Dear fellow softball fans, With the start of the holiday season upon us, I have decided to cut back on the number of posts for the next few months. This decision will not affect my private pitching lessons. So you know what’s coming up next year:
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.
Pitching, like hitting, is an individual thing; typically the more (time) a player puts into practice the better she will become. But practicing for the sake of practice is not the idea. Going out, and giving one’s best effort (with the goal of improving and stretching oneself) is the purpose of practice. I often hear parents say, [...]
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.
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 [...]