April 2020 ENewsletter: What Happened?

Wow…

In the blink of an eye, our world has turned upside down.

In my last newsletter, I wrote about the joys of spring, the MLB season starting, and high school kids in the middle of their baseball season.

The training needed to maintain arm strength was on the minds of the many families whose daily schedules include baseball. We yearn for spring if only because baseball season offers renewed hope and brings back great memories of our childhood long ago. It’s a time that allows our minds to drift back to that period of innocence, something we get to experience every day through our own children.

Suddenly, our world has changed. Our daily lives have been interrupted by this dreadful virus, COVID-19, and its attack on our city, country, and planet. It’s nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime, with the exception of 9/11 and, for those who remember it, the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

It has been very difficult to process this interruption in our lives. Maintaining our health, keeping our distance, and washing our hands like a doctor scrubbing to go into surgery are now the things that require our attention.

From a baseball standpoint, it has changed how players train and throw. For us baseball facilitators, coaches, facility operators, and trainers, it has made us consider how to best maintain our livelihoods while still having an impact on our players.

I have created 3 different videos to help Throwzone clients maintain their arm health, even if you don’t have the specific equipment at home like the kind you’re used to using every week at Throwzone. Here are the links to those videos on YouTube:

Enjoy these videos and take a look at past training videos as well if you’re a player stuck at home.

The ability to get outside and train at home is going to be very important for players. When we do move past this shelter-in-place order and are able to resume our normal lives, the work you do now will be important for your arm health later. Though our motivation may not what it was prior to this crisis, there will that moment when games start up again, and how we bounce back to our training will make the difference between staying healthy and being set back by an injury.

The joke is that this stay-at-home order is going to produce many October, November, and December babies and is, sadly, going to see divorce rates go up. I also see the injury rate increasing tenfold once practice and games begin again because players haven’t prepared the soft tissue in their elbow and shoulder for the rigors of game.

Our hope at Throwzone is that we can stay in touch and work virtually with players in the weeks ahead, using technology to help them maintain their arm health and be prepared once we’re able to go outside and participate in sports activities again.

Also, though we’re still planning on holding our summer camp, we are waiting to get approval from the state to start back up again. Our camp is usually held in June and July, but may end up being held only in July this year for potentially 5-6 weeks instead of our usual 8 weeks. We will keep you updated on our schedule.

Please reach out to us for any of your baseball questions and needs. We are here to help with any of your concerns about training and development.

My hope for everyone is to stay safe. Wash your hands and maintain your distance from others. We need to get back to a sense of normalcy because human beings are not built for isolation. We will pull through this, and we want you to know we’re here for you when you’re ready to return to baseball and training and, more importantly, work and life.

May God bless you and shine His light upon you and your family!

Until next time…

Jim