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"Our 18-year-old son pitched every season from Little League Minors through high school. He received private pitching instruction for several years and attended several camps, including one the summer prior to his Senior year at which he was clocked at 85 mph. In addition to baseball, our son played varsity football and hockey, so we assumed that, once he was able to focus solely on baseball in college, his pitching velocity and performance would improve markedly. During his Senior baseball season, our son began complaining of intermittent deep pain in his throwing shoulder. He said this pain was preventing him from throwing as hard as he could, and this showed when he was clocked at a maximum of 82 mph by a local scout. While his array of breaking pitches enabled him to succeed during the season, we took him to an Orthopedic surgeon before summer ball started to make sure that there was nothing seriously wrong. The physician examined our son and diagnosed him with Glenohumeral Rotation Deficit (GIRD), told him that he was done pitching for the season, and prescribed a course of rehabilitative stretching exercises for the shoulder. Our son faithfully followed this course of rehabilitation and began to work-out again with his pitching instructor in Michigan in January, but the same pain soon returned to his shoulder. Our son returned to the Orthopedist, who informed him that he likely had a chronic shoulder problem that would prevent him from ever pitching again. At that time we decided that a change of baseball scenery might be of help, so our son travelled down to Houston to live with relatives in an effort to rekindle his dream of playing college baseball. After researching local pitching instructors on the internet our son and his uncle contacted Mike Skoutelakis of Torque Baseball, who quickly set up an evaluation session. In that first session Mike immediately noted significant flaws in our son's pitching mechanics that were likely causing the shoulder pain. Mike said that he could help our son change his throwing mechanics in order to pitch without any pain. Mike's instruction paid off immediately, as our son could tell that the new way of pitching put far less stress on his shoulder, and now, just a couple of months down the road, he is totally pain free when he pitches and incredibly optimistic regarding his future baseball prospects. Whatever success our son achieves in baseball from here on out will be due to the pitching knowledge and professionalism of Mike Skoutelakis. He has been a God-send for us!"
Ray & Lawrie McConnell
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WHY ARE PITCHERS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES HAVING SO MUCH SUCCESS IN 2010?
"I think VIDEO has offered the biggest element of change."
- John Farrell, Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach

"Since 2000, serious shoulder and elbow injuries are up 600% in youth and High School baseball pitchers. The fact is, 50% of all youth and High School pitchers pitch with pain due to their current poor pitching mechanics or current injury. We know how painful it is physically to pitch with pain and we know how painful it is emotionally to be injured and not be able to pitch and participate in something that you love to do."


"Everyone in Houston knows that we help Mom's and Dad's who are very busy with work and other responsibilities improve their child's baseball skills. We understand how discouraging and painful it is for a parent and a child when the child is cut from his or her team or is sitting on the bench because he or she is not performing well. We give parents and kids the skills, confidence, focus, and peace of mind they need to perform well and enjoy the game."


"The fact is 95% of all High School baseball players received either SPECIALIZED PITCHING INSTRUCTION, SPECIALIZED HITTING INSTRUCTION, or both, prior to trying out and making the team."


" In fact, 80% of all Select or Travel Team baseball players received either SPECIALIZED PITCHING or SPECIALIZED HITTING INSTRUCTION prior to be invited to play on a team."


* CLEARLY, YOU MUST LEARN PROFESSIONAL PITCHING MECHANICS TO MAXIMIZE VELOCITY AND CONTROL REGARDLESS OF SIZE.

* THE FACT IS YOU MUST LEARN WHAT DEFICIENCIES CAUSE YOU TO LOSE SIGNIFICANT VELOCITY ON YOUR FASTBALL.

* OBVIOUSLY, YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR UPPER AND LOWER BODY TOGETHER TO CREATE POWERFUL TORQUE FOR VELOCITY AND ARM HEALTH REDUCING THE CHANCE OF INJURY.

* THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL YOU MUST LEARN EVERYTHING FROM PROPER MECHANICS TO MENTAL GAME FOCUS TO PITCHING STRATEGY TO BE IN THE 5 % OF ALL PITCHERS THAT PITCH IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE.

* CERTAINLY YOU NEED TO LEARN AN ADVANCED PITCHING STRATEGY WHEN FACING ELITE HITTERS.

* OBVIOUSLY, YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO ELIMINATE ARM PAIN FROM PITCHING WHETHER YOU ARE A LITTLE LEAGUER, HIGH SCHOOL, OR COLLEGE PITCHER.

* EVERYONE KNOWS THAT YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO BE IN TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS ON THE MOUND REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND YOU.

* IN FACT, YOU NEED TO LEARN A VARIETY OF PITCHES AND GRIPS TO INCREASE YOUR PITCHING ARSENAL.

* CLEARLY, YOU MUST LEARN COMMON TRAITS OF GREAT PITCHERS PAST AND PRESENT THAT YOU CAN IMMITATE TO INCREASE YOUR SUCCESS RATE ON THE MOUND IMMEDIATELY.

* THE FACT IS, YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO CONSISTENTLY REPEAT YOUR OPTIMAL PITCHING DELIVERY FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS WITH A SERIES OF CHECKPOINTS.

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VIDEO ANALYSIS IN PITCHING INSTRUCTION IS SO IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY BECAUSE THE PITCHING MOTION MOVES SO FAST AND HAS SO MANY MOVING PARTS. WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO BREAK DOWN FILM AND PINPOINT PROBLEM AREAS TO THE STUDENT, HE IS UNABLE TO SEE THE FLAW. WITH VIDEO, WE CAN CORRECT THE FLAW AND THEN PUT IT ON FILM. NOW THE STUDENT HAS VISUALLY SEEN THE FLAWED MOVE AND THE CORRECT MOVE. NOW HE CAN VISUALIZE HIMSELF MAKING THE PITCH IN HIS MIND THE CORRECT WAY PRIOR TO THROWING THE PITCH THUS GREATLY INCREASING HIS CHANCES OF SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING THE PITCH.
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"I have been working with my son Joseph on his pitching now for a several years. I was determined to learn as much about pitching as possible. I studied from books, teachers, internet, and videos. I am now OK at spotting mechanical flaws on video. So when we came to Mike Joseph and I knew most of his faults. Our problem was not knowing what the faults were but how to correct them.

Out in the real world of baseball I see this over and over again in Joseph's teammates. They have terrible pitching form (a 3ft stride, short arming the ball, early rotation, etc., etc.). I tell the coach "hey this kid is going to ruin his arm or hit a wall and never make HS ball with this form". The coaches all say "yeah your right but he's already got a pitching coach and I don't want to get into the middle of it." I remember a boy from the first year of kid pitch. He could blow that speedball by you (From the Boss's Glory Days) but he was the worst short armer I think I had ever seen. Two years later he was getting knocked out of the ballpark like batting practice and a sore arm to boot. He never changed his mechanics. Last year our best right-hand pitcher was stepping a foot to the third side of a center line between home and the rubber. I have it on tape. Instead of trying to make a mechanical adjustment, I was told "He is pitching so well now I don't want to make any changes now." After that I have pretty much given up on instructing other people's kids. So here is the rule 90% of coaches out there use. If you can throw hard and hit your spot you?re a good or great pitcher, forget form and mechanics. If your arm hurts after 20 pitches it's because your arm is not strong enough and you need to work on arm strength. We will work on our last 3 hitters bats 2 hours a week but only give our pitchers a 15 min pen 1 time a week between tournaments with little true instruction or worse bad instruction. I have recently told Joseph not to take instruction from anyone else other than myself or Mike. Joseph was last told "Your not twisting your body enough. That's where all your power comes from." I know that's not the case. Mike knows that's not the case but most coaches just don't get it. The worst are the ex-pros that were taught wrong or they believe that just because they do it that way it is right. Over rotation was causing Joseph to early rotate miss his center mark become off balanced and throw across his body.

Getting Back to Mike. I have been busting my brain for the last year trying to get Joseph not to early rotate. Nothing I did worked. I could see it on tape. I could tell Joseph not to do it but it never got fixed. After only a couple of hours with Mike, Guess what. With a few mechanical changes Joseph does not early rotate any more. If he does I know now what to tell him to fix it. We will be Making the drive into Houston whenever we get the chance to work with Mike."


Mark Anderson


*WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT GETTING A SECOND OPINION ON YOUR SONS PITCHING MECHANICS WITH VIDEO ANALYSIS TO ENSURE THAT HE IS BEING PROPERLY PROTECTED AND INSTRUCTED IS A WISE DECISION.


*IN FACT, VIDEO ANALYSIS IS YOUR BEST INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST BAD PITCHING INSTRUCTION. THE CAMERA DOESN'T LIE.


*THE FACT IS THAT PITCHING INSTRUCTORS THAT DON'T USE VIDEO ANALYSIS, DON'T USE IT BECAUSE THEY CANNOT PROPERLY INTERPRET THE DATA, IDENTIFY THE FLAWS, AND HELP THE STUDENT MAKE THE NECESSARY CORRECTIONS TO REDUCE CHANCES OF SERIOUS INJURY AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE.


*CLEARLY, VIDEO ANALYSIS PROVIDES YOU GUARANTEED IMPROVEMENT BY IDENTIFYING FAULTS, THAT LEAD TO LOSS IN VELOCITY AND CONTROL, AND CORRECTING THEM.


*OBVIOUSLY, WITH VIDEO ANALYSIS, FAULTY MECHANICS THAT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ARM INJURIES CAN BE IDENTIFIED.


*WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT WITH VIDEO ANALYSIS, A PITCHER CAN GET IMMEDIATE VISUAL ANSWERS AS TO WHY HIS ARM HURTS, VELOCITY IS LOW, AND CONTROL HAS DISAPPEARED.


*AS A MATTER OF FACT, OVER 50% OF ALL LITTLE LEAGUE AND HIGH SCHOOL PITCHERS ARE PITCHING IN PAIN.


*OBVIOUSLY, IF YOUR SON IS THROWING OR PITCHING WITH PAIN, AN EXPERT VIDEO ANALYSIS IS URGENT BECAUSE YOUR SON IS IN HUGE DANGER OF ARM INJURY.


*CLEARLY, WITHOUT VIDEO ANALYSIS, THE PITCHER PAYS THE PRICE BY INCREASING THE CHANCES THAT HE WILL BE INJURED OR CUT FROM HIS TEAM, PREMATURELY ENDING HIS PITCHING CAREER.


*IN FACT, RECEIVING PITCHING INSTRUCTION WITH EXPERT VIDEO ANALYSIS IS YOUR INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST WASTING VALUABLE TIME AND MONEY.



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