What all parents have to realize is that a high percentage of cats who provide private lessons are in it for the coin. There are not personal and 100% honest relationships built and the bottom line is along this thread, that the coin is at the lower levels; simply there are more kids playing little league then HS.
The problem with instruction outside of fun time camps for little kids is it gives mommy and daddy an opportunity to have their own time. So they shuffle Johnnie off to a private lesson and the guy giving it is happy to the make the money. The sad part is many, many private instructors simply want the money; they meat market the approach.
Camps are for kids 8 and under in my opinion or better yet they should be playing ball with one of their parents enjoying fun time. Now that is not to say that a couple half hour basic lessons would not be a good idea FOR THE PARENT in order to teach some real basic fundamentals to move forward with for a few years…Personally I don’t even offer to give lessons to kids under the age of 9 unless the parents really understand the approach I am going to take which simply is I will not let them send their kid to me too many times. Additionally the parent has to be involved by attending the lessons becuase Timmy is not going to remember any thing any way.
Take for instance my five year old son…the only thing I teach him right now is to HAVE FUN and “show me the glove,” THAT IS ABSOLUTELY IT.
Yet I have parents of 5 and six year olds after a little guy camp approach me about giving their kids lessons throughout the course of the year; I respectfully decline.
The bottom line is, what is a kid under the age of 10 going to retain any way…if the parents are not directly involved all these lessons turn out to be is some guy collecting coin, managing a glorified day care lesson and selling the folks to bring the player back in sooner rather then later.
What irritates me are two things when it comes to the private lesson industry…1) Instructors taking advantage of people in not being honest but rather trying to sell them a product…their product and 2) parents not getting it.
Sad thing is no matter what we will never be able to get rid of these two facts regardless of how hard we try.
Lastly I cannot count how many times over the years I have told parents that I am seeing their kid too often for private instruction…I loose business but I could care less about that.