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Of The Elite Pitchers And Fielders  




In Baseball And Fastpitch Softball



 

WV player of the year

Congratulations to one of Mike's Students,


Garrett Gress, for being named the 


2017 West Virginia High School Baseball 


Player Of The Year

Bad pitching instruction  is making pitchers  throw with their arms.  When front foot plants  ball is looking at 2nd base.  This is just one of the many bad pitching cues being taught by almost everyone.         

Correct position when  foot lands
This is the actual arm position of the best MLB pitchers, when their front foot plants, that are very successful and don't have arm problems.  The very best pitchers do the complete opposite of almost every pitching cue that is being taught to 99% of baseball pitchers today.
six year old throwing 44 mph

Picture on left is a 6 year old student learning to throw correctly. When he first came in he couldn't throw the ball 30 feet without a 10 foot high arc.  Video on right shows by learning how to correctly throw the ball he is now able to throw the ball 44 MPH consistently.  Amazing difference.

worst pitching cues flipping wrist
bad pitching cues
Bad pitching instruction flipping wrist
how the very best pitchers do it
In softball, bad pitching instruction is making pitchers throw mainly with their 
arm.  Above 3 pictures show the worst pitching cues being taught to 99% of  pitchers.  Faster arm circle, flip the wrist, hello elbow and scoop the ice cream.
The best pitchers do not flip their wrist, hello elbow or faster arm circle.  They do something completely different for more speed and control.

Before (top) and After (bottom)  Photos

My name is Michael Stanford and I am currently playing baseball at Weatherford College in Texas.   In 2018 I tore my UCL and needed to get Tommy John surgery and had been having some elbow pain during my recovery process.  My Father, David Stanford played baseball with Mike in High School and recently reached out to him to help me out with my pitching mechanics.   Mike didn't hesitate at all to fly out to Texas and spend three days to help me with my mechanics to help prevent my elbow pain and potentially another surgery in the future.  After I threw a bullpen for him he identified right off the bat the problem with my mechanics and the reason for my arm pain, I was balancing, throwing over the top, etc. all the things I had been taught.  He then showed me what I needed to do to get on the right track to improve velocity and reduce arm issues.   After only three days of working with Mike I was able to change my mechanics and throw with no arm pain at all and I truly felt a difference in velocity, ball movement  and all around smoothness when throwing.  "You're a genius, you have figured out, by far, the best pitching mechanics" I said to him.  I had been mentally struggling because I felt I was so behind schedule with my recovery process and after working with him and knowing I could throw with no pain really made me believe that I would be able to pitch competitively again this season after not being able to for a full year, I truly owe Mike so much.  If anyone that wants to add velocity or gets a sore arm or worse needs Tommy John surgery has any doubt about working with Mike and learning his philosophy of pitching please contact me and I will personally tell you if you buy into everything he says and truly work at it you will not be disappointed. 

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Mike, you are the only one teaching pitching the way it should be taught and it has made an amazing difference in the way Wes is pitching.  I was against him pitching because the way he was being taught (all the things you say not to do) his arm hurt so much, almost all the other pitchers had sore arms, and a couple kids we played with even ended up getting arm surgery.   It blows my mind that, because of what we learned from you, he is throwing so much harder with better control and his arm doesn't hurt anymore.  He now has a moving fastball and all of his other pitches are moving so much more than ever.  The way you teach pitching is so  different and so much better than anything else being taught.  Gary Medley

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My daughter was the no. 3 pitcher as a sixth grader on her middle school softball team.  By the time the season began the following spring she was the starting pitcher for her team.  This happened because, with Mike's help, Matti increased her pitching speed from 45 mph to a consistent 53-54 mph in just 5 lessons.  She also had a very noticeable increase in movement and accuracy with her pitches.  Mike is the only instructor I know that gives a true one solid hour of hands on training along with video records he uses to help instruct his students. Mike simplifies the proper mechanics of pitching and hitting so my daughter and I can fully understand what he is trying to get her to accomplish.  Very glad we found you, Bob Parks

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Bad leaping position

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Great leaping position

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What you have done for Kiersten's pitching and hitting is amazing.  We were working on what everyone was telling us, faster arm circle and snap the wrist.  She was really struggling and couldn't get past 36 mph.  You showed us the best players do nothing we were being told.  We worked on your changes, she is now averaging over 54 mph on her fastball sometimes hitting 56 and over.  She looks so effortless and the other pitches you have taught her so far (change up, drop, drop curve, screwball and rise ball) make her even harder to hit against.   In her last 25 1/3 innings (last 76 outs) she has 71 strikeouts and has only given up 12 hits, WOW.  The way you teach pitching and seeing these results blow my mind.   Jason Edge


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I started my 10 year old daughter with Mike in October 2015.  She had been an average hitter and pitcher. Several instructors taught her "faster arm circle" and "snap the wrist" during pitching.  After the very first video lesson with Mike it was obvious these characteristics are not what the most successful professionals and college pitchers and hitters are doing.  During a recent tournament in Ashland, Kentucky Tatum pitched three “no hitters” and had another home run, bringing her home run count to 9.   She just reached her personal best of 53 mph.  We give all the credit to Mike for her success.  Thank you Mike ,  Allen Halley                                  
                 
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The changes you have made in our daughters pitching is amazing.  We thought she threw hard and her instructor said she could maybe see an increase in speed of 2 to 3 mph per year. The first lesson you showed us everything we were learning (faster arm circle and snapping the wrist) was making her throw slower.  You gave us one drill and when we came in she had gained 4 mph on her fastball.  That blew our minds.  In 5 months she has gained 10 mph on her fastball, her control is amazing.  Other parents can't believe how much better she is, it was suppose to take a minimum of 3 years to gain 10 mph.  We owe this all to you.   Jennifer D. 

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My Daughter just had her second lesson and I couldn't believe the difference you have made.   We had gone to 2 other pitching coaches the last 3 years that were teaching her to snap her wrist.   She kept getting a sore shoulder and bicep after 4 innings.  You showed us on the video snapping the wrist was the problem and it was hurting her speed.  We were amazed in the first lesson she added 4 miles per hour with one thing you showed us.  The second lesson we couldn't believe she added another 3 miles per hour and after a whole hour of pitching her arm wasn't hurting.  All this after only 2 pitching lessons.  Thank you so much!  Regina M.
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You have changed my sons career.  He was doing everything you said is wrong (balancing and throwing over the top).  You showed us a completely different way and I am so grateful.  Because of you he has added speed, his pitches have movement and his arm doesn't hurt anymore.  He tried out for an elite travel team and after 1 pitch the coach tried to get him to balance and go over the top.   I told him to let my son throw a few more pitches.   After 20 more pitches the coach told me he had good speed and really good movement on the ball.   He said you can't teach movement and I smiled and thought Mike Sedberry does.   Thanks, Scott N. 

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I can't believe the difference you made in Jacobs pitching.  When you showed him how to throw with the body his speed increased in the first lesson.  The next practice the coach couldn't believe the difference and said his arm was getting stronger.  I told him we were learning to take his arm out of the pitch which is why he was throwing harder.  He thought I was crazy.  The next game he pitched two innings and had four strikeouts.  His arm doesn't hurt anymore.  Many of the parents around us couldn't understand why it looked like his arm was going slower but the ball was going faster.  We love it. Greg F.  

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I just watched a pitching lesson I still can't believe.  My son has been pitching and getting lessons for 4 years.  He's got up to 52 mph but when he does his control suffers and his arm will get sore.  Our first lesson you videoed his pitching and showed us most everything we were learning was the cause of our problems.  You showed him a couple things and gave us a drill we worked on every day.   The second lesson you added another step and he hit 54 mph.  The third lesson you showed him how to release the ball and 30 minutes later he threw 60 mph.  This was amazing and I still can't believe it happened so soon.  Everyone needs to learn the way you teach pitching because you throw harder with better control and no sore arm.   Matt W. 

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My son's pitching was bad.  His middle school pitching coach wanted him to balance, throw over the top and snap his arm down at release.  Your site said this is wrong.  His arm had been hurting.  You video taped him pitching the first lesson and told us he was losing speed, control and he would have arm problems if he continued to pitch this way. The fastest he had been clocked before was 46 mph.   In just 5 lessons he is up to 54 mph.  His arm doesn't hurt anymore and the last game he had 10 strikeouts in 5 innings. You are a miracle worker the way you teach pitching.  I never would believe he could throw this hard, have this much success and have no arm problems, before you.  Thanks for everything. Roger G.    


(There are many more testimonials from our students on the baseball and softball pitching testimonials pages.)

Almost everyday baseball and fastpitch softball pitchers and fielders come in looking to throw harder with better control.  Most say when they try to throw hard their control suffers so they have to throw slower for better control.  Sadly, way too many baseball and softball pitchers and fielders are getting sore arms mainly because of bad instruction.  Some players have had to go through physical therapy, some even needing surgery.  These problems DO NOT need to happen.


The problem is really bad instruction being taught by almost all pitching coaches and instructors, former High School, College and pro players, at High School, College, and pro pitching camps,  by other parents and in instructional books.  They think velocity comes from arm strength and arm speed.  Almost every pitching cue, warm up program and drill that pitchers and fielders are taught  causes BAD throwing mechanics.   Sadly, these drills make them throw with their arm leading to a decrease in speed, control and an increase in arm soreness or injury.  


In BASEBALL these are the worst pitching and throwing cues being taught to almost every player.


  • When stride knee comes up balance on back leg


  • When front foot lands ball is looking at 2nd base (shown above)


  • When front foot lands glove is pointed to home plate


  • Take chest to glove when throwing


  • Twist or rotate hips


  • Elbow goes up above shoulder when throwing


  • Faster arm for more speed


  • Throw over the top 


  • Snap your wrist and pull arm down at release 


If you are learning any of these you will not throw as hard as you should, your control will suffer  and you will put much more stress on your shoulder and elbow.  The last few years we are seeing many more arm injuries and Tommy John surgeries, as young as 11 years old, mainly because most baseball pitchers and fielders are being taught the worst cues from above. 



In FASTPITCH SOFTBALL these are the worst pitching cues that are being taught to 99% of pitchers.


  • Faster arm circle for more speed


  • Ball looking at 2nd base when front foot lands


  • Snap or flip wrist at release (shown above)


  • Rotate or snap hips at release


  • Hello elbow or scoop the ice cream after release (shown above)


Almost every new pitcher that comes in (99%) is doing most of the above bad pitching cues.  They reduce a pitchers speed an average of five or more miles per hour, hurts their control and also puts much more added stress on the arm and shoulder.  Most new pitchers add 1 to 2 miles per hour in the first lesson because the difference is amazing when you learn what the best pitchers do.




Mike Sedberry's Baseball And Fastpitch 



Softball Pitching Academy 


If you want to become the very best pitcher you can be, you want to learn the exact mechanics of the best pitchers in baseball and fastpitch softball.  You will be surprised how, with good pitching cues, you can throw harder, have more movement on your pitches and have better control.  This helps pitchers to become much more successful and help prevent arm soreness they can get from using bad mechanics, that can lead to serious sometimes career ending injuries. 


Learn the seven traits all successful pitchers have in common that help them throw harder with more control. Even in pro baseball and fastpitch softball, pitchers perform these traits at various levels, the most successful pitchers execute them at the highest level.  We also use a radar gun so you can see the increase in your velocity as you learn these traits.


You will learn about pitch movement, changing speeds and game management.  Become a more successful and confident pitcher.  


We also offer throwing lessons for all players that want to learn how to correctly throw the ball harder with more accuracy and no stress on their arm.    


All new students are video taped so they can see what their pitching or throwing motion looks like now compared to the very best in baseball and fastpitch softball.  You will see frame by frame how the best add more speed, control and look so effortless.  I will show you what we will be working on in the lesson so you can use your body like the very best. Most students and parents are able to see a tremendous difference even in the first lesson. 


If you want to work on pitching or throwing and hitting the first time we suggest a 1 1/2 hour video lesson where we will do the same as above for both.  Afterward you can do a 1 hour lesson to work on both.


The video is very important because everyone will see you are learning the exact mechanics of the best pitchers in baseball and fastpitch softball.


Long distance lessons

We have students and parents that drive 3 hours or more from all over West Virginia, Ohio , Kentucky and Virginia for lessons.  Most come in and take lessons over a two day period.  We have special rates for our lessons and a local hotel.  They come to us because they are learning the same bad pitching and hitting cues in their area and their kids aren't reaching their full potential.  They are excited to see their kids swing or pitch compared to a Major Leaguer or Team USA player.  They are amazed that it is so different from what they have been learning.  When they see how much better they get in just two days of lessons they are blown away.  Now they are on their way to reaching their full potential.  Call 304-722-6393 for more information. 



PRICES for personal 1 on 1 lessons


1/2  hour lesson             $25


 1   hour lesson               $45


1 1/2 hour video lesson  $70  for pitching and hitting


Call 304-722-6393 for more information or to schedule your lesson.  


We have special pricing for teams and groups of 2 or more students.