In this week’s “5 Minutes with Coach Q” episode… part one of a two-part discussion focused on the challenges of transitioning from junior high to high school athletics for players
As a private-pitching coach, I work in a competitive area of southern California that has several pitching coaches to choose from. While it’s not uncommon to get a pitcher that has been to several other instructors throughout the years one thing stands out to me.
As previously stated, when you coach kids you coach their parents. Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for a couple of reasons. But I want to focus on how parents can be good assistant-coaches. In my opinion, being an assistant-coach means that the parent (or [...]
When you coach a kid you coach her parent. Period. Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for that reason. I find it can be a huge advantage for myself, and the athlete in the long-run though. First, here are two of the reasons why I think [...]
It’s that time of year, again! School is back in session, and the fall softball season will soon be in full swing. In an attempt to make the transition more budget-friendly for families, WestCoastFastpitch.com is hosting a “back-to-school” giveaway.
Two weeks ago today, Jennie Finch announced her retirement from the sport of softball as a player. Her decision affected not only her family, but the lives of fans as well. Change happened. As I reflect it was not that long ago that I sat in the stands cheering on my sons, and daughter in [...]
During some recent private pitching lessons I noticed an unusually high level of frustration among some of the students. First, let me say that I think frustration is misunderstood. It’s true it is uncomfortable, and people usually avoid it if possible. I try to push student-athletes to the edge of frustration though, and when they appear to [...]
Talented student-athletes leave the sport of softball every year. But why? My observation is the enjoyment of the game is being replaced by the pressure to be the absolute best at a younger, and younger age. The intent of playing youth sports was never to obtain a scholarship later in life. The purpose of youth [...]