Marc Stocco of Surrey, BC, is a starting pitcher for his university team and fell in love with pitching because of all the ways that he could throw the ball. However, pitching is not simple. Baseball design makes batting against a skilled pitcher highly unpredictable. In turn, pitchers gain those skills by using baseball seams to control their throws.

Using Baseball Seams for Pitching Grip

Most young pitchers begin by learning the four-seam fastball grip. This grip offers the straightest throw and as such, all fielders learn the grip to some degree. …


Marc Stocco of Surrey, BC, has his sights set on major league baseball. A challenge for student athletes with professional aspirations is paying attention to all the ways that MLB is changing. In the 2010s, the pitching role has become the primary factor in team success.

Here are the top major developments that Stocco notes in pitching strategy since 2010.

Teams are Placing a Priority on Data Analytics

Journalists speculate that 2020 was the last season for Moneyball’s Billy Beane, the Oakland general manager that brought mathematics and statistics into the MLB mainstream. …


Marc Stocco is a student athlete and British Columbia native that is now able to resume college baseball with his peers. Canada’s amateur sports regulatory agency, viaSport, began allowing teams to play in August with restrictions. After another surge in cases, sports was suspended and allowed to resume again in November.

Who is ViaSport?

Canada contracts with viaSport, a non-profit sports organization, to oversee all amateur sports programs. ViaSport specifically serves the province of British Columbia.

Due to the threat of COVID-19, Canada commissioned viaSport to create a plan for sports participation modeled after (and in accordance with) British Columbia’s…


As a young athlete from Surrey, B.C., Marc Stocco has had to work hard to maintain peak physical condition during a baseball season with regular delays and cancellations. But according to Marc, the most difficult part of the current COVID-19 pandemic for his team has been maintaining strong mental health.

Student athletes draw significance and purpose from team camaraderie and physical goals. When routines keep shifting and these athletes become isolated, it’s more difficult to maintain positivity and determination. Here are six ways to stay mentally healthy during the pandemic.

Set a New Routine and Stick to It

When the…

Student Athlete, Baseball Player

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