Some observations on the start of 13U/14U spring baseball:
Keeping it mentally simple – We’ve had three bullpen sessions so far, and my son feels most uncomfortable about throwing the circle change. Mentally, the grip isn’t comfortable. He’s fine with the knuck-curve, but has no control over the change up. With about a month away before games begin, he’s looking at being a two-pitch pitcher - the 2-seamer and the slider.
Daddy coaches – 1st idiot tells my son to get rid of the short, compact swing and learn to swing longer, i.e Ryan Howard. The daddy coach wants home runs. My son gracefully tells him in a few years he’ll have the designater hitter rule and he won’t have to hit, so it doesn’t matter. 2nd idiot tells him he won’t make it in HS wth a low 3/4 deliver. Must come over the top! Then, the daddy coaches all watch the catcher falling backwards catching his fastball. He’s all smiles because he caught the ball. On the next pitch, the catcher’s smile is even bigger as he stays with the slider, catching it and again - falls backward. Didn’t feel it was necessary to reprimand the daddy coach on his stupitity. BTW, the teams regular catcher doesn’t catch my son. He’s scared. Instead, the SS (who is D1 material) does the catching for my son. Yeah, daddy coach is probably right. :roll: 3rd idiot says my son at best will be the third or fourth pitcher on the team, 'cause rest of them play travel ball and practice 4/5 times a week. Yeah, tell the catcher that. Fortunately, my son shrugs it off. He and the catcher have a good time laughing. Until another practice.