My school competes in the Varsity “B” Conference. I’m currently the #1 starting pitcher. I’m doing a pretty specific weighted ball throwing and strength training program.
Recently, my coach has introduced the team to a “mandatory” 6 day a week throwing and conditioning routine which he is trying to force upon all 16 players on the roster (small school, I know). Basically, a lot of this stuff goes completely against my current training principles, for example he thinks long distance running and lifting light weights slow and controlled is the best way to get in shape for baseball. As far as throwing goes, he wants me to throw with the team 3 times a week, and do his specific bullpen routines twice a week…I don’t want to be a difficult player, and I don’t want to have to confront him, but the fact is, this is not what is going to prepare me for the season. All it’s going to do is cause my velocity gains to stagnate, and give him more of an opportunity to try to bang his balance point mumbo jumbo/ drills into my muscle memory.
I see few ways to approach this.
I want to avoid a direct confrontation.
I am willing to throw ONCE a week (Sunday) on his routine (the only practice he is legally allowed to have by school rules - up to 3 hours a week until the season starts).
I could as a last resort ask him if I could do my weighted ball routine in the gym with the team…problem is I need the radar gun/see through net/video camera/tripod set up and I have all of this already set up at my own place.
He’s also asking for us to do this from 6-8pm during the week
so my point of view is this:
I have two months to continue my weighted ball training uninterrupted: potential gains: 3-5 mph
attend my coach’s throwing routines and halt my current progress
How do I approach him? How can I do it respectfully?
How do I not come off as an arrogant know-it-all?
It’s complicated by the fact that he’s not even allowed to be holding these “mandatory” practices by school rules. The league also states that out of season coaches can’t hold more than 3 hours of practice per week.
I don’t agree with a lot of what he says. At the same time I have enormous respect for him and his devotion to the school program.
I am also somewhat dependent on him in my college process where he has a ton of connections to MLB players, trainers, college coaches, etc.
I know he’s just doing his best to prepare the team for a successful season. For every other player who doesn’t know any better, that’s fine. They wouldn’t be working out or throwing on their own anyway. But I’m stuck in an awkward position, and unsure how to escape.
It seems I’m forced to choose between myself and my baseball career, and my coach/team. I need help.