Who else is sick and tired of all the over the top pitching information and hype?
I for one have had enough.
It’s tough enough for a young pitcher who’s already battling fears and doubt, to know where to start.
With so much information out there where do you start? It’s a good question.
First let’s start by defining what’s really going on.
3 Types of Pitching Coaches/Instructors
- A Traditional/Old School Coach manages pitchers while they’re pitching on a team.
- A Skill Instructor is someone who teaches individual skills that pitchers need.
- A Pitching Instructor is someone who teaches young players how to pitch.
Some people actually try to do all three, but I personally haven’t found many that were good at it.
1st Type: The Traditional/Old School
Just do what I tell you, don’t you dare question me, even though I can’t explain most of my reasoning, but it’s how I was taught and how I did it and I was awesome.
These guys still think that everything is about them.
Seriously, most of the questions I get from parents is over this type of Coach/Instructor.
They’re the Coaches that whine about parents all the time, but 90% of the problem really is them.
If this is you please quit Coaching/Instructing.
You are personally killing baseball in the United States and ruining young players confidence everyday.
Selfishly you’re good for business, a lot of my clients come from coaches like you.
But I would rather be out of business than deal with the destruction you’re causing.
If the last 7 or 8 sentences made you mad you’re that coach.
2nd Type The Skill Expert Instructor:
This type is what most of the Online Guru’s are experts in.
They teach individual skill sets that make up a certain aspect of what it takes to be a pitcher.
These instructors teach,
- Pitching Mechanics
- Pitcher specific Strength & Conditioning Programs
- Pitcher Arm Care Programs
- How to Throw a Certain Pitches
- How Long Toss is the key to throwing 90 mph program
- Basically Google Pitching and they’re selling something
- Your local pitching academy’s instructors
All of these can be important skills to develop, but rarely alone will these skills turn you into an elite pitcher.
3rd Type The Pitching Instructor:
They do assessments of your current strengths and weaknesses and help you learn how to pitch in a real game.
They help you fine tune all of the individual skills you need as a pitcher.
They also help you create a specific, intentional pitching practice plan.
You don’t need 9 different bullpens plans.
You need to learn to throw your pitches to specific location, with movement and change of speeds.
That takes repetitive, laser focused practice.
Training your Mind, Body and Brain.
(Full disclosure, This is what I do.)
So what kind of Coach/ Instructor are you working with?
If you’re working with Type 1, you need to stop working with them immediately.
If you’re working with Type 2 skill instructors, pick one for each particular skill you are trying to master.
If a certain skill instructor has the ability to do teach multiple skills that’s great continue to use them.
But don’t use multiple skill instructors that are teaching the same skill with different philosophies, you’re only confusing the pitcher, and they’ll end up not knowing what to believe.
If you’re working with a Type 3 make sure they are in agreement with your Type 2 instructors.
That way they can help you fine tune your skills while at the same time teaching you how to pitch under extreme pressure in real games.
There has to be a practice plan for both, maintaining skills and refining pitches.
There isn’t a pitching coach alive today who invented pitching.
There are a lot of coaches who coach so they can re-live their glory days and that’s a shame.
The best coaches and instructors honestly do it for the young pitchers.
They continue to research, study, test, track and tweak and never stop growing as a coach/instructor.
So ask your current instructor any question you have and they will either be glad you did or mad you did.
If they were glad, then that’s an instructor worth talking to and possibly working with.
If they were mad, then that’s the only sign you need that they don’t know what they’re doing.
The truth is pitching is a high risk, high reward athletic activity that needs to be taught with each individual pitcher’s specific needs addressed.
Let’s quit arguing about who is the best guru and put the pitchers first.
Baseball can be fun again if us coaches and instructors will remember that it’s the stories that every young pitcher we work with will tell their kids and grand-kids that will keep baseball alive and thriving as a America’s Pastime.
If we do, our legacy and impact that we can have as coaches, instructors and parents will carry on for generations to come.