FAST BASEBALL SYMPOSIUM
October 22-25, 2020
Inspiring Presentations, Workshops and Discussions
Jason Hirsh attended California Lutheran University, a division III university in Thousand Oaks, CA. It was there that he set records for career wins (27) and strikeouts in a game (18). In 2003 he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Houston Astros, becoming the 4th highest draft pick ever selected from a division III college. In 2005, Jason was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year while pitching for the Corpus Christi Hooks. He followed that up in 2006 by winning the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first player ever to win both awards in back to back seasons. Also in 2006 Jason was selected to the be the starting pitcher for team USA in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. Jason finally made his MLB debut in August of 2006 against the San Diego Padres. He was traded in 2007 to the Colorado Rockies where he became a starter on the team that went to the World Series. Jason was traded again in July 2009 to the New York Yankees where he pitched for AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre until 2010.
Jason finally decided to call it a career in 2013 as he found a new love and passion in his life… instructing and coaching youth baseball players. He is dedicated to helping players of all ages develop healthy arm habits and routines that will last them all way through their major league careers.
Lead Instructor – FAST Baseball
AJ Peterson was born and raised in Tampa, Florida where he attended and graduated from Tampa Catholic High School in 2012. As a Crusader, he lettered three years and accepted a scholarship to play at Concordia University, Nebraska. Through his four years as a Bulldog, AJ pitched and played the infield. AJ graduated with a B.A. in Fitness Studies and a Minor in Coaching.
Each summer throughout college AJ found himself in the MHCBL playing two seasons with Colorado Cyclones, and one season each with the Denver Titans and Brighton Generals. AJ was a 3 time All-Star.
Following graduation AJ spent two seasons in Pro Ball starting out as a submarine pitcher and eventually became a player/manager for the Hollywood Stars and Ruidoso Osos. In 2017 AJ lead the league in appearances and was 2nd on his team in strikeouts.
AJ’s playing career came to an end when he accepted the Head Coach position at Denver East High School. AJ has been an employee at FAST Baseball Development since August of 2016. He started off as a Throwing Trainer where he founded Knuckle Drag Nation and since FAST’s expansion AJ has taken a bigger focus on FAST Hitting. AJ is well versed in K-Vest, HitTrax and Blast Motion technologies and strives to make players move as dynamic as possible.
Jimmy Pritchard USAW CSCS XPS
Director of Strength and Conditioning Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance
Coach Pritchard is uniquely positioned to speak on this topic based on his experience working with present Olympic, X-Games, NCAA Division 1 Prospect and World Championship athletes that are under the age of 18yrs old. Given that there is limited literature and discussion regarding training of this age category, Jimmy will be discussing his experience with LTAD (long-term athlete development models) and the ramification and effects of elite sport on youth athletes and the appropriate programming for these groups.
Stefan Underwood CSCS RSCC
Director of Continuous Improvement (Internal Education) EXOS
Application of a Movement Mindset – Practical for Position, Pattern and Power
In this hands-on session, Stefan will expand upon the topic of training within a movement mindset and demonstrate how context is key and once you know whether dysfunction in movement is a position fault, pattern fault, or power fault, you can program with purpose. We will look at a sample athletic movement and connect the dots all the way from mobility to motor control progressions through power.
Steel Mace Training for Pre-Hab/Practical
The steel mace is a an unconventional training tool which operates within the principles of off-set load. While not a tool for maximal strength, it is a natural RNT-based tool that EXOS has found success with in implementing into pillar preparation (pre-hab), complimentary exercises, and auxiliary components of training. In this hands-on clinic we will talk about what the steel mace is (and isn’t) inside the EXOS training system.
Introduction to the TEC model through the lens of Lower Body Pushing
To coach is to influence upgrade; upgrade in movement competency, upgrade in intent of execution, and ultimately execution of the training program. While the “art of coaching” often focuses on the interaction between coach and athlete, there is a second half of the art of coaching, which is internal facing. It is the systems in place to help the coach be prepared for the session ahead. The TEC model looks at technical requirements for movement, common compensations that may occur, and then corrective strategies to influence movement. Having a strategy going into a session will aid in the execution of the session. This hands-on session will look at the TEC model as it applies to coaching lower body pushing.
Scott Long MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Team
Scott Long is a certified athletic trainer and is licensed in the state of Colorado. Originally from Redlands, CA, Scott attended Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA), earned his BS in Athletic Training at Fresno State (Fresno, CA), and earned his MS in Exercise Physiology at the University of Akron (Akron, OH). While at the University of Akron he served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for the women’s softball team. He served as the medical director at Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA working with action sport, gymnastic, and cheer athletes ranging from youth to professional level. Scott worked at Thornton High School in Thornton, CO as the head athletic trainer under the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Currently, he is the athletic trainer for the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team and Sports Recovery Supervisor for Fast Performance.