Your observations serve you well. Your attention span, with respect to what’s going on around you is excellent. I’d like to put some added value to that attention span and your observations.
The title of “Pitching Coach”, is a term that’s used rather loosely in the amateur game. These people wear many, many hats. In addition, in the Independent League(s), there’s no such thing as a singular discipline coach, mostly, everybody does a little bit of everything.
So, as would be expected, a man’s attention span can be stretched a bit - no, make that a lot. The gears are always whirling upstairs, trying to put the best spin on what needs attention when and where. Sometimes, I’ve been so wrapped up with something that had nothing to do with the moment, that I’ve had to regroup in a hurry and refocus on what’s what.
Just because someone has a title as a Pitching Coach, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s their main focus - it’s not. A coach on a ball club has to be a jack-of-all-trades. Heck, I’ve done purchasing and receiving, a little bit of grounds keeping, equipment inventories, first aid & CPR certification, third base coach (stunk at that), catching coach, part time security after home games, and assisting the club secretary with administration for away games - like accommodations and meal planning. I even got my Commercial Driver’s license with a passenger’s endorsement just in case our driver(s) decided not to make it. Oh, and let’s not forget laundry machines that breakdown … knowing how to turn a wrench comes in real handy.
Then there’s tryouts and invitations where players are subjected to opinions and selection. If I was one of the coaches that put his stamp on a man, sometimes that would be a distraction for me seeing that he lived up to it. It happens.
In any event, if your doing your thing in the pen and a coach waltzes away to do something else - count your blessings. Evidently, he didn’t see anything worth making life miserable for you, which by the way, you’ll feel later on, when a coach does steps in. Sometimes coaches just don’t know when to shut-up. I’ve been told that from time to time.
You’ll do just fine.