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October 10, 2017

Throw Your Hands Breakdown

Matt Talarico,


Steal Start Coaching Cues

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July 26, 2017

A Letter to My 18 Year Old Self

Matt Talarico,

Derek Jeter’s Player’s Tribune has released a few “Letters to Myself” articles.  These are great articles from Hall of Fame players who show vulnerability telling their story coming up.  Here is an example of Chipper Jones’s story.
After reading a few of them I decided to try this myself.  My story is not one of a Hall of Fame athlete. I do however think it is relatable.  I think there are far more 18 year olds getting ready to go to college who will experience similar things I did than a Hall of Fame athlete.  Here it goes. I hope it helps[…]
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July 11, 2017

The Importance of Balance in Coaching

Matt Talarico,

This made me think…

Throughout my time coaching college baseball I have come to this same realization. Balance is the true key. This applies to every angle of coaching[…]

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The Importance of Balance in Coaching

June 14, 2017

Art of the Steal

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May 31, 2017

College Assistant Teaches the Art of Steal

Roy Bragg – San Antonio Express


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April 25, 2017

Stealing Runs

Jeremy Sheetinger w/ Matt Talarico

ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse

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March 26, 2017

The Benefits of Creating a Plan

Matt Talarico,

A short story…
Over my coaching career I have stayed in quite a few hotels. Some have been nicer than others. I quickly realized if I was going to stay in decent physical shape I was going to have to get used to working out on the road[…]

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The Benefits of Having a Plan


Feb. 13, 2017

Practice Ideas for Any Facility

Matt Talarico,

Wright State University is in Dayton, Ohio. We deal with poor weather the majority of the winter. This isn’t new to me, in fact, it has sparked a lot of creativity as it has with a large number of cold weather high school or college coaches. We have had to deal with being indoors at every single coaching stop I have made in my career[…]

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Dec. 13, 2016

imagesHow to Create Your Own Lifting Workouts

Matt Talarico,

This is developed from a lot of personal trial and error over the last 15 years, a lot of reading, a lot of research, and a little bro science. I wish someone was there when I was 15 to tell me to stop wasting time and energy on certain things and focus on other things that actually help[…]

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Nov. 28, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 10.35.15 AMHow to Get the Most Out of Your Break

Matt Talarico,

During a college player’s career there really isn’t much time off. Typically you get to campus as a freshman and jump right in the deep end of the fall season. For most this includes a tougher weight lifting plan, daily conditioning, competition to earn a spot against more talented players, learning a new coaching staff and taking in all the new information they need you to learn – you do all of this while making new friends, getting good grades and being away from home for the first time in your life[…]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Break

Nov. 2, 2016

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-10-00-35-amBase Stealing Stances

Matt Talarico,

Here is a look at different setups in stances from some random big league guys. I always find it helpful to compare different setups for our guys.  You will notice a lot of similarities from these pictures. I really breakdown the detail of why I like the neutral setup you see from most of these players here – RIGHT HERE!  But even just taking a look at each picture is helpful[…]

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Base Stealing Stances

Oct. 19, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-9-00-53-amSetting up a Left-Handed Pitcher – Part  3

The  Low Respect Lefty

Matt Talarico,

In the first part of this blog we discussed the different types of lefties we run into (check it out here: Setting up a lefty 1) and how to discover his type in a game. Part 2 discussed the “game within the game” and gaining confidence in your base stealing (check it out here: The Game Within the Game).  This blog will discuss the types of left-handed pitchers we face, specifically the “Low Respect Lefty[…]”

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Setting Up a Lefty – Part 3


Sept. 14, 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-10-52-35-pmNever Check a Bag Again!

Matt Talarico,

This is way off topic from stealing bases.  We were having a conversation the other day that led me to make this video… I hope you get something from it.  I haven’t checked a bag since I began doing it[…]

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Never check a bag again!


Sept. 12, 2016

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Matt Talarico,

Originally I wanted to do an entry on quick tips to steal home, but as I think about it I believe it can be more beneficial to include leading off at third and stealing home. Often the leadoff is overlooked. Most teams really concentrate with leadoff work at 1st and 2nd but then neglect third outside of a few pointers. If done correctly, the leadoff at 3B can be crucial in adding another run so we should have sound logic when working there […]

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Keys to Stealing Home


Sept. 5, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.47.48 AMWhy I’m Against the Opened Stance

Matt Talarico,


When we are discussing base stealing technique from our “Old School” system we are generally talking about eliminating wasted movement as much as possible. That is what a good “Old School” jump is – having a great reaction to the pitcher’s leg lift with zero wasted motion in our lateral acceleration […]

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Why I’m Against the Opened Stance


Aug 25, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.06.53 PMBuilding Base Running Instincts

Matt Talarico,


A few nights ago the question was asked about tips on building instincts on the base paths. This has been a question that has always surfaced for coaches. How do you teach a player who has reached our level (whatever level that is) to have better instincts when it comes to decision making and reaction? I think there are a few ways to help… you might never make a great decision maker out of a very raw player but you can see improvement[…]

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Building Base Running Instincts


Aug. 13, 2016

chachMy Top 6 Speed Training Gadgets

Matt Talarico,


If you have followed the “12-week plan” in our website then you know we have days outlined to develop quickness and agility… not just speed necessarily. I thought it would be a good idea to give my take on the running tools you can buy for a reasonable price to help speed up this process[…]
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6 Best Tools


Aug. 5, 2016

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Left-handed Pitcher Series

Part 2 – The Game Within the Game

For part 2 of my “stealing vs. left-handed pitchers” series we will discuss what I like to call the game within the game.  Once you have determined the type of left-handed pitcher we’re dealing with (SETTING UP A LEFTY – PART 1) you will then enter the phase of actually setting this pitcher up to steal on. For us, and any aggressive base stealing player/team, this is definitely a plan to actually run… shutting down is not an option. With this said, we don’t just want to go out there and make outs either.

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Setting Up a Left-Handed Pitcher – Part 2


July 19, 2016
5 Biggest Base Stealing Mistakes

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As a coach who is passionate about base stealing, I havelearned to watch seemingly minor details become major factors in an athlete’s base stealing success. I am going to share the five biggest base stealing mistakes I see made the most. These are all basic and can be applied to any of our stealing methods (Old School, New School, or any Hybrid method). As a fast or slow base runner you must understand that aggressiveness will lead to close plays; these are plays we need to come out on the winning end of. The key to winning close plays is to pay attention to minor detail. Here are the five biggest mistakes I see[…]

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5 Biggest Base Stealing Mistakes


July 4, 2016
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         Left-handed Pitcher Series

         Part 1 – Determining Skill Set

Setting up a left-handed pitcher is completely dependent on the pitcher’s skill set. I like classifying these pitchers into 3 groups – high, medium, and low respect lefties. After   determining what type of pitcher he is we will then create a base-stealing plan against him[…]

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Setting Up a Lefty – Part 1

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June 27, 2016

The Value of the Stolen Base 

Base stealing is a stat that is often questioned. Since sabermetrics have been popular the risk of stealing a base simply is not worth the reward. Why would you take the chance to move up 90’ and risk getting thrown out?  However, I believe base stealing matters. I can’t say I disagree with the concerning stats, but why can’t we work to make the risk lower?[…]

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The Value of the Stolen Base

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