Baseball Hitting Coaches: Define Your Audience – Coaching Tips for Inexperienced Players

Baseball Hitting Coaches need to Know Different Coaching Methods Ultimately, hitting mechanics are hitting mechanics, and they do not change for any level, but coaching different levels of players does change. Many baseball hitting coaches adorn the internet with their knowledge. They have a very good understanding of hitting mechanics, even though they may use differing terminology to describe the same things. The problem is that coaching various levels of baseball requires many different approaches. Youth baseball hitting coaches, me included, must do a better job of identifying our audience, as a “one- coaching-method-works-for-all” … [Read more...]

Little League Elbow with Catchers – Solutions

Little League Elbow with Catchers is more Common than with Pitchers - Who Knew? The following suggested solutions for little league elbow complaints for the catching position may be what is necessary. I read the article at the American Journal of Sports Medicine, which someone circulated on a linked in-group discussion. I figured the article was breaking news, about “little league elbow” (elbow injury where small separation of the growth plate occurs) being more common in little league catchers, than other players, even more than pitchers. The article is at … [Read more...]

Message to MLB – Be Bold, Change Now, Before It’s Too Late

 Major League Baseball -  Don’t Wait too Long I believe baseball is the greatest game ever invented, but I also believe it is time for MLB to change some things, before it is too late. It doesn’t take studies and all to know that kids are simply not watching baseball on TV the way they use to. I work with youth baseball players all the time and often ask them, you see that game last night? Only to hear, “no,” constantly, and it is to the point that I am astonished when a young ballplayer says he watched a ball game on TV. Additionally, to think of kids listening to games on the radio, as was once done, is completely unheard of, now. I … [Read more...]

Thank You Mike Schmidt – But, Will Anybody Listen

Mike Schmidt: Will they Listen to a Hall of Famer My new “go to“ line with my hitting students is “Try it, you may end up with a homerun.” Thank You, Mike Schmidt Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt just came out with an article on postseason hitting and the state of hitting in general. Mike Schmidt knows hitting and I feel it validates much of what I teach, but will anything change. Here is a portion of what Mike writes: Swinging for the fences is futile. In general, that's the state of hitting today. Hitters aren't accountable, they don't value contact, don't have a "go-to" swing in the arsenal for contact at-bats. What is a "go-to" swing? … [Read more...]