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The AMBA Next Level Assessment

At Athletic Mission we know you understand that it takes more than talent and skills to be a next level pitcher/hitter. So we start our evaluation process focusing on how you’re pitching/hitting on game day and your mindset.

Everyone knows how important confidence is for a pitcher/hitter, so we start there and have an honest conversation about how you’re thinking and how it affects how you’re pitching/hitting.

The AMBA Next Level Pitcher/Hitter Program is a step by step system to help you easily understand everything it takes to be an elite pitcher/hitter, a framework for how to think about pitcher/hitter development, game day preparation & performance and how to get great hitters out and barrel up great pitchers.

We focus on 5 key areas of Pitcher/Hitter Development that you’ll need to master.

1. Mindset: What do I need to believe to be a confident and give me a strategic advantage over all my competition?
  • Taking Ownership
  • Being Self Reliant
  • Surround Yourself with Smart People
  • Compare & Convince Mindset
  • Compete & Contribute Mindset
  • Strategic Advantage Mindset
  • Lost?
  • Defensive?
  • Curious?
  • What are your beliefs around being a Big Game Pitcher/Hitter?
  • What is focus? Setting intent or thinking hard?
  • Train the Brain, The Mind – Body Connection
  • Talent & Tools vs. Game Day Performance
2. Off-Season Training: What do I need to do to get the starting role I want for this upcoming season?
  • Relationships & Information
  • Strength
  • Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Mechanics
  • Velocity/Exit Velocity
  • Transition to Pre-season
3. Pre-Season Practice: What do I need to do to make sure my baseball skills are game ready?
Pitching
  • Throwing Program
  • Bullpen Plans
  • Game Ready Pitch Arsenal Development
  • Max Velocity Pitch Command Process
  • PVML and Pre-Pitch Routine
  • Pitch Set Up
  • Velocity Range
  • Movement Pattern
  • Location Consistency
  • 12 Count Test
  • Rapsodo, Charting and Tunneling
  • Role and Responsibilities
  • Transition to In Season
Hitting
  • Drills vs Skill Batting Practice Plan
  • Game Ready Approach
  • Max Velocity Barrel Control Process
  • STKS
  • Set Up
  • Stance
  • Swing
  • 12 Count Approach Test
  • Situational Awareness Charts
  • Role and Responsibilities
  • Transition to In-Season
4. In-Season Game Planning: What do I need to do to prepare a plan for each hitter or pitcher I will face this season?
Pitching
  • What they know about me
  • What I need to know about them, each team
  • What I need to know about him, each hitter
  • Pre-Game Scouting Reports
  • In Game Cues and Clues
  • How To Ready a Hitter (STKS)
  • Patterns, Habits & Tendencies
  • Discipline or Undisciplined
  • Aggressive or Patient?
  • Taking Panic Swings? What Situations and Counts?
  • What pitch(es) is he trying to eliminate from your arsenal? Situation and Count?
Hitting
  • What they know about me
  • What I need to know about them, each team
  • What I need to know about him, each pitcher
  • Pre-Game Scouting Report
  • In Games Cues and Clues
  • How To Ready a Pitcher (PVML)
  • Patterns, Habits, and Tendencies
  • Power or Finesse
  • Control or Wild
  • Loses his mind? What Situation and Counts?
  • What pitch(es) is you trying to get you out with? Situation and Count?
5. Game Day Performance: What do I need to do to confidently execute my game plan vs each hitter/pitcher I face?
  • Pre-Game Routine
  • Situational Count Awareness
  • Proactive vs Reactive
  • Early Count K’s Attitude
  • In Game Adjustments
  • Post Game Routines
  • Post Game Evaluation
  • Transition to Off-Season

5 Core Problems Areas we help Pitchers and Hitter Identify and Solve

1. Mental / Mindset / Confidence Issues
  • Coaches don’t trust you
  • You don’t trust your coaches
  • You don’t trust yourself
  • Lack confidence
  • Feel Pressure
  • Constantly comparing yourself to others
  • Feel stressed out
  • Over coached
  • Feel like you’re faking it, just going through the motions
  • Feel confused
  • Feel overwhelmed
  • Lack focus and intent
2. Bad Mechanics
Pitching
  • Wild
  • No consistency
  • Lack accuracy
  • No pitch command
  • Body out of sync
  • No Brain / Mind – Body Connection
  • Throw all arms
  • Move different on every pitch
  • No consistent pre-pitch set up
Hitting
  • No plan / approach
  • Not seeing the ball
  • No consistency in barreling up baseballs
  • Consistently late on pitch
  • Swinging and Missing too much
  • Pulling off the baseball
  • Consistently rolling over
  • Striking out too much
  • Constantly making swing adjustments
  • Do know how your swing plays
3. Lack of Velocity / Exit Velocity / Explosiveness / Athleticism
Pitching
  • Move to slow
  • Low velocity
  • Inconsistent velocity
  • 2-0 Velo drop
  • Inconsistent mechanics
  • Lack athleticism
  • Lack strength
Hitting
  • Lack body awareness
  • Low exit velocity
  • Hardest hit balls is weak
  • Inconsistent mechanics
  • Lack athleticism
  • Lack strength
4. Poor / Unfocused Practice Habits
Pitching
  • Over coached
  • Under coached
  • Mindless practice
  • Random drills
  • Constantly changing training methods and tools
  • No measured and tracked progress / improvements
  • Lack fastball pitch command
  • Lack a 2nd or 3rd pitch command
  • Generic routines and bullpen practice plans
Hitting
  • Over coached
  • Under coached
  • Mindless practice
  • Constantly changing methods and tools
  • No measured and tracked progress / improvements
  • Lack approach
  • Lack adjustments awareness
  • Generic routines and practice plan
5. Lack of Strategy / Pitchability
Pitching
  • No pre-game preparation for the opponent
  • Don’t study individual hitters
  • You’re too predictable
  • Too easy to game plan against
  • Can’t call own pitches / game
  • Coaches calling random pitches / games
  • Don’t make in game adjustments
Hitting
  • No pre-game preparation for the opponent
  • Don’t study individual pitchers
  • You have glaring holes in your approach
  • You are an easy out because of your lack of discipline
  • Coaches take the bat out of your hands in certain situations and counts
  • Don’t make in game adjustments
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