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These two slender books provide advice to coaches and parents on how to teach baseball skills to young athletes. Coaching Youth Baseball offers instructional programs and drills for successful development. House, who also wrote The Pitching Edge (LJ 2/1/94), concentrates on a training regimen to maximize performance and avoid injury. Both titles are recommended for large public and high school libraries.
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"""From Texas to Japan, I've watched Tom House work wonders with pitchers. In Fit To Pitch you'll find the best and most complete pitcher conditioning program ever developed."""
Bobby Valentine
Manager, New York Mets AAA Team--Tidewater, Former Manager, Texas Rangers
"""Fit to Pitch provides the best information available to players and coaches from proper mechanics to the latest in strength, flexibility, and conditioning programs. Fantastic guide for all levels."""
Patrick M. Casey
Head Baseball Coach, Oregon State University
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; Reprint edition (April 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873228820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873228824
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book profiles workouts and exercises for players ages 13 and beyond. The book goes into extreme detail on muscle regeneration verse pitching and workouts between pitching dates. This is a must if you want to stay healthy and get the most out of your body.
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I have several of the Tom House manuals on pitching training and they have varying effectiveness as a delivery vehicle of a "how to". In fact, there is quite a bit of overlap between this book and "Fastball Fitness", however, there is enough different to warrant a separate purchase, as long as you know what you are trying to achieve.

"Fit to Pitch" is a good, not great, manual on pitching fitness, as described. Exercises are described in a cursory fashion, however, and are lacking a detailed diagramming that some may want, if they don't have a background with physical training. Pictures are available, but the reader must have a background to understand what exercise motions are applicable. I have found better pitching exercise description on other's websites.

What Mr. House does well is articulate sequential training in a variety of proven formats so pitchers/trainers can match the individual. However, if you are looking for an easy to chart program to apply to a variety of situations, this isn't it. What I found helpful with this book is the separate "in season" vs pre-season training approaches, so you can figure what type of pitcher you have (or are) and apply the appropriate regimen, accordingly. Tom does a great job of painting the reality that not all pitchers require the same amount of rest and not are all used in the same fashion (starter vs. reliever). Different program variations are available for each variable. That is where the book is successful.

What you won't find is the weighted ball/velocity improvement regimen - that is in "Fastball Fitness". It would be better if Mr. House repackaged these as volumes of made the topics more discernable. Still a valuable read, if you are interested in the appropriate training for a pitcher, from the original guru.
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Some useful and interesting information on preventing injuries, but his remedies, e.g., for " pitcher's elbow," include surgery. Major league pitchers (and their teams), can afford that. High school players or non-professionals cannot. Less invasive techniques should have been included.
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To really appreciate the programs outlined in this book, you must be committed to them, as they can become quite time consuming. It makes the most sense for pitchers already competing at some level, so they can complement their pitching with the exercise routine, which will allow them to last longer and perform better. The in depth workouts really allow the player to appreciate all of the important factors that influence pitching ability. Altogether, the exercises promote good mechanics, isolate important muscles, and allow the pitcher to think about the pitching motion while working out. By dedicating oneself to such a nuanced program, a pitcher can gain not only physically but also mentally, as this book promotes smart pitching.
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