Master Baseball Instructor
(The 'Ultimate' in Overall Instruction; Overhand Pitching/Throwing Specialist, including Re-Hab & Pre-Hab )
Craig Pippin is a St. Petersburg Florida native, with over 35 years of college and professional baseball experience, including four years as a pitchers/infielder at the University of Florida and a lengthy professional career with the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.
Four additional years of winter baseball in Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, in addition to founding several national youth baseball instructional programs giving Craig a strong foundation of knowledge. Since 1992 Craig has advised several sports technology firms in the development of programs that apply data to improve performance and prevent injuries and in 1999 he began working closely with the American Sports Medicine Institute. Craig has continued his quest to teach the importance of over-hand throwing & pitching efficiency to players at all levels. Craig's decades of experience and research of motion efficiency and data driven injury programming has gained him world wide recognition. Caig is now an important asset for Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists reguarding Re-Hab & Pre-Hab protocols for athletes. Years of studying movement on video and instructing thousands of bullpens with players from the age of 8 to major league pitchers is what gives Craig a unique, unmatched teaching perspective. Craig is particularly proud of his involvement in the placement of over 250 pitchers into professional baseball and college as student athletes.
TESTED & PROVEN: For the past 21 years Craig has collected various baseball centric strength & flexibility measurements in order to establish safe motion principles relative to overhand throwing. Testing from tens of thousands of baseball players & multi-sport athletes has resulted in the accumulation of over 500,000 units of data. Providing a valuable foundation in the research of efficient overhand motion. Using these baselines we can now identify specific tendencies for each cometative level. Removing the guess work we are now able to train and develop athletes within an individualized program.
"The PipSystems Fitness Evaulation (PFE) has been designed to identify baseball specific strengths and weaknesses to reduce the risk of injury while optimizing each player's opportunity to perform at a higher level. Through the years I have seen inefficient 12U throwing motions result in "little league elbow" and when not addressed develop into teenage UCL surgery. It saddens me to see a player competing in pain or wearing an elbow brace when simple formative-years awareness and attention to detail relative to an efficient motion could have avoided a serious over-hand throwing arm injury"
It is time to spply physics & simple data driven principles of efficiency to reduce the risk of injuries for overhand motion athletes and increase their enjoyment thru a higher level of velocity & command effortlessly.
During his collegiate caraeer he played summer baseball in Alaska winning a championship with the Matsu Miners. His next summer stops included the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in NY and the Vienna River Dogs of the Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League becomming the league's all-star 1st baseman. Graduating from the University of Tampa with honors and a double major in marine science and biology. Quinn continued his professional baseball career competing as a 1st & 3rd baseman in four different countries-the United States, Cuba, Australia and Italy. Quinn hit a combined .360 average during his 2 professional seasons in Italy and Australia, hitting 17 homeruns and 75 RBI. In 2015 Quinn began his training to become a professional pitcher and in the spring of 2016 he pitched with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. Quinn signed a contract with the San Rafael Pacifics in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in California. finishing the 2017 season posting a 4.58 era follwed by an additional season in 2018. Having pitched over 50 professional innings and logging over 250 professional AB's Quinn has extensive knowledge of the game from both the batter's box and from the mound. We are pleased to have Quinn as a valuable member of our fall and winter staff. We recognize his personal commitment to excellence & the positive impact he has on the players he trains.
He went on to play college baseball at Frederick CC as a 2 way playeer. His baseball season ended with an elbow injury at which time James joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He competed on the U.S.M.C. Football Team at Camp Pendleton, CA before being deployed to Afganistan and serving in the artillery division until May 2012 where he completed his service as a Corporal (E4). We are very proud to have James on our baseball staff both as a veteran and an overall baseball instructor having amassed over 5200 hitting, pitching, camps, clinics and strengthening workouts. James is committed to individual excellence while teaching players the importance of athleticism to increase performance. We appreciate his service to our country and his commitment to give back to the community where he grew up.
Warhawks weekday batting practice pitcher while continuing his role as starting varsity catcher. In the summer of 2017 he played for Vienna Post 180 where he had a team leading .463 batting average. Graduating from Madison Matty attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland catching for the Blazers in the fall of 2017.
Pitchers Edge welcomes Matty's passion for the game of baseball while recognizing his lover for The Boston Red Sox. Matty has caught professional, collegiate and pro level pitchers extensively with Craig Pippin. Taking his skills to the next level, he has worked with Craig Pippin on mastering his ability to deliver results for Pitchers and All Position Players. Matty works effectively with players of all positions including Pitching, Hitting, Fielding & Catching. His patient teaching method coupled with his knowledge & love of the game have helped him develop a loyal following of families who benefit from his quality instruction. Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your skills under the guidance of Matty and his commitment to make a positive difference