Let's Talk Baseball
Every week, husband and wife team Ron & Jill Wolforth (www.TexasBaseballRanch.com) talk, debate and argue with each other and the experts about America’s Favorite Pastime. It’s all about baseball – Big Leagues, Youth, on the field and behind the scenes. Is the coach of your kid’s baseball team driving them too hard? Or is Dale Sveum not driving those Cubs hard enough? Hear advice on good nutrition – and about the latest “non-steroid steroid” in circulation. Catch it all here with the Wolforths, America’s “First Family of Baseball”.

Twas the week after Christmas and all through the Ranch, EVERYBODY is stirring, in fact, it's crazy!  Coaches Ron and Jill Wolforth have a lot to catch you up on including their trip to Sweden, the Coaches Boot Camp and the things they have been blessed with over this year.  They'll cover it all on this week's show.

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach Wolforth shares what he thinks is the best news about training.  He calls it "What works is actually what's best.".  He'll explain.

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Coach Wolforth and the Texas Baseball Ranch staff have definitely been on the move with the Ranch on the Road camps in Santa Clarita, CA, Alexandria, LA, and Chicago, IL over the past month.  Coach Wolforth will share some insights and lessons from those trips.

In the Classroom Segment Coach and Jill talk about focusing on what you have and what you can do versus focusing on what you don't have and can't do.

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Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth just returned from Washington D.C. where Coach Wolforth gave one of his corporate presentations to a group of attorneys at Ben Glass's Great Legal Marketing Summit.  The presentation was entitled "Building Championship Teams and World Class Performers". Coach & Jill also got to spend an extra day touring D.C., taking in many of the memorials, and will discuss some of the take-aways from both days.

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach Wolforth shares one of the critical differences he sees between the good and great coaches and players.

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On this week's show, Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth talk about Lawrence Peter Berra, known to most as Yogi Berra, his passing, his amazing career, his legacy and of course many of his famous sayings.

In the Classroom Segment, they discuss "Generosity" and why its is so crucial for long term success.

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ESPN's article and ESPN.com's interview of The Texas Baseball Ranch aired this past week. If you didn't get to read the article or listen to the interview, email info@texasbaseballranch.com and we will send you the links.   You really don't want to miss them.  They are really good, if we say so ourselves.  On this week's show, we're going to discuss the article and you may be surprised by Coach Wolforth's perspective on both the article and the interview.

Then in the Classroom Segment we're going to be reviewing a past classroom topic entitled, "Compared to What?"  It will give you some very good food for thought.

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Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth are back with Let's Talk Baseball after a short summer hiatus.  This week they provide a summer review, as many things have taken place at The Texas Baseball Ranch over the past couple months.  They also give a teaser on some new and exciting things to come as well.

In the "Classroom" segment they dive into a very interesting topic titled, "Mistaking Difficult for Impossible". 

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Once again, Major League Baseball is considering tweaks to the game of baseball.  It seems we, as a society, just can't help ourselves from constant tinkering in terms of rule chanes, regulations and modifications. Coach Wolforth refers to it as the "slow death of discernment and common sense."  On this week's show, Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth of the Texas Baseball Ranch talk about several present issues and the inherent dangers of our current path.

In the "Classroom Segment", Coach and Jill disucss how one can utilize common sense in designing and monitoring progress.

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What do the events in Baltimore have to do with Homer Bailey tearing his UCL and requiring season ending surgery?  Well, nothing directly, but there are some real life lessons available to us on how so called "experts" respond to such events.  On this weeks show, Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth of the Texas Baseball Ranch are going to discuss what Coach Wolforth refers to as "The 10¢ Solution" and why it is so dangerous.

In the "Classroom Segment", Coach & Jill take a look at what Steve Adams, Managing Partner of 27 Pet Supplies Plus Franchises, calls "The Entropic Principle" and how it relates to baseball and training.

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It seems like the world is ablaze, with the Middle East in huge turmoil, riots around the United States and the Kansas City Royals getting in more fist fights than Friday night hockey in the National Hockey League.  On this week's show, Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth are going to discuss these baseball altercations and what they mean to the society at large.

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach & Jill takle the topic of "Inconvenience & Uncomfortability" and their relationship to real growth and development.

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It's that time of year at the Texas Baseball Ranch with the first Spring/Summer Elite Pitchers Boot Camp taking place this weekend.  In fact, this weekend is a special event as it's the first ever 8-12 year old camp held at The Ranch.  Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth receive a lot of questions regarding boot camps and the difference between those and their Summer Intensive Program so this week they discuss those common questions and share what is new at The Ranch.

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach & Jill talk about how to handle struggles or failure while IN the game itself.

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Major League Baseball's 2015 season is under way.  Texas Baseball Ranch pitchers got off to a very good start in opening week.  On this week's show Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth will give a quick review on the first outings of six of the most prominent professional "Ranch Hands".

In the Classroom Segment Coach & Jill disuss the subject "arousal state" and how critical it is to an athlete's performance.

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In the March 30th issue of Sport's Illustrated, which is also the Baseball Preview issue, an article entitled "Speed Kills" was written by Tom Verducci.  The article highlights the Ranch and the work of Coach Wolforth.  If you haven't seen it, you're encouraged to go get it.  On this week's show, Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth discuss parts of the article.

In the "Classroom Segment", they will talk about throwing related injuries from a perspective rarely shared by the main stream press and medical community.

 

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Coaches Ron & Jill Wolforth have just returned from a trip to Spring Training in Arizona. It was a jammed pack couple of days.  They will share the hilights on this week's show.

And in the "Classroom Segment", Coach & Jill will discuss the precarious balance between assessment and interpretation and why you must be actively involved in any process that affects your future.

 

 

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On this week's show Coaches Ron and Jill Wolforth discuss Coach Wolforth and the Texas Baseball Ranch being featured on CBS 60 Minute Sports, which is airing this month on Showtime.  They'll also talk about their trip to High Point University in High Point, North Carolina where they spent a day with the school's president, Dr. Nido Qubein, gaining some insight on both his and the University's success.

Then in the classroom segment, Coach & Jill focus on the important interatction between parents at high school baseball games and the keys to making it a positive experience for every one.

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Regular listeners to the radio show know Coach Wolforth sometimes gets on his soapbox.  This week he's at it again.  His topic is the absolute need for checks and balances.  Coach Wolforth will use some recent events inside and outside of baseball to make his case.

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach & Jill talk about "appreciation" and how valuable it is to personal and professional growth.

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Coach Wolforth and Jill have returned from Europe where Coach Wolforth presented at a coaches clinic in Bratislava, Slovakia.  They had a great trip and will share the highlights. Also, The Ranch had a special visitor this past week; Sports Illustrated feature sportswriter, Tom Verducci, spent two days in Montgomery, TX in preparation for an article he is doing on how the more progressive methods of training pitchers is affecting Major League Baseball. 

In the "Classroom Segment" Coach Wolforth and Jill ask and discuss the question "Is that who you are?"

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Coach Wolforth & Jill recently returned from the American Baseball Coaches Association annual convention, held this year in Orlando, Florida.  This year's overriding theme was on research and creating evidence based instruction.  This sounds good.  Who would be against research?  Well, like many things in life, much of this wasn't exactly what it was purported to be.  On this week's show, Coach & Jill discuss this year's event and what coach refers to as "The Research Ruse".

In the "Classroom Segment" they talk about throwing programs in the pre-season and what pitchers should be concerned about going into the season.

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