Ever watched a player melt down in front of your eyes, walking eight batters in a row, or making three consecutive errors in the field? Of course you have! More and more in today’s high-pressure, win-at-all-costs climate of amateur baseball, kids are being put in a position to fail, are not being taught how to handle high-pressure situations, or simply don’t play on their own enough to know how to adapt when the game changes around them. In this article, you’ll learn the mechanics of a mental meltdown and what to look for as a coach or parent. And, we’ll discuss how these can be prevented.
Amateur pitchers typically throw very poor-quality curveballs. In this article, learn why the curveball should be thrown as hard as possible, and why focal points are critical is learning how to locate a curveball.
Relief pitchers have a difficult job, and it can be tough to get them warmed up properly to enter a game. Clear communication is key so that players can enter a game ready to not only pitch their best, but also reduce the risk of injury. In this article, learn the best terminology and clear communication strategies that pitching coaches should use with their players.
Money has been a driving factor in year-round play and “elite” travel teams where winning is placed at the highest importance. Many teams are marketing “developmental programs” where they play 5 plus showcase events through the course of a season. Though these programs are marketed as developmental, player development rarely the focus for these teams.