My Mission Statement

My name is Mark Shive and I was born and raised in York County Pa.  I began pitching at a young age and was the kid growing up who threw very hard and had a reputation.  The issue was my mechanics were never worked on by those who knew what they were doing including my college years. Due to this, by my late teens and early 20s my arm had been severely damaged - tendonitis, torn rotator cuff, endless pain and ultimately invasive surgery. I have studied the kinetic chain and Bio-Mechanics of pitchers for over 20 years. I'm currently a certified Bio-Mechanics Specialist and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach.  I have the pleasure of being one of the few Top Velocity Performance Centers in the country.  It is my mission to help those who want to master their kinetic chain to have a long term successful career on the mound by identifying where the areas are that will put more stress onto the arm. Make no mistake, pitching causes damage but you can severely limit it and learn how to recover properly to have a very long career. 

***At Top Velocity we work with ALL position players and hitters from Baseball and Softball

Top Velocity's Focus Areas

1. Science Driven

2. Bio-Mechanics 

3. Mobility Training

4. Plyometric Training

5. Strength and Conditioning 

6. USA Weightlifting

7. Mechanics Drills

8. Nutrition 


My Career

  • Played High School ball at Spring Grove in York County Pa. 
  • Went on to play College ball at Bloomsburg University as a starter (D2)
  • Was the head varsity pitching coach at Colonial Forge H.S in Stafford Va.
  • Began scouting / bird dogging for the Anaheim Angels under mentorship of Hall of Fame Scout Tom Burns; now with the Blue Jays 
  • I'm a certified Bio-Mechanics Specialist and have studied thousands of hours of film 
  • I'm a Certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach 
  • Have worked with youth from 6-18+ years of age for over 25 years    
  • I'm currently running a baseball academy in the Top Velocity Performance Center within my company Kinetic Training   
  • Mentored by Brent Pourciau founder of Top Velocity in Louisiana and his Associate Dr. Pat McNeil