantly.  Store as much energy as possible and completely wind yourself up as far as you can without losing sight of the pitcher with your back eye.

Keys to the Show:

  • Open the pelvis from ABOVE the pelvis, using your lower back and stomach muscles.
  • Soft and slow landing with the front side, no ‘bouncing’ into the ground or ‘stomping’.
  • Keep your front shoulder totally still or ‘slightly close’ your front side shoulder by pulling back with your upper back and resist the opening/turn/swing with your back arm/upper back.

Movement Three:  The Turn

Now the hitter has mastered the MOVEMENTS of slowly striding and slowly storing up as much energy for the turn as possible.  It’s time to put that energy to good use!  The hitter goes into the “Show” phase of the turn move and lands and stops.  From here, we teach the hitter the turn, from a dead standstill.  Basically, the turn is three basic movements that happen all at once.

The hitter must SIMULTANEOUSLY pull their back hip forward from above the pelvis (this moves the back foot as well), forcefully straighten their front leg into the ground through the front heel of the front foot, and turn their belly button past the pitcher and back shoulder all the way to centerfield.  Usually, there are many different mistakes that happen, and almost ALL of them are caused by the hitter turning too slowly.  Remember, the turn must be LEARNED FAST while the preparation to turn must be learned and executed slowly.    The faster you turn…the faster you learn!  Slowness in the turn causes the hitter’s head to drift forward, the front leg to fail to straighten out, the back foot/hip not moving forward far enough or too far (both can happen) and the shoulders not to turn all the way.  Many balance issues arise when the turn is slow…and the hitter MUST be totally committed to the idea of achieving maximum speed in the turn from the beginning to the finish.  There is no slowing down…no easing into it…the turn must GO and be done.  

Keys to the Turn:

  • The hitter must turn as fast and completely as possible, there is no ‘almost’ or ‘kinda fast’
  • The hitter must lock out his front knee completely and hold the finish
  • The hitter must pull the back foot forward with no dragging of the toe
  • The hitter must land on the ball of their back foot and not let the heel drop
  • The hitter’s back knee must be in front of the hitter’s face at the finish of the turn (swingman finish)
  • The back shoulder must completely replace the front shoulder and be higher than the front shoulder at the finish

 

If a hitter is willing to spend the time mastering this movement progression with these executable internal cues, then the ‘chaos’ of hitting gets much much easier to deal with.  Problems like a change of velocity or break are more easily solved by ‘sinking into’ the front side.  Remember, we learned the turn from a dead stop position (Show Position), so now the hitter knows he or she can go fast from there.  If a hitter gets fooled, they have a better plan…and it’s built in.  Mr. Miyagi did this to Daniel Son by having him Wax on, Wax off and Paint the Fence.  These repeatable actions became ingrained in him so when Miyagi attacked Daniel, he knew how to defend the different punches.    Likewise, hitter’s posture and turn aggression become what we call ‘unbreakable’.  The “unbreakable” posture and turn speed can be practiced daily and once these movements are mastered, they become subconscious and are instantly recalled by the body when needed in games.  In minutes, a hitter can do hundreds of turns with the rack without any failure at all!  Imagine how efficient your training could be if you took away the stress of hitting?  No more frustrated faces from a rollover or a pop up…No more hitting until your hands bleed…no more confusion about WHY you went 0 – 4…you’ll know why you failed…your posture and speed of the turn broke.  The less a hitter ‘breaks’ within the game turn, the better he or she will hit.  Period.  

Training movements away from the cage and then taking them into the cage is common in instruction nowadays.  But much of that training and ‘feel work’ doesn’t translate and is just feels for feels sake.  We want everything a hitter does to increase their ability to accelerate their turn, time their turn, and find their top speed as fast as they can with their BODY, not with their arms and hands.  We even take the Rebel’s Rack into the cages at first, before they hit, so they can time a moving ball with their turn after they time their load with the pitcher’s arm swing or windup.  This sequence leads to the fastest improvements we have ever seen on Hittrax, the fastest ‘ah ha’ moments for our clients, the most confidence in our shared process, and the fastest carry over into games.  

Writing this article and posting these videos was scary for me.  I’ve had many, many people tell me ‘they just don’t understand what you guys do’ when people come at us on social media.  Players we’ve helped say, ‘Chas, if they knew how fast you and the guys did it, and how you guys did it, then they’d understand’.  For years we have hidden this information from ‘outsiders’.  Now, we at Baseball Rebellion and Softball Rebellion are going to bring you behind the curtain and you can try to duplicate our results for yourself.  Get some Racks, and learn how to turn.  Enjoy the success this will bring you, your team, and or your players.  The Rebel’s Rack Movement Progression is a secret no more, now let’s unlock whats inside your body already…the fastest turns you’ve ever experienced!  

 

The Rebel’s Rack

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The Rebel’s Rack is the best hitting trainer for rotational hitting. The Rebel’s Rack helps to increase your player’s power, bat speed, and line drive hitting consistency.

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The Rebel’s Rack is the most efficient way to develop rotational power within the baseball and softball swing.  Made of metal and powder coated, the Rebel’s Rack is almost indestructible.  Custom drills for the rebel’s rack that include range of motion, power and speed work, and isometrics are included at purchase and instantly accessible through your mobile phone, tablet or computer.  The Rebel’s Rack is used by dozens of professional players, NCAA teams, and high schools all over the country.  Easily fits inside a bat bag a perfect way to time pitchers in the on deck circle or practice timing and pitch tracking in bullpen sessions.  Perfect for injured players who cannot old a bat, now that player can ‘learn to turn’ as they come back to playing.

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For team orders please call Baseball Rebellion to receive a product quote: 919-309-0040

 

Features

  • Promotes proper swing path & rotational hitting for baseball and softball
  • Increases power & line drive hitting consistency
  • Creates more power, harder hits, & more bat speed
  • Use the Rebel’s Rack by itself or with resistance from bands or cable machines
  • Comes with Step-by-Step How-To Guide and Drill Videos
  • 6-month guarantee against manufacturing defects
  • Hand-made in the United States and tested before shipping

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Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball and Softball Rebellion

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Culture, Motivation, and Giving Back: The “Green Bell” Phenomenon

 

 

A few weeks ago, as the new Baseball/Softball Rebellion HQ facility in Durham, NC started to come together, we purchased a giant green bell that we hung up by the door.  Players, when achieving a new record on the HitTrax or Rapsodo devices got to ring the green bell.  The idea is allowing players, young and old, to be recognized for their own achievements, has now turned into much more, and clearly is changing the culture here at Baseball Rebellion HQ for the better.

The culture at BR/SR is something that means more to me than anything other than my family.  Many of our instructors are here over 60 hours a week, and some even more than that.  The work and training environment at The Rebellion is one that the players, parents, instructional, and front desk staff must enjoy and feel a part of, or it all comes crashing down.  Baseball and Softball are sports of controlled aggression and also dealing with failure.  Making sure players understand that their lessons are a safe space to try new things, make mistakes, see how fast and far they can hit it all while asking questions and having a healthy dialog with their instructor is so hard to do.  With the green bell, we figured would be a fun way to make it a little bit more competitive among the athletes.  No one wants to have a ‘bell-less’ lesson now.  They strive to push themselves to hit or throw the ball higher, faster, and farther.  While this has been a huge change and a LOUD change, more change was to come.

The first client to ring the green bell was Kelly B.  A freshman D1 softball player.  Coming off an injury, she had some concerns about her power and bat speed returning to peak form before her season started.  When she got her first “green” number (when you set a record on the HitTrax the max distance or max velocity number turns green) she skipped out of the cage and rung the bell.  I clapped, other instructors did too, and we went about our lesson.  Later, another kid in another cage, who was much younger than Kelly, got to ring the bell as well.  He sprinted from the cage, rang the bell as loudly as he could, and this time, the instructors, Kelly, and even the parents watching clapped.  He got numerous high fives from parents and spectators he didn’t know as he ran back to his cage to keep smashing balls.  We were 2 bell rings in, and Dave and I looked at each other, and we knew this was something that the entire BR/SR community would get behind.

The Green Bell Giving Back

How does the “Green Bell” give back?  As many of you know, the Launch Angle Tee is taking off!  I had been working on the tee for 4 years on and off when KC Judge and I met Brent Wright.  Brent is a prosthetist who makes arms and legs for his patients but also has a charity called LifeNabled, which does the same thing, free of charge, for kids in developing countries.  He helped KC and I design the tee and adapter top, so when it came time to go to the market I wanted to make sure I gave back to him the same way he gave to me with his time and expertise.  

My phone rang late a few nights ago, it was Brent.  His son, Connor, had just had a lesson and got to ‘ring the bell’ which he loved.  Brent said, “what if we make ringing the bell something that allows Baseball Rebellion and Launch Angle Tee to ‘give back’ with a donation to LifeNabled?”  At first, I wasn’t sure how we could get that done logistically.  “Dollar for every Dinger” was the first idea, really hard to keep track of that over the course of a day.  I was thinking maybe we give 10 dollars for every ‘new record’ or ‘green number’ on the HitTrax.  That means each time the bell gets rung, the player has ‘earned’ 10 dollars for LifeNabled which makes prosthetics for kids in need.  Brent and I settled on the 10 dollars for every Hittrax PR.  What’s really cool about that is every single time the bell gets rung, not only has the hitter or pitcher set a new personal record, but some kid in the developing world gets that much closer to walking without a crutch, riding a bike, or jumping around playing with other kids in their city or village.  BR/SR/LAT will donate 10 dollars per personal record achieved inside our Durham Facility up to $15,000 between now and April 30th.  

Brent Wright from LifeNabled:

“I am so excited to see how a positive action like setting a new PR will have another positive action that results in giving the gift of walking, running, and simply being a kid to someone else.  What a revolutionary way to get athletes motivated and also have a life-changing impact. We are thankful to Chas and his team for allowing us to be a part of this initiative. Now go hit some PR’s!”

 

I’d like to invite all of you reading this, whether your a Baseball Rebellion Fan or a Launch Angle Tee user, to check out the LifeNabled donation page https://lifenabled.org/donations/ and perhaps you’ll feel compelled to become a part of the Baseball Rebellion/Launch Angle Tee movement of giving the gift of mobility to a child in need.  BR/SR/LAT will be doing similar “give-backs” in the future, as we have been so fortunate to be in the position we are in to help players of all ages realize their dreams in baseball and softball from all over the world.  We all know that the Green Bell Gives Back initiative will get people even more excited about their abilities to help others and excite them even more to push the limits of their swings and pitching deliveries.

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Vision Training and Mental Training: Baseball Rebellion and Softball Rebellion’s NEWEST Advantage for Your Player

I first met Mike Halpert about a little over a year ago.  He was working with some pitchers in my facility and doing some breathing techniques with them that, at the time, I thought were garbage.  I had no experience with mental training, and certainly, no ‘breath work’ had happened in my preparation for my own baseball career or athletes that I trained.  After about 3 weeks, I asked Mike a question that probably sounded like this…

…Because I certainly couldn’t figure it out.

Most people, when faced with that type of question, would have gotten defensive, but Mike Halpert of Capacity Training did not.  He simply responded, “let me show you”.

Skeptically, I let Mike set up his stuff in my office and I started with his vision training.  I did it, and I was surprised that it was kind of hard…I couldn’t ‘see’ the splotch that was supposed to ‘appear’ (think Magic Eye book appear), and I couldn’t see any ‘dots by the diamonds’.  Clearly…this training was junk…

Then, Mike grabbed my left hand and hooked up a ‘clapping device’ to my palm and had me clap to the ‘beat’ of some sort of timer. I was confused as to how this worked and why it worked and my scores were not good at all.  I was early all the time and I was sweating as I simply stood there…and clapped.  We talked about the anxiety the ‘bad’ or ‘red’ claps were and how satisfying the ‘good’ or ‘green’ claps were.  Then we did some breathing exercise which, honestly, I thought was a waste of time.

Mike asked me what I thought…and I said I wasn’t sure…but I’d try again tomorrow.

The next day, Mike helped me understand “the WHY” behind the breathing and clapping.  I improved tremendously in all aspects of his training in one day!  I was more on time, my heart rate was lower, I didn’t sweat profusely when clapping…which was good.  I proceeded to train with Mike Halpert at Capacity Training every day for the next 28 days.  My progress was amazing.

My wife noticed I was more organized, helpful around the house, and calmer with my 2 and a half-year-old son, Bryant, when he did ridiculously stupid 2 and half-year-old things.  From a business perspective, I turned around my online lessons faster, and made clearer decisions on the direction Baseball Rebellion would head.   I loved the timing training and the vision training helped me combat the damage of constantly looking at the computer doing video analysis.  Capacity Training works…and I had to get my athletes working with Mike’s program as fast as I could.  Their results on the field have been impressive, to say the least.  Here are just a few of their comments about Mike and the Capacity Training Program:

Mike wanted to let you know that since starting Capacity Training approximately one year ago I have noticed some key changes in Joe’s hitting as well as his pitching and field play. Basically, he is able to “slow the game down” in high leverage situations and execute on a consistent basis in these critical moments.  When hitting he is able to handle two strike counts much better…and recorded his first varsity home run this year, a grand slam, on a 3-2 count, down 1 run to the 2016 State Champion runner-up team with their D-1 pitching commit on the mound. He used the techniques learned from Capacity Training to calm himself and barrel up an 88+ MPH fastball and drive it out of the park 350+ feet for a Grand Slam. I firmly believe that he would not have been able to make that happen without the Capacity Training techniques he has learned.  Additionally, he has become very calm on the mound…He is not rattled with difficult counts. He just leans on his Capacity Training, calms himself, and executes his pitches.  He owes this significant playing time as a sophomore to his hard work and the skills that Capacity Training has taught him.  –  Joe Barrow Sr. Raleigh, NC

Since starting Capacity Training (CT) with Mike,  just over two months ago, my 9 yr old son has benefitted with much better focus, timing and improved vision.  The vision training has helped to eliminate headaches as he has gained much-needed strength in his vision.    The CT sessions have built a sense of confidence and do away with unneeded distractions. Like many other kids his age, he has had a tendency to fidget when asked to perform certain tasks.    The CT has greatly reduced those distractions and we have seen improvements in his school work and Athletic performances.  In school, he would, occasionally, miss questions because of lack of focus, but over the past few weeks, his work has been near perfect.  Athletically he has less anxiety resulting in more confidence and expectation of success.”  –  Chase Riggs, WV

“We do Capacity Training’s vision training to enhance our ability to recognize pitches and the spin on the ball.  My players say it helps them recognize velocity sooner, which in turn allows them to make a better swing decision.  Capacity Training’s vision training has also helped our outfielders with tracking batted balls” Aileen Morales, Head Softball coach Georgia Tech University Softball

“There are no words for how excited I am about working with Capacity Training.  I started the vision program this summer to see if it would be something useful for our program and I was blown away.  My results have been remarkable.  I’m excited to see the same positive results I experience personally impact our team.”  –  Yolanda McRae, Hitting Coach Arkansas Softball

The best part about Capacity Training is that, like the online lessons, no matter where you live you can get the best training that Capacity Training and Mike Halpert has to offer right in your own home!  The vision training program he offers works exactly on the skills baseball/softball players need to be great hitters or defenders.  Skills like depth perception, ball tracking, pitch speed and location recognition, and holding your visual focus are all parts of his vision training and timing training program.  You will learn the skills to get into your “zone” and stay there throughout entire at bats, games and tournaments.  I cannot give Mike and Capacity Training a higher endorsement.  Please look into their awesome programming and find out the visual and mental edge that you can gain with this protocol.

 

 

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

 

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Jayce Blaylock: LLWS BOMB for the Ages

Jayce Blaylock, a Little League Baseball player for the Georgia State Champion Little League Team hit a MASSIVE home run in their LLWS game on ESPN a few days ago.  There were some really great things in his swing, and with his very small but efficient movements, Jayce was able to generate about as much power as a 12u player possibly can.  Interestingly, he did not have a huge leg kick or a large forward move at all, something that many people (somewhat falsely) think we’re all about here at Baseball Rebellion.  I loved his movements and how he opened his hips and front leg to give him room to turn and how well he stayed shoulder to the pitcher all the way to foot strike.  I think Jayce has a great future ahead of him if he can stay in his athletic movements and continue to swing with the ferocious yet controlled violence he currently employs.

Check out his monster shot below and the 4 or 5 things I really liked in his swing.

 

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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Launch Angle Tee Pre-Orders Are Live

Great news rebels!  The Launch Angle Tee site is live!  You can pre-order your complete Launch Angle tee or get your adapter now!

Visit http://www.launchangletee.com/store to get yours today!  Hurry because for a limited quantity Launch Angle Tees are on sale for 79.99!!

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BR Case Study: Tiffani Railey, From Juco to the SEC in Two Training Days and a Tweet.

BR Case Study Tiffani Railey

BR Case Study: Tiffany Railey

From Juco to the SEC in Two Training Days and a Tweet

On December 28th, I met Tiffani Railey. I had never met her before, but I had worked with her older brother, Matt, on attempting to comeback to baseball after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Her father, Mike, was here too as was her younger brother Jonathan, a great prospect in his own right, and her friend Deborah Fernanda from Chiploa Junior College and the Brazilian National Softball Team. Needless to say, we had a great group of kids in the building, all with athletic talent and untapped potential. Tiffani was an all-state softball player in High School in Tallahassee Florida, and worked out with some of the best trainers on the east coast at Titus Human Performance, headed up by Adam Faurot, a former FSU Baseball Player. Athletically, she is a phenom, as you can see…

Tiffani Railey, 19 years old, Squats 335!!
Tiffani Railey, 19 years old, Squats 335!!

So…like I said, she’s a super special female athlete. But, she came to me mainly a slapper. Here is her unedited video from her first day, December 28th and her Hittrax Data as well. She had the tools to be good, and she was good already, with an offer from a mid-major D1 School on the table already, but no interest from the ACC or SEC.

Lots of Grounders, some hard hits, but no real DAMAGE in this round at all. She had some good ‘bones’ to her swing, meaning she had a decent setup and stride, clearly she had some aggression, just the wrong direction of her hits. Here is her Hittrax Data from her round that shows her average velocity (65.6 mph), max velocity (70.4 mph), max distance (only 184 feet) and average distance (92 feet) and average launch angle at only 6 degrees…With exit velocities in the low to mid 70’s my staff and I knew Tiffani hadn’t even scratched the surface of what she could become. **Please take special notice of her SPRAY CHART. The black dots are ‘tee swings’ the blue and red dots are hits (blue) and outs (red).**
Tiffani Railey HitTrax Data Round 1

Honestly, even with the good things hidden inside her swing, her swing made me sad because I could SEE all the times she’d been HELD BACK by her SPEED. What I mean by this is she’s so fast and so explosive, as she runs a legit 2.6 to first base from the left side, that she wasn’t allowed to develop her swing and her power in a way that would make top 25 level programs want her services. So after this evaluation, we talked about the movements she lacked, mainly a complete shoulder turn and a ‘pulling’ back foot from a turning pelvis. After we worked on her footwork in the mirror for a few hours, and did some Rebel’s Rack Progressions and dowel rod work, she was finished for the day.

The next day, we repeated and added to her progression, and here’s what happened: **Note, I do not have the same view of her swing for some reason…I either never took it or deleted it…but you can clearly see the differences in how she’s turning and how her movements have changed/improved to generate significantly more power and lift…**

So…quite a bit better movement quality wise, and therefore, statistically on the Hittrax.  Her back foot is moving, her turn is more complete. Tiffani now not only has more confidence her swing and physical ability, but she also has a repeatable process to continue her growth within her movements as well as specific drills she can do daily to ensure her continued improvement. Here’s more data supporting her positive change:

HitTrax Data

The chart above is her ‘launch angle chart’ which shows her average launch angle is now 27.5 degrees, up from 6 degrees. Her average distance is up to 214.7 feet, up from 92 feet!

Tiffani Railey Round 2 HitTrax Data

The chart above shows her average exit velocity up to 71 mph, from 65.6mph, max exit velocity, 82mph, up from 75mph as well as her max distance of 286 up from 184 feet. Again, you can see her SPRAY CHART, blue dots are hits…mostly home runs, and the red dots are outs…WOW!

Tiffani Railey Front View Gif 12.29.16

Here is a front view gif of her best swing I caught on video, it shows her head moving forward less and an extremely quick pelvis turn as well as barrel action after an extremely slow forward movement. One of the things we have modified over the past few months is the ‘speed and distance’ of the forward movement. It has become clear to us at Baseball Rebellion and Softball Rebellion that moving forward, while important, is not as important as we once thought, even for our smallest hitters. Tiffani, who will be back up here at some point to continue her training, will be moving forward even less in her upcoming videos that I will update this article with upon her return.

As always, I started tweeting out her videos in raw video and GIF format as well as instagram-ing some of her swings. My phone didn’t stop buzzing for almost a week. College coaches from all over the country were inquiring about her future services. Less than a month after her visit to Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion, Tiffani accepted a scholarship to play at her “dream school” the University of Georgia.

Tiffani Railey UGA Softball Tweet

Huge congrats to Tiffani on her hard work and willingness to find out what she could become instead of holding onto what she was. She’ll start at the Central Florida CC, the number 1 ranked Juco in the country and prepare for her time in the SEC. Amazing changes in only a few hours of work.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

Here’s Tiffani’s thoughts on her experience at BR/SR with me and with my staff. Her father felt compelled to make a video talking about how we treated his sons and specifically Tiffani as well. Its awesome to make people feel this good and this happy and help them get an immediate return on their investment and trust in our program. The feeling is more than mutual!

Tiffani Railey Quote on SR

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Baseball Rebellion Hitting Approach: Gap OR Gap not Gap to Gap

Hitting Approach: Gap or Gap

Baseball Rebellion Hitting Approach:

Gap OR Gap not “Gap TO Gap”

The other night during a ‘fly in’ lesson, I was working with an outfielder from a top 25 school. He’s a great defensive player and has played with top level defenders in the outfield before, especially in CenterField. We were hitting in my cage using a HitTrax machine that judges ball exit speed, launch angle, total distance of ball flight among other metrics. After about 40 swings, we stopped hitting and went to look at his spray chart. “Larry” came in on a Saturday, stayed until Monday and worked for about 4 hours each day. Here is his very very very “college” spray chart from the first day… This came BEFORE we started our work.

Blue Dots are Hits, Red Dots are Outs

As you can see, he was wearing out the centerfielder’s glove. Perhaps that’s because Larry has been taught to work ‘gap to gap’ most of the time in his rounds of BP as his D1 School. Also, when hitting indoors, line drives off the L-Screen and “back of the cage” are rewarded while pulled balls and balls off the top of the cage are chastised. The spray chart above however tells the real story of what those ‘up the middle’ approach balls would turn into… Line-Drive-Outs to the centerfielder.

He was surprised to see how many of this hard hit balls to center field were getting ‘caught’ by the virtual defense. I asked him, “Larry, if you hit that ball to yourself, would you catch it?” He instantly said, “yeah i’d catch that!” I responded with “stop hitting the ball to yourself… your Gap to Gap approach isn’t working… it leaves the best athletes on the field able to catch the ball. Try a Gap OR Gap approach and see what happens…”

His father chimed in “Gap or Gap?!?, how’s he gonna do that? Shouldn’t he just aim middle and then if he’s slightly late or early it’ll go in the gaps? I said that while yes that’s what is traditionally taught, it doesn’t seem to be working based on where the ball is going right now. Now, I will say I’m not advocating players to ‘guide’ the ball mid swing to certain locations, but I am saying how you practice hitting inside, middle and away pitches will certainly determine how many times you line out to Centerfield vs pulling the ball in the gap or even over the fence to do more damage.

Many of our drills at Baseball Rebellion are actually designed to avoid hitting the ball to centerfield completely. Why would you want to include the best athlete on the field in your hitting?  It’s like not throwing to Richard Sherman’s side of the field in the NFL…it’s just not worth the risk to include him in the play. Why include Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen or ANY of these guys in the chance to get you out? I started asking him questions, like, what’s the best thing that can happen for you with a line drive off the back of the cage? He said, “a single, and an error by the CF that allows me to score”. I said yes. Then I asked him, what’s the worst thing that can happen? He said, “the pitcher catches the ball or the CF does and I’m out. I said yes.

After that we got to work, did a ton of movement work with the Rebel’s Rack, Med Ball Throws of all types of varieties, Dowel work to help his shoulder direction and force him to turn the bat back behind his back instead of going ‘at the ball’ with his hands, as he’s taught at school. We made some serious progress, but the proof is in the video, which I cannot use as he’s a college athlete, and in the Spray Chart, which we will see later.

Monday morning before he left, we took a round where he wasn’t allowed to hit the back of the cage or the floor of the cage at all. The L Screen was OK to hit, but not encouraged. I told him i’d like him to the hit the side or top of the net BEFORE my L-Screen. He looked at me like I was crazy. Here’s his spray chart from that round, Monday morning.

hitting spray chart
Blue Dots are Hits, Red Dots are Outs

Another clear example of how the intent of the hitter and the words of the coach change results. Now, the drills we did make the hitter more likely to avoid CF and hit the ball “Gap or Gap” instead of “Gap to Gap”, and I have many examples of Spray Charts that show a clear difference now that the HITTRAX is in our facility in not just how hard kids try to hit the ball, but also where they hit it on the field and how often they hit the gaps/fences.

When Larry and his father saw the difference in his spray charts, they were stunned, and he had an entirely new approach in the cage and on the field to help him actually hit balls that DO DAMAGE instead of hard hits that put him back in the dugout.  This carried over into his fall season where he hit great and hit multiple doubles and home runs, showing he’s more than just a defender and a runner.  I’m very excited for Larry and his season this year, I expect HUGE numbers and a smarter approach all around.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion.

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Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion Swing Breakdown

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:
Edwin Encarnacion

For this week’s Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown, I decided to take a look at Edwin Incarnation and his massive home run he hit off of Colby Lewis in game 3 of the ALDS. Interestingly enough, I didn’t actually know how dominant a hitter Encarnacion had become over the last 5 years, as I stopped playing fantasy baseball once running Baseball Rebellion and having a son. I was stunned to see his numbers so I asked Gabe, “Hey man, when did Encarnacion become a beast?” To which Gabe replied, “he’s a top 3 round fantasy draft guy every year for the last 5 years… where have you been?”. Ha! I suppose that’s the trade off when you’re doing as many lessons as we are at Baseball Rebellion, we’re not able to watch as many MLB games or stay up on as much baseball as we would like to. 

Encarnacion’s movement quality is astoundingly good for a 6’1” 230 lb man, and his ability to hip hinge and crouch into the landing and then ‘blow through’ his hip hinge into side bend and stand up to finish his shoulder turn is really spectacular movement to watch. I’m going to do some looking at Encarnacion’s swing going forward from the side and if I see anything else spectacular or of note, like how his front foot moves towards the 3rd base dugout while his hips stay coiled inward, I’ll post that video here as well.

Also:  I’ll be Live Tweeting the MLB Postseason, Cubs vs Giants Game on FS1 tonight 10/10/2016 from the Baseball Rebellion Twitter Handle, (CLICK LINK TO FOLLOW US) so come join me for some awesome #NLDS Baseball Action! Tweet you there!

Thank you for reading and watching!

Chas Pippitt – Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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G-Hack Batting Glove Sale To Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

G Hack Batting Gloves BC Awareness Sale

G-Hack Batting Glove Sale / Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Baseball Rebellion is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month by discounting our Pink G-Hack Batting Gloves $5.00 OFF.
PLUS
For every order, Baseball Rebellion will donate a percentage of the sales to Breast Cancer Research!

G-Hack Batting Gloves - PinkThe G-Hack Batting Glove is designed by Baseball Rebellion’s, very own, Chas Pippitt to be one of the most durable and comfortable batting gloves on the market.
The P.U. Leather and Mesh, upper part of the Batting Glove, allows for maximum ventilation with comfort for the top of the hand. The G-Hack Batting Glove is built with leather reinforcements at the fingers, the base of the hand, and the thumb, for long lasting durability, while preserving the hitter’s feel of the bat handle. Designed for practice and game play, the G-Hack series 1 batting gloves were researched and tested to have stood up to over 7,500 swings without a rip.

G-Hack stands for Gorilla Hack. Baseball Rebellion wants our hitters to be aggressive, and willing to swing for success, instead of defensive and just trying to hit the ball. Every time a hitter straps on his or her G-Hack, Batting Gloves they are reminded to take a “Gorilla Hack” and swing as hard as they possibly can.

G-Hack Batting Glove Features:
1. P.U. Leather and Mesh upper for Max ventilation and comfort
2. Genuine leather palm for enhanced feel of the bat
3. Genuine leather reinforcements at the base of the fingers, base of the hand, and thumb fortifying the most common rip areas for batting gloves
4. Curved thumb seem, to reduce risk of blisters
5. Ultra soft thumb knuckle upper to reduce exterior blisters
6. Durable Velcro strap

G-Hack Batting Glove Sizes: (Youth Small – XXL)

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BR Camps, New Facility, & 1 Time Swing / Delivery Analysis

TPM fastpitch and Baseball Rebellion Camp

Baseball Rebellion 1-Time Swing / Delivery Analysis,

On Location Camps, and New Facility Location

In this article I will cover some of the new developments and additions at Baseball Rebellion. We have all been working very hard behind the scenes on improving our network of awesome coaches and technology inside of our facility. Here’s what we’ve been working on, and are so happy to announce!

Baseball Rebellion 1-Time Swing/Pitching Delivery Analysis

For the first time in our history, Baseball Rebellion is offering 1-time swing/pitching delivery analysis. I’m sure there are plenty of people who are interested in what our instructors think bout their swing mechanics or pitching delivery but didn’t want to commit to a recurring payment structure. Now, you can get the best analysis on the web and never have to worry about being charged for lessons you don’t use. A few people have already taken advantage of this new 1-off analysis and have loved it! This makes a lot of sense for people with less time or who are ‘in season’ and not sure how much time they’ll have for practice. Not only do you receive your swing or pitching breakdown, but your instructor will also send you a Baseball Rebellion Drill custom to your player’s needs. Try us out today and see what Gabe, JK, Dave, or Chas think of your hitting or throwing mechanics and make sure you’re on the path for long term success!

Try out our one time analysis for Pitching/Throwing HERE

Try out our one time analysis for Hitting HERE

Baseball Rebellion Camps

Baseball Rebellion is taking it’s show on the road! Finally, you can bring the Baseball Rebellion Staff to your location to instruct your players, in your facility! See first hand some of our most advanced and current movement improvement progressions and see the measurable results Baseball Rebellion creates for hitters, in only hours time. Our next 3 locations have been announced. See below for more information!

Titus Sports (Tallahassee, FL): Sep 24th, 2016  SOLD OUT!!!

One of the top human performance and athletic development programs in the entire US, Adam Faurot and Titus sports is our first location to invite us down for our movement improvement and Ball Exit Speed improvement camps.  This camp is Sold Out, but I highly recommend looking into the athletic and sport specific training down at Titus Sports Performance in the future.

Click here to check out Titus Sports Performance’s website: http://www.titussports.com

Florida Baseball Ranch (Plant City, FL) September 25th, 2016

Randy Sullivan, Founder and CEO of the Florida Baseball Ranch, has invited the Baseball Rebellion Team down to do a 1 day hitting clinic as the opening act of The BATery! CEO Chas Pippitt and Director of Performance, KC Judge will be showing our proprietary movement improvement techniques that are proven to increase Ball Exit Speed and Launch Angle in both baseball and softball athletes. This clinic is open to both Baseball and Softball Hitters.

For question regarding this clinic call 1-866-787-4533

To Register, Click Here: http://floridabaseballranch.com/hitting

TPM Fast Pitch (Atlanta, GA): Oct 23rd, 2016

tpm-baseball-rebellion-campTPM is excited to host a Swing Speed and Movement Clinic featuring Baseball Rebellion CEO Chas Pippitt Sunday October 23, 2016! This is a great opportunity for athletes to work first hand with Chas from Baseball Rebellion and TPM instructors on improving and understanding swing movements and increasing their hitting power. Each athlete will gather swing analytics prior to and at the conclusion of the Movement Clinic to show improvements.  If you are a softball athlete in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend training with the girls at TPM.

For questions regarding this clinic email  ashlye@thepitchersmound.net

To Register, Click Here: http://tpmfastpitch.com/pages/tpm-events

I’m so excited to do these camps with KC Judge, one of the top movement and hitting guys in the country. Some of the things we’ve been working on with Gabe and JK have been just awesome with Baseball Rebellion hitters and I’m very excited about showing you those in the near future.  But for now…I have MORE news…

New Training Facility coming in 2017!

Baseball Rebellion has purchased a new 13,000 square foot facility, to open up in August of 2017! This facility will have upgraded cages, lighting, huge high ceilings, as well as a retail space for all your Baseball and Softball needs! I started Baseball Rebellion in 2010 in a barn and my home office. Now, we’ll be doing lessons in a state of the art training center with designated spots for vision training, mental focus and acuity work, video rooms and evaluation spaces as well as tripling our weight room space. This will take our clients training experience to the next level and allow us to accommodate the professional and college clients as well.

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I’d like to specifically thank my wife, Megan, for her support as well as my family. Also, none of Baseball Rebellion’s success would be possible without our great clients both in person and online and our tireless staff of JK Whited, Gabe Dimock, Dave Shinskie, KC Judge and Ryan Sudnik. I am constantly appreciative of your ongoing support and trust in our program and processes and products.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion