Thanks Coach and could not agree more. Sometimes I forget that my son is only 11 and just wants to have fun playing the game of baseball. What he does understand, is that sometimes to have fun you have to put in a little work which is why I enjoy working with him so much…he really wants to get better.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
[quote=“Coach Baker”]When you find a coach that’s a practitioner of this/these highly technical
aspects of coaching movement and the sport, please take into account
your son’s age and his demeanor for participation. Many youngsters are
simply not equipped with the mental what-for-ever to knowingly understand
and compliment the technical aspects of your request.
So, although while in the company of a coach, his movement and progress
may be very encouraging, but, in real time his actual performances may be less so.
When a youngster is under pressure and is expected to perform, all too often he/she
usually reverts to what comes natural – regardless if that natural is right or wrong.
It’s the mind’s response to pressure and anxiety.
Your requests and objectives are not without merit. In fact,
I applaud you for your concern. Just be mindful of the boy’s
reception and interpretation of what he’s being taught.
Also keep in mind his physical tolerance. A pitching coach should be very
attentive to this aspect while coaching the very young (18U).
Watch for things that are not specifically pitching oriented – like the boy’s mood swings,
lack of interest on any given day, and the boy’s susceptibility to heat, humidity,
cold and other environmental influences. And last but not least – if you’re having a
bad day dad, try not to let that influence your observations and inturpretations of how well
your son is or is not doing.
Best wishes with your baseball experiences and this quality time with your boy.