Matt Tupman Bio
Matt Tupman is a Concord native that graduated Concord High
School in 1999. Matt attended UMass Lowell which he earned
All American Honors in 2002. He led the team to back to back
College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2002.
Matt was also named to the All New England Team as a catcher
every season he attended UMass. Matt was selected in the 9th
round of the 2002 Major league Baseball Draft by the Kansas
City Royals. Matt spent 9 seasons in the Royals Organization
making his Major League Debut in September of 2008. In his
only at bat at the Major League Level Matt singled of Kevin
Gregg of the Marlins.
In 2009 Matt played in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization
before suffering a shoulder injury forcing him to miss part
of the season. In 2006 Matt played for Team USA in Havana,
Cuba to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Matt spent three seasons in the Caribbean Winter League for
Los Tigres Del Licey in the Dominican Republic. In 2008 Matt
helped lead his team to the Caribbean World Series
Championship. Matt was named the All Star Catcher of the
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June 1st, 2012.
My name is Matt Tupman and I created MT Elite in 2011
following my playing career to offer player's in the area an
opportunity to learn from my life and playing experiences.
We are going to offer Blogs every few weeks with information
that is important to remember when training and preparing
for the game of baseball. I just left the Concord High
School first round High School game and I thought it would
be a good time to offer my first blog entry.
This time of year it's important
to try and maintain some off the field training. It doesn't
take much during the year. Just taking a little time to pay
attention to three areas. I feel these areas very important
in maintaining consistent play and strength well into the
summer. First is stretching. Making sure that your
stretching all the time. Using a band or a tope to help
stretch the legs can help push beyond normal limits. Second
is weight training. When weight training in season keep in
mind we are just trying to maintain what strength you have,
especially pitchers need to stay away from anything heavy
with the shoulders. For example you should still do dumbbell
bench but, lower the weight and do more repetitions.
Thirdly, cardio. This is often overlooked. This doesn't mean
There are several ways to
condition: biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking. Essentially
anything that gets your heart rate up. It may seem like a
lot but spending a little time in each of these areas will
raise your game on and off the field.
October 2012 -
Concord Cannons Philosophy on Sport Specific Training.
We believe that
sport specific training is crucial to the betterment, and
overall wellness, of an athlete. It is utilized by
professional athletic organizations throughout the world.
These exercise programs are implemented to help increase
skill level. Through developing and refining these athletic
skills, sport specific training will help the athlete to
improve fundamental movements and gain strength overall, or
in weakened areas, thus helping to prevent injury.
First, we must look
at what types of movements are specific to the sport of
baseball/softball. This will help us understand why we need
to focus on some areas more than others. Simultaneously, we
are also assessing the movement patterns of the athlete to
determine any areas that may be weak, potentially leading to
risk of injury.
a game of short bursts of speed, like running out a ground
ball to short. Lateral movement, moving side to side; for
example, taking a secondary lead a first base. We are
constantly changing direction. Body control, being able to
go in one direction and field or catch a ball and stop
yourself, plant and throw all require the strength to be
able to control these movements flawlessly. Lastly, twisting
at the core, when we throw or hit we twist at the stomach or
core. These examples show that baseball is game of short
explosive bursts of power centering on a strong core or
midsection, followed by a brief rest period.
Looking at the game
from a perspective like this helps to understand the
philosophy behind the Cannons workout program. Bryan and I
feel it is important to educate our players on how to work
out properly and what areas are focused on in a
baseball/softball specific workout. These are techniques
that we have utilized ourselves through our careers and have
implemented with success in our training programs.
The shoulder program
we use, known as the Elite 8, was designed to help prevent
arm injuries by focusing on shoulder strength. The
philosophies and exercises used in the Cannons offseason
training guide are the same or similar to those used by
Major League teams throughout their systems. Our basic plan
is the same however we have substituted in different
exercises and weights for our younger players.
philosophy for baseball/softball specific training revolves
around a strong core, powerful legs, the Elite 8 and lastly
the rest of the upper-body. Most of the exercises we have
chosen the core gets involved, giving you a good core- body
connection. This activation of the core during exercise
helps create better balance. Body control on the field
starts with the core and the lower-half. Strong legs allow
us to get low and stay in position while the core allows us
to bend over and field the ball with our hands. And while
hitting, your legs is where your power comes from, a strong
core is going to help turn on balls.
When working the
upper-body we have to keep throwing in mind with the
exercises we choose. We will stay away from heavy jarring
chest exercises, biceps and most importantly no overhead
presses. For the upper-body the main focus is on the back
and triceps. The Elite 8 is a series of 8 different
exercises used to strengthen and prevent arm injuries, and
not to mention, it will add mph's to your throws. This is
the only area where weights will be implemented.
ibility is a
large part of our philosophy. It is very important but most
commonly overlooked. Being flexible is a simple way to
prevent injury. Certain plays in a game put our bodies in
vulnerable positions. By having loose limber muscles we are
less likely to experience pulls or strains. Stretch before,
during and after exercising. It is also a great way to
relieve tension and stress, both of which also contribute to
unnecessary strain of your body and muscles. Lack of
flexibility can have significant impact on our overall
performance by limiting the extent of our motion. Bottom
Lastly, cardio is
kept to a minimum until six weeks from the season. Sprints
are the only running that should be done. The idea behind
cardio is to lose weight, as players in the off-season we
need to put weight on for the season ahead. During our
workouts we should never rest more than 90 seconds, this
keeps the heart rate up during exercise taking the place of
long distance running until the 6 week mark.
The workout is
designed in order of importance, always starting with the
lower half and working your way up finishing with the upper
half of the body. What we have done for the younger kids,
13U and under, was create a very basic workout within the
guidelines previously outlined. The younger teams will only
use med-balls and body weight during the workout. We donít
recommend weight training until high school. One exception
is the Elite 8. A 1-5lb weight will be used along with
bands. Each athlete will be evaluated to determine which
weight size would be appropriate.
Our hopes are for
our athletes to gain core level knowledge of how to work out
like a baseball/softball player in a safe and healthy way.
Our goal is to have several things happen for you while
learning how to train properly. Not only will you get better
at baseball or softball, but your overall health will
improve. These are exercises that you can do for the rest of
your life. There are many more exercises that can be done
within the plan that has been provided. If you have any
questions, or concerns, please see Bryan or I so we can make
modifications that are specific for you.
We are here to
provide motivation and accountability. This is a good
beginning for young players, but itís like everything in
life, YOU get out of it what YOU put into it. In order to
succeed, you must excel.
Itís in your hands
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