Pinkman Academy's Path to Successby Jeff Pinkman
Hitting drills, throwing drills and a series for left handed pitchers on how to correctly get the runner out at first developed over the last 20 years with the help of medicine, science, and pure love for keeping players on the field and loving the game.
All of the Pinkman Baseball Hitting Drills are designed to help players use their bodies more and their hands less. Using the body to hit the ball will aid in swinging faster, hitting the ball harder, and controlling the swing more. Yes, the "practice drills" show us swinging more upward than level or down; how else do you hit doubles over the infielders head? The purpose of these practice drills are to help players, coaches, and parents understand that you don't have to be satisfied with just hitting ground balls and low line drives. If players want to hit more extra base hits they have to learn to elevate their swing to hit the ball in to the outfield. The hitting drills on our channel are designed to help players think differently. Players make it to the next level because they are different than the general population. Players need to be versatile at the plate. Learning how to hit so you end up on 2nd or 3rd base is just as important to learning how to put the ball in play or drive it to the right side.
The throwing drills dive into the basics on the correct form and posture to save the body from wear and tear.
The Pinkman Baseball Academy, located in Sterling, Virginia, first got its start as Pinkman Pitching in 1992. John, Jeff, and Pat Pinkman were all heavily involved in Reston Youth Baseball. Jeff had just started at South Lakes High School and Pat began at Langston Hughes Middle School. After Jeff and Pat completed their little league days John received calls from little league families asking for help with their sons. We did not have the facilities we currently operate now so John purchased a portable pvc catch net and arrived in families backyards to teach private lessons.Over the next couple years John began teaching at one of the first baseball schools in Northern Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Complex, where he continued to teach pitching and Jeff first began instructing at 15 years old. During high school Jeff and Pat both played American Legion baseball and John became the pitching coach for the Reston/Herndon Post 184. After high school, Jeff received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Delaware; John and Pat started one of the first travel teams for 16-18 yr olds in Northern Virginia called the Fairfax County Eagles. Shortly after playing for the Eagles and winning the CABA High School World Series Patrick received a scholarship to play at Virginia Tech. During college Jeff earned a degree in Exercise and Sport Science, Patrick was named a TPX Freshman All-American, and John was at work teaching pitchers from 30 different high schools in Northern Virginia.From 1997 to 2000 John began to study more about the throwing motion from Tom House, Bill Thurston, and the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). John was first introduced to Tom House and Bill Thurston during the annual “Injuries in Baseball” medical conference conducted by ASMI. While attending the conferences John was exposed to the blueprint of the throwing motion, learning how to reduce injuries and keep players on the field longer through developing a proper throwing and strengthening program.In 2000 John, Jeff, Pat, and Ruth Ann opened Pinkman Pitching in Dulles, Virginia. This facility was design with the pitcher and catcher in mind. In their new home the Pinkmans developed a one of a kind 4 way video system that would capture one throw from 4 different angles at the same time. This system allowed instructors to analyze the throwing motion in detail to help pitchers maximize their potential and reduce the risk of injury.