Dr. Lewis Yocum
Dr. Rick Heitsch
Dr. James Andrews
Dr. John Conway
Dr. Hank Chambers
Dr. Todd Lanman
Why are we doing this?
The National Pitching Association was formed by leading coaches, athletes, and management teams to help pitchers of all ages safely develop to their fullest potential. In today's non-professional baseball programs, (youth, Little League, college, etc.), too many pitchers get injured thus limiting their opportunity to continue playing baseball. Many times the desire to win has superseded what is best for a young athlete's development and future potential. This combined with general misinformation about what is good, better, or best for the development of young pitchers has seriously impaired or injured pitchers beyond rehabilitation. With this in mind, the National Pitching Association was formed to:
Gather the best research and perform new research
Change what we know and believe about what is best for pitchers
Share what we've learned and teach others to learn and use everyday
We have brought together the best advisory team and faculty available to help us learn more about how and when to pitch. Through scientific research we are continually updating the basics of pitching. We focus on teaching: the mechanics of pitching, strength and conditioning requirements, and nutritional necessities, as well as the mental and emotional elements of the sport. We help develop the support group that the pitchers require including their parents and coaches. What we provide is unique and valuable for the pitcher, the parents and the coach.
What does the NPA believe is essential to the development of athletes?
People want to learn
People want higher self esteem and to enjoy the game of baseball
Optimism enhances performance and learning
Diversity is key to learning and growth
Players learn best when their entire support system is part of the process
Winning at any cost is not healthy for an individual or team
You can't motivate players; you can only create an environment where motivated players can excel
People learn better as part of a team than they do as individuals
Leadership and great coaching is more a reflection of who we are than the tactics we use
What does the NPA hold as its core values?
Honesty: We are committed to the truth
Trust: We give trust even before it is earned
Mutual Respect: All people are important
Excellence: We strive for excellence in everything we do
Service is a Priority: We act in ways that continually enhance the customer experience
Responsibility: We are responsible to people that make time to invest in our endeavor
Success: We succeed when athletes develop to be the best they can while having fun
With these beliefs as our cornerstones, the National Pitching Association has assembled a highly experienced faculty and advisory staff to perform the best research available and to deliver the knowledge gained by this research to players, parents, and coaches. Our goal is to provide young pitchers at all levels the opportunity to learn, develop, achieve, and enjoy the game of baseball.