IT WILL BE THE DEATH OF YOU
I have so many coaches that come to me and ask how I started up my baseball program here in Charlotte. Even on IG, I get a lot of inquiries about starting up baseball facilities, teams, and programs.
To keep it short and sweet...you better make sure you’re ready for what you’re asking. I can’t really speak on coaching in the 90s because I was too busy playing but coaching in the 2000s is a totally different game.
A lot of today’s players are enamored by the flash, the fame, the cool 😎. Sadly, the judgement of the parents are so clouded, they mistake the tiny bit of work players put in for commitment but it’s only still interest. The beauty of parental bias.
My best quality as a coach has always also been my worst. I’m so optimistic for all my players that I think they ALLLLL can make it. Fact is...they can’t all make it. More facts...95+% of them don’t and will not put in the level of work needed for their talent level to continue to the next level.
So once again...you committed or just interested? 🤔
Well let me first start by saying that I'm not actually talking about posture during the swing. I'm talking about posture when you evaluate an athlete.
The reason why you can't teach one swing to multiple players is simple, everyone is built different. You may be asking a hitter to do something that he or she physically can't do.
Lumbar lordosis is when your back caves in and puts stress on your backside. This is an imbalance in the pelvis, which will cause your pelvis to tilt forward, causing you to lose power. A weak core can be the cause of this. Long story short you need to have some understanding of how the body works as a coach. Just guessing doesn't cut it anymore. PLAYERS, can’t preach this enough. Find someone who is built like you and mimic their movements.
When I hear coaches and parents use words like "let it travel" or "let it get deep", I cringe. Not because it isn't true. It is. But how many of these guys know how to teach it? Or are able to effectively relay this information to the players. It has become a fancy vocabulary word that makes coaches look good. We need to do better as hitting instructors and teachers of young ballplayers. The game is passing our boys bye if we can't relay the right information better. This is a textbook Elite swing. All of the greatest hitters were able to answer every swing truth we know in their own personal swing. Can you say the same? If you can't, start learning how to. It's that important.
The goal is to keep your back heel in the ground as long as you can. As soon as the heel comes up, the body will begin to drift forward; causing you to lose power and consistency. Look how this pitcher’s back heel stays in the ground as he drives the back hip into front footstrike. He isn’t using VeloPRO here, but this is exactly motor patterning is designed to help teach. Does your throwing arm drag? Do you have inconsistent pitch quality? You need to let VeloPRO re-train your body to be powerful and athletic! Get your’s today! www.veloprobaseball.com @bigislandbaseballl_pitching
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COACHES...let’s do a better job of focusing on winnable battles and teaching points. Naturally met positions in the swing really don’t have to be over-taught.
PLAYERS...don’t try to exaggerate natural movements because you’re killing your swings.
Perfect example is this right here. The shoulders are naturally on different levels in the swing. It’ll match the plane of the bat...that’s NATURAL. I’m beginning to see a lot more bats become more perpendicular to the ground because you guys are trying to work on this action. You’re killing your chances of putting bat on ball.
Continue to stay direct and let natural things happen throughout the swing 🙏🏾