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
We were fortunate to have met Chuck through an acquaintance and have been sending Justus for training with him ever since, which is now close to 2 years. Chuck has shown my son the mechanics to be a very good pitcher and has given him the confidence to deliver on the mound. Chuck is great at helping you "get in the zone" not only physically but mentally. His program is one of a kind and he is a great motivator. Justus has shown enormous improvement and now plays continuously at the "top of his game" against very high level competition. Thank you Chuck!
Anita Nesfeder , (Assistant Property Manager, Brandywine Realty Trust)
I have watched Chuck Bushbeck and his academy staff work with my son for several years. I have been impressed by their knowledge of the game, their strategies and techniques of teaching, their creativity and their positive effect on my son. They work long hours teaching the kids. Chuck Bushbeck and his guys bleed baseball. More importantly, they are committed to helping their students grow mentally and emotionally both as a baseball player, and as a person.
Alan Cotler , Reed Smith LLP
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.
Chuck, my son Joey had an an outstanding high school season on the mound this year, and it wasn't all about his numbers. More about his mental status connected to his pitching mechanics. All your techniques, the mass x speed for velocity, the bullpens, the upper torque focus, the mental pounding seem to all "gel" together. Most important of all was the life he would still have in the arm after pitching. I can't thank you enough for all your hard work with Joey.
Joe Ferretti Parent of HS pitcher
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
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