I’m going to be a second-year baseball coach in the spring and many of our kids, including my 8-year-old son, will be pitching for the first time. I’ve looked many different resources, talked to friends, and have gotten myself into a mess of confusion.
My question is to those who have coached beginners at the 8-10 yo level. Is there a book/DVD/ebook/website or other resource that you have found to be very successful in developing pitchers?
I started with “The Ripken Way” DVD because I’m certified through them, and the DVD is just OK. I also have “Coaching Pitchers” by Joe McFarland, which speaks to older pitchers, but says some good stuff about not worrying too much about arm slots.
My issue is that there are so many books out there, few of which seem to truly tailor to young new pitchers. The latest recommendation I have is to get “Pitch Like a Pro” by Leo Mazzone, but I’m also considering Chris McCoy’s ebook here on this site (no offense, but this is quite expensive for a lead author who doesn’t have the same experience or credentials as those other authors whose PRINTED books are $5-$20 on the new and used market). Then we get into the Tom House, Chris O’Leary, Mike Marshall, and controversial stuff like Dick Mills, etc… and it’s just too much for me.
I’m a successful coach for youths because I teach well (I went 15-1 last year). However, in order to teach well, I must understand the topic fully and feel confident in the techniques, and how to adapt to kids’ different styles (armslots, timing, etc) and I get obsessed and insist on knowing the correct/best techniques while adjusting to kids natural forms.
Anybody have experience with the many books/videos/dvds/websites out there and what best to do with 8, 9, and 10 year olds who are new or mildly experienced? Many of the resources seem to speak to 12yo and higher. I’m looking at the very basics and fundamentals, explained clearly, graphically, and the “why it works” stuff is a bonus. I’d rather have an 0-15 season but develop a great foundation for these kids than have a 16-0 season and screw kids up for the future.
Help, please! I’m just overwhelmed. PS: If there are complete resources that include best batting techniques as well as other defense/offense, that’s an absolute bonus.
Thanks in advance,