I understand the feeling. Even progress if slow, is difficult to take, especially if you know what’s possible.
“ALL” is a pretty inclusive word. “Many of” or “most of” would likely be more accurate, but I get the idea. You see a lot of the areas best 17-18YO players. But the trouble is, while it would help to have your players V players playing summer ball, I suggest that it would benefit the program a lot more and possibly faster, to encourage the incoming 8th graders, Fr and Sophs to do that.
If your school is listed as Lafayette Educational Complex in the Brooklyn A West league, I can see why you feel inadequate from a team perspective. It certainly looks as though they’re thrown you in with the big boys, if statistics have any meaning at all. I see where you were doing quite well in 2009, coming in 2nd in the “B” South. And its certainly understandable that going from being super competitive in a league and winning 11 league games in 2009, to only winning 7 league games in 2 years is making you look for ways to increase the speed of improvement.
But really, I don’t know that the answer is having the current boys play summer ball. I have no doubts that it would help them, but you’ve got to keep in mind that while they’re getting better, so are all the other boys who are doing it. Now you’re kids may have a lot more to learn and so might benefit from it more, but they’ll never catch up by simply playing more.
Somehow you’ve got to find a way to get them more individual instruction than the other players. That way the boys can advance more at their own speed, and the good ones will really reap huge benefits. Also, I still maintain that the pool you’re drawing players from has to give you better players, so I’d work hard to make that happen so there’s less “catch up” to be played.
I don’t know if you’ve considered this, but if not its worth thinking about. Contact those ex-players and see if they’ll come and talk to the current players. I don’t know about the others, but I’ve talked with Sandy Koufax, and he can be very inspirational! Our HS coach was Dustin Pedroia’s HS coach, and he’s talked to the boys on more than 1 occasion. Its really quite a moral boosting thing.
In any case, I wish you the best of luck!
Hey, you never did answer about the wood bats or pitch counts. If you’re using either one or both, would you care to comment on them?[/quote]
hm. another misunderstanding. I didn’t mean that every player on every A team is playing summer ball, but EVERY LEGITIMATE A TEAM, has the majority of their players playing summer ball. My “every” was in reference to the teams not the players themselves.
Yes we use wood bats and have a pitch count system that can probably be found on PSAL.org, but the jist of it is that if you throw a certain amount of pitches you cant pitch for a certain amount of days, and 105 pitches is the absolute cap which puts you out for 4 days.
I dont think that if my guys play summer ball, we win the city championship lol, it is just one of the many things that need to happen if this program is to go in the right direction.
Alumni have been contacted to no avail.
I do agree that individual attention will move the boys along, and they all have my number and were told to call me throughout the summer.
As far as getting the better players from the area, the school itself is not that great. Its actually called Lafayette Educational Complex because there are 5 schools within the building, each with different principals and educational goals. The majority of the schools have major disciplinary problems and low educational achievement levels, BUT there is one school that is extremely successful which is a 6-12 school called Kingsboro Early College Secondary School in which the students earn a free associates degree by the time they graduate HS. Our only good school.
I’m not looking for a quick fix, just the steps that are necessary for the fix.