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Rebooting the System

Andy Hallett Head Baseball Coach A.C. Flora Here we are! Back to school!  The summer months have raced by and the new year is upon us.  If you are like me, you do not have the ability to keep your team together during the summer months for workouts and weight training.  Once school ends for us, I constantly remind our returning players that we will hit the ground running once the school year starts.  Even though I am not in daily contact with my players, I do reach out and send messages via Read more […]

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Summer Training Considerations & 3 Great Exercises For The Summer Time

Summer Training Considerations with Micah Kurtz & WACH Fox Lena Pringle   3 Great Exercises For The Summer Time Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for highlight videos and workout tips! youtube.com/allamericanath The Athlete Maker Team: Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, USAW, FMS, NASE, serves as Strength and Conditioning Consultant Coach to nine-time high school basketball national champion Oak Hill Academy, which won the Dick’s High School National Basketball Tournament Read more […]

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Thank You from Coach Kurtz

Dear AC Flora Students, Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Administration, Teachers & Community Members: I want to thank all of my AC Flora family for the opportunity to serve you as both a teacher and coach. When I took this job, I didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully, I was taken in like family by many members of the AC Flora community. I was given your trust, support and friendship. AC Flora and Forest Acres very quickly became home to me and it was a pleasure to work with all of your Read more […]

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TEACHING HITTING TO ANY AGE PLAYER

Coach Andy Hallett: Over the years I have heard all the lingo, the latest buzz, the newest and greatest thing when it comes to teaching how to get a hitter to hit the ball hard and stay consistently on the barrel.  MLB network, as well as many websites/blogs and self-proclaimed hitting coaches love to talk about: launch angle, exit velocities and any other “new and hot” ways to teach hitting.  I’ll be the first to tell you that is great; if it works for you. I have been a Ted Williams Read more […]

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3 Smart Questions Every Parent Should Ask A Strength Coach

QUESTIONS EVERY PARENT SHOULD ASK THEIR CHILD’S STRENGTH COACH There’s no better breeding ground for being a success in life than sports and in the weight room.  All parent’s should make sure they find a coach that believes in not only training their child to be a better athlete, but also how to be a better person. At the youth (6-12 years old), and the high school level (13-18 years old) an athletic development program should be focused on the athlete learning the proper fundamental movement Read more […]

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ADAPT AND COACH TO YOUR ROSTER

Coach Andy Hallett Throughout my 20 years as a head coach, I have seen my share of talent come through with many different variables.  I have had 6’5” 220 all the way to 5’6” 140.  Over the years my rosters have been shaped by the hand that we are dealt in high school.  I refer to it as “stud poker”, he who bluffs best sometimes wins the hand. I believe that adapting to my roster from year to year has been one of the primary reasons we have been able to compete at such Read more […]

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Doubt is Cancer: Mental Keys to High Achievement and Athletic Improvement

By: Luke Kurtz Doubt in an individual’s mind is the cancer that kills dreams and prevents individuals pursuing and achieving their ambitious goals. Dream big.  Starting quarterback.  All-State. College scholarship.  Professional career.  Go ahead and do it.  Set big scary goals! Now that you have permission to have mountain sized goals, let me share the secret sauce to even have a chance to achieve that goal.  Don’t focus on the goal that inevitably compares your ability to your Read more […]

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Basketball: Tennis Ball Rebounding Drill

With Basketball season in full swing, I hope your team is playing well and improving every day. I wanted to send you one of my favorite basketball specific plyometric drills.  I love this drill because it incorporates hand eye coordination and explosive plyometric training.  It requires the athlete to work on a quick second jump which is so important for basketball players when they get an offensive rebound.  This is a great way for your athletes to continue to stay strong and explosive throughout Read more […]

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2 EXERCISES FOR IMPROVED HIP MOBILITY

To be explosive, move well, feel good AND have a great vertical, an athlete should have good hip mobility. Many athletes, especially basketball players, have tight hips. Tight hip flexors present a disadvantage for athletes. Tight hips can hinder an athlete’s use of his or her glutes. The glutes are one of the most important muscles for running fast and jumping high. In addition, tight hip flexors can prevent an athlete from being able to explode into triple extension. Triple extension is what Read more […]

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3 REASONS WHY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOULD RUN TRACK IN THE OFFSEASON

The quickest way to impress a college coach is to be the quickest guy in a 40-Yard Dash. “The 40” is probably the most closely-watched drill at any combine, and posting a head-turning time can mean the difference between having multiple scholarship offers and fighting for preferred walk-on status. But running track won’t just help you run a faster 40 or help with recruiting. It will make you an all-around better athlete, improving your on-field football performance in three ways. 1. You’ll Read more […]

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