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4 Ways to spot a BAD baseball coach

 

Have you ever seen a BAD baseball coach?

Not a pretty site!

If they have been going unnoticed in your league, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered!

It’s true. Some baseball coaches have no business being on the field. Some are in it for the wrong reasons. Some have a vast knowledge of the game but still are absolutely clueless when it comes to communicating the value of teamwork, courage, and humility.

Here are 4 ways to spot a bad baseball coach.

Poor social skills

One thing you may notice when meeting a BAD coach for the first time is they are unable to demonstrate a certain level of humility, whether its taking of their sunglasses when meeting you for the first time( which isn’t exactly a red flag) or asking open ended questions to better understand who they are dealing with to better position themselves as a source of contribution to the player’s development. A BAD  baseball coach isn’t very approachable.

Is fair-weathered

You’ve probably seen it before. The coach that is smiling ear to ear after a win and is essentially the complete opposite after a loss.

A fair-weathered coach doesn’t understand the concept of losing and the value it holds enough to learn anything from it. So they pout, shout and express to their players that they are the reason for the teams struggles.

Plays the political game

A BAD coach cares what others think of them. So they comply to the desires of the “Political Parent” and “Political Peers”.

They play “favorites” because they believe thats what will get them to where they want to be, whether it’s a better reputation, coaching at a higher level, or better/more resources.

Doesn’t stay for the full practice

If you ever see a coach who has the audacity to leave during a practice for any non-emergency, chances are, the coach has already taken this game for granted and there is very little else you can do.

The GOOD coach

The truth is, GOOD coaches are few and far in between. They love the process of developing players, sharing the wisdom and baseball experiences that have cultivated, and are completly independent of the good and bad opinions of others.

They play to win, and except losing with the desire to extract a lesson to apply later in the future. If you ever have the privilege of being around a coach like that, don’t forget to let them know how much they are appreciated.

What have been some of your experiences with bad coaches? What kind of coach do you have now?

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7 ways to become a better baseball player

How does a player get better? How does a player extract the most talent out of their abilities before it’s too late. I have played this game for a long time and experienced the ups and downs of an athlete.

Here are 7 ways I got the most out of my talent.


1. Have aspiration-
The only way you will be able to overcome the hardships that baseball will give you is to surround yourself with aspriations. Dream of becoming a big-leaguer. Desire to become the “home-town hero”. Make baseball a way for a better life. This is how you use baseball to make life more exciting.

2. Have a vision- The best way to make your aspiration a reality is to be clear with what you want in baseball, make it as clear as a movie in your mind’s eye and stick to it until you experience it. Your thoughts become your future reality.

3. Enjoy the process- Don’t let the ups and downs of baseball ruin your ability to enjoy the game. Baseball is a priveledge. Have fun and the rest will take care of it’s self. Slumps bad coaches, injuries and all!

4. Thank your parents- You will never know how much your parents truly care for you even if they have trouble showing it. Don’t forget to show your appreciation from time to time!

5. Play harder- There has never been a player that has layed on their death bed and said,” geez, i wish I would have played baseball with a little less effort!”. Play each game as though it’s your last!

6. Play smarter- This game is always about the most talented or strongest. It’s also about who can make the adjustments. Guess what? 99.999 of those adjustments are purely mental.

7. Take care of your arm- Listen to your arm. If it hurts don’t throw. If you have to throw, get your rest and eat right.

Good Luck!!!!!!

 

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Q&A Episode 1-Know thy self-Work Hard,work smart!

This week’s baseball question comes from Rick! He has a quick question about the best way to deal with slumps, pressure, and the process of playing in front of scouts and recruiters all while trying to enjoy the game to get the most out of his abilities!

Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you, your son, or players have done to deal with failire and pressure during the baseball season.

Also, what are you doing to better access your strengths and weaknesses?

Bonus Alert: First right answer wins a prize!!!!

Who was the hitter in the beginning of this episode?

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Hitting advanced pitching

Making the adjustment to better pitching is a big deal.

Whether its an adjustment made during an at-bat, game, or new level of competition.

Seeing higher velocities, better movement, surperior pitch location, and un-godly secondary pitches is something that you will have to expect will serve as a huge challenge for you.

Luckily, it will be difficult for the players you are competing against for a starting position as well.

If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m a huge advocate of simplifying hitting.

So here are 4 things that you can implement in your approach that will, without a doubt, make you a better hitter if you apply them correctly.

Be ready to hit the fastball

Being ready to hit the fast-ball comes down to a couple of things.
  1. Understanding the situation. Do you know what the situation calls for? is it a fast-ball count. Are there guys on base?
  2. Getting started on time. Meaning that you have begun your pre-swing movements at the correct time during the pitcher’s wind-up. The harder he throws, the sooner you have to start. You can measure this by timing the pitcher in “the hole”, or  while “on deck”. I call this “calibrating the pitcher”

Learn to drive the ball the other way

You will eventualy face a pitcher who is just dominating. The pitcher may be making you and everyone else in your line-up look like you’ve never picked up a bat in your life.
In this case, driving the ball the other way is an effective approach becuase it will allow you to see the ball longer, hit better with two strikes, and become more effective deeper in the count, thus causing the pitcher to throw more pitches. Words can’t express how valuable this is!

Be selectively aggressive

Learn to key-hole a pitch. All a good pitcher want’s to do is make you hit “his” pitch. Majority of the time, “his pitch” is a pitch out of the strike-zone.
Being selectivly aggresssive means having a clear idea of watch pitch you wan’t to hit in a specific location, and ignoring the rest.
If he throws you that pitch, you will be ready. You will not miss it. You get good at being selectivly aggressive by practicing. You train to hit a specfic pitch over and over again so that when you get it, you dont miss it!
This is why “Tee work” is so important!!!

Enjoy the process

I have said it time and time again. You will have your struggles. You will have your frustrations. If you can get to the point as a hitter where you are so focused on what you need to do to make an adjustment to do better, that you don’t have the time or energy to get mad or discouraged, you will become a great hitter.
I promise!
Forget about your batting average. Forget about results. Focus on ONLY things yo can control like your preperation, effort, and one specific mechanical habit such as “staying inside the ball” or, “breathing”.
You can always control this.
Get to work!