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
"In the relatively short amount of time that Chuck Bushbeck has been training two of my sons, they have been able to increase their velocity on the pitching mound by at least 10 mph and have demonstrated a poise and command that is beyond their years. Both sons are now pitching and hitting better than ever and have drawn the attention of many a coach on the baseball diamond. My one son has now been getting calls to play on various tournament teams in Bucks County thanks to the pitching and hitting skills that he has developed as a result of training with Chuck. My youngest son is now interested in pitching and there is no other trainer that I would consider other than Chuck. I highly recommend Chuck Bushbeck to any ball player who wants to bring his or her game to the next level!"
Dr. Mark J. Igoe , St. Mary Medical Center
"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
Shane's confidence in himself during all sporting events, as well as his excellent grades in St. Matthew School can, in part, be attributed to Chuck Bushbeck.
Mark Mc Cafferty
Thank you Chuck Bushbeck and the Full Armor staff for helping my son Alec develop into the pitcher and hitter he has become. The training has taught him discipline and humility. The success he has had on the baseball field has boosted his self confidence in all areas. I will continue to recommend your training to others.
What Chuck does for the community along with baseball players all around the Philadelphia area, is show and demonstrate, a compassion for the sport and love of the community we live in today.
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