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
I was looking for a softball trainer for my children and remembered Chuck Bushbeck had a training facility. I got in contact with him and was able to get my children in training that weekend. My children, ages 15 and 9 have been attending Full Armor training sessions for only a few months. They both have grown so much in this short amount of time. My 15 year old was set on making her high school varsity softball team. She made it with the help of Chuck. She was 1 of 3 freshman to make the team. She also plays for our city's softball league where she made the All Star team. Her hitting has improved tremendously in this short time. My youngest too has grown in the short time training at Full Armor. She is also hitting better and learning the foundation of the sport. I am extremely pleased with the Full Armor Training Program and I would highly recommend Chuck and his Program to anyone!!
Kia Williams Social Worker
"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."
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
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 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
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