"Kip, apparently I missed something in the original post. We don't side toss, we soft toss. I agree that side toss sucks as a teaching tool. Soft toss on the other hand gets the ball in motion after tee work while allowing hitters to still focus…"
"Totally disagree. We use soft toss after tee work at every practice and the benefit is still strong for us. Approaching hitting in the natural progression (tee work, soft toss, point to point, short cage work (30') to live hitting) not only…"
"I agree with Richard. At a time when our country's youth and young parents seem to be getting softer and softer when it comes to doing anything physical. Heaven forbid, we let our A.D.D. get pushed to the back burner and do anything for more…"
"It's interesting to see this article. We are in the process of working with our new group for the Spring school team and our focus over the past three weeks has been exactly what is written. First thing is to see the ball. Second, focus on…"
"Bill, our situation isn't so much the competition level as it is the base distances. School ball is done on 60/90 fields so we have to prepare guys for those distances. We played this Summer with our 11/12 year olds at the 13U level to get them…"
"Playing up can be done for several reasons. Our guys (12-13 year olds) play up in the Fall season to prepare for the school season, which is the most important season for us. Typically we will play 14&U because of field size and bats. At…"
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Strictly a location guy. Never blew it by anyone, but could make folks look silly in the box.
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Scout Baseball, Scout Softball
Baseball Playing Experience:
High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent, Minor League
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, USSSA, High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent
Softball Playing Experience:
Independent, Slow Pitch, Fast Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Hank Aaron - the all time greatest homerun hitter in baseball. Others have hit more with help, but nobody did it better than Hammerin' Hank. His focus at the plate, especially during the racially charged era he played during, is an example that every hitter should follow.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Michael Roth is my favorite current pitcher. His attitude, approach to the game and focus have taken him a lot farther than most would have predicted. He is a true team leader and takes time to mentor the guys coming up behind him.
More About Me:
I coach baseball to help young people learn to love the game and to improve their skills. I don't coach for money, although I don't hold it against those that do. I coach for the enjoyment of helping others find success.