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  • Private Lessons and Team Training in St. Louis!


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    We proudly serve the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Private Lessons, Team Training, Online Training and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter Instagram ....

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  • Our Partners


    Partners

    I have been blessed to work with these partners

    Blast Motion
    www.blastmotion.com Brought together by a passion for leading edge technology, Blast Motion’s founders saw the opportunity to revolutionize the use of motion capture technology long before it was technologically possible. Today Blast Motion engineers precision motion sensors and app interfaces with the intent of changing the way we communicate. By tying together multiple forms of media and data, Blast allows anyone to easily capture and track any moment, in multiple dimensions.
    HitTrax
    www.hittraxbaseball.com HitTrax™ is the first and only baseball simulator. A powerful combination of ....

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  • Baseball Athlete Evaluation


    RSB Athlete Evaluation

    Leave the guesswork at home. Our team at Rick Strickland Baseball relies on the most cutting-edge technology to identify mechanical flaws in all aspects of your game and help you become more efficient and effective in every single movement. Fill out the short form on the side of this page to schedule your evaluation today!



    Here's how it works:

    Our in-house Evaluation technology uses a 3D motion analysis, HitTrax Assessment, and Bat Path analysis tools to track your every movement and grades your mobility and efficiency based on your unique skill set. With this data, we can rely on concrete steps to improvement, rather than guessing. The Athlete Evaluation ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - Great Pitchers Do More Than Throw Pitches

    Great Pitchers Do More Than Throw Pitches

    Did you know a pitcher could win the Cy Young Award, Most Valuable Player Award, and Gold Glove Award all in one season? That’s because even pitchers are evaluated for defense and are therefore eligible to take home that gold-covered, tanned-leather trophy given to players who exhibit superior fielding skills. The King of the Gold Gloves -- not just among pitchers, but among all players -- is Greg Maddux. He has 18 of them, which is the most ever; he won one every year from 1990 to 2008, with the exclusion of 2003 when Mike Hampton took home the prize. Maddux was spry and athletic, he played hard, and he was smart. He led all pitchers in “range factor” fourteen times ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - Bunting Isn't Popular, But It's a Necessary Skill

    Bunting Isn't Popular, But It's a Necessary Skill

    2017: The Year of the Mammoth Blast! Has a nice ring to it, conjuring images of big men, big swings, and lots of power. Which is a far cry from an old-school approach to offense like small ball and its emphasis on getting ’em on, moving ’em over, and driving ’em in. One of the key elements of a successful small-ball strategy is the humble bunt, for both getting on base and for moving runners over. When bunting is used by hitters looking to sneak their way to a single with finesse and speed, it succeeds a surprisingly high percentage of the time: a batting average of .433 in 600 attempts in 2016. When bunts are laid down as a sacrifice -- a critical component of an ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - Flashing the Leather Like a Pro

    Flashing the Leather Like a Pro

    Andrelton Simmons of the L.A. Angels is one of the best defensive shortstops of his generation, as statistics like Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) plainly show. DRS is an advanced metric that takes into account almost every measurement of a defensive player’s performance -- infielders’ range, double-plays turned, home run-saving catches, outfield arm, etc. -- in order to determine the rate at which they turn batted balls into outs, relative to their peers. According to Baseball Info Solutions -- the data analytics firm that invented and popularized the formula -- a +5 DRS score is solid, a +10 is outstanding, and +15 is Gold Glove territory. In 2013, when he was just a 23-year-old ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - Why All The Long Balls?

    Why All The Long Balls?

    After Aaron Judge’s 496-foot blast on June 10th at Yankee Stadium -- the longest home run to that point of the season -- we got to thinking about long balls. Namely, that there have been lots of them this year and lots that have flown great distances. Thanks to recent technological advances -- like Major League Baseball’s Statcast player-analysis tool and ESPN’s Home Run Tracker -- it’s easy to measure just about anything that happens on a baseball field. Including the distance a batted ball has traveled away from home plate, whether it leaves the yard or not. So far, the 2017 season is shaping up as a record-setter for ones that do leave the yard. A quick glance ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - Good Baserunning Begins With the Basics

    Good Baserunning Begins With the Basics

    There’s a lot more to burning up the basepaths than simply having sublime speed. And while the fleetness of foot so many players yearn for definitely helps with beating out grounders and stealing bases, things like anticipation, proper technique, and swift first steps also play a part in the ability to cover 90 feet fast. For professional athletes -- in this case, Major League baserunners -- perception is often reality. Simply being known as a guy who’s quick, opportunistic, and always hustling can unsettle opposing pitchers and take fielders out of their comfort zones, increasing the likelihood that they’ll make mistakes. One way to become a baserunner with a reputation ....

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  • Private Baseball Lessons in St. Louis - Rick Strickland Baseball - What Makes for a Good Catcher?

    What Makes for a Good Catcher?

    For 1,742 games, one of the game’s best-ever catchers set up behind home plate, looked out on his pitcher and every other player on the field, and took control of the action. And here, in one quote, he has summed up quite nicely baseball’s most demanding position. Also known as The Little General, Bench was a two-time National League MVP, 14-time NL All-Star, and 10-time Gold Glove winner. And, just like every other player to put on the catcher’s gear, he was tasked with directing his troops. That’s the thing about being a good catcher: It includes so much more than simply calling and receiving pitches. It’s definitely the most physically demanding position ....

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