Full Armor is not just about skill instruction--it is a "Full player" approach.
My son started pitching when he was about 10 years old. When he was 11, his little league coaches told me that he had some potential that could be developed, and that I should invest in a pitching coach. They had me see two different instructors, neither of which really seemed to provide consistent or sound guidance. (One said, to me, "Oh, well there isn't a whole lot I need to do with him...he's naturally talented and athletic." That is NOT the feedback I was hoping--or paying--to hear....!)
As a single mom, and without a vast baseball network like some of the other baseball "dads", I literally turned to google, and stumbled upon Chuck's website. Something about his demeanor which was conveyed on the site as well as the logic of his approach stuck with me, and prompted me do conduct additional research. Convinced of Chuck's science, I set up a meeting, and as a result, started sending my son to him. The first year was a climb because we were already in mid-season, and as you know, it becomes difficult to schedule around games and team practice. But once the offseason approached, we got down to business! My son is now 15, and when I reflect back to where my son was before seeing the "Chucks", to his progress from last year to date, the growth he has demonstrated as not only a pitcher, but as a PLAYER, is amazing. My son's command of his mechanics and pitch selection have sklyrocketed. Chuck Bechtel doesn't just get in the cage and tell him how to throw--he tells him WHY he should throw what he throws. Bechtel instructs my son on all aspects of the game, and he is truly a mentor and not just an instructor.
The bonus in our experience has been that my 15 year-old's younger 13 year-old brother is a catcher, and he catches his sessions. Bechtel not only gives my pitcher guidance, but my catcher as well, telling him what he should be doing in anticipation and/or response. As a result, his game has improved greatly--in fact, I had an outside coach observing a game in which my son caught specifically tell me that my son "called one hell of a game out there!"
Full Armor Baseball has been the pivotal turning point in both of my son's development as baseball players. I drive 30-45 minutes for sessions, and it is worth every minute.
Janell M. Contract Manager
"Chuck Bushbeck delivers the highest level of pitching instruction available in the U.S. right here in Philadelphia. My 15 year old son has worked with several instructors. No one has focused on and communicated the mechanics of pitching better than Chuck. We have learned that proper mechanics are the key to performance and longevity. His combination of expertise, patience and commitment is unmatched. Chuck Bushbeck has spent considerable time talking with Jason about his mental approach to pitching, baseball, and life. There is no doubt Jason will rely on these skills and be a better person for it no matter where he winds up."
"My husband and I took our son, Kyle, to see Chuck Bushbeck approximately 3 years ago. Kyle was having pain in his pitching arm. We took him to an orthopedic surgeon, who suggested rest. After resting for 3 months, he started pitching again and the pain came back. We went back to the surgeon and Kyle was sent to Physical Therapy. Kyle did Physical Therapy for 8 weeks. Kyle started back pitching and after a month the pain was back. Kyle's pitching coach, Chuck Bechtel, suggested he see Chuck Bushbeck to check out his mechanics. My husband was amazed. Chuck saw Kyle throw three times and knew right away what his problem was. It was all mechanics. Kyle continues to see Chuck to fine-tune his mechanics in pitching...Best of all, the pain has gone away."
Lorraine Rosenberg , Classroom Assistant at Lawton School, Philadelphia School District
I have sent my sons to different training facilities in New Jersey and Buck County, but none of them matched what Chuck Bushbeck has done for my sons and me as a coach.
From what I have personally seen, you have made great strides with not only my son, but all young people you have come in contact with.
Frank Connelly President, Northeast Peanut League
Chuck Bushbeck and his staff at Full Armor Training have the knowledge and experience to take a player to the next level. Chuck's teaching of positive thinking will increase your sons and daughters motivation to work hard on and off the field, court, rink, and in the classroom. Each player will receive personalized training from professionals whom are well respected in the athletic and academic community.
Gary Shesko Baseball Recruiting Coordinator, L.A. Angels of Anaheim, Associate Scout
We first met Chuck when he was coaching our son in soccer where he taught conditioning, technical skills, and strategies of the game. Later, he was instrumental in helping our son utilize and improve his skills in baseball through Full Armor's philosophy of the technical skills and mental skills needed to go after his dream of playing Major League baseball.. Thanks to Chuck's guidance, our son, Gary Mitchell, was drafted in the 21st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
Gary and Lee Mitchell Educators