"Kyle, I am of the belief that a decision needs to be made before a dad and a player can decide whether the dad should coach. The player needs to decide how far he wants to go in the game and how hard he is willing to work to get to his goal. The…"
"I agree completely that our pitchers seem to be coddled far more than anywhere else in the world. But isn't that our society as a whole right now? When kids "graduate" from every grade from K-4 to high school, it seems that there…"
"Rod, I will be happy to share some insight into our program. Email me your email address and I will send you some specifics tonight after practice on what we do.
My email is Coach@BlueRidgeBaseball.org
"Richard, how does this correspond to kids playing middle school ball in the 7th grade? If the average 7th grader is 12 and the league uses 46/60 up to age 12 and then 50/70 for 13's, how does prepare the 12 year old 7th grader that is trying to…"
"Rod, I have been a middle school coach for 13 years and have not seen any injuries to arms that were caused in any way by the pitching distance. Are there younger guys that cannot go that distance? Sure, but at the same time there are HS guys that…"
"Bill, for 7th & 8th grades in our area we follow NFHS requirements for high school ball at 60'6" for pitching. The local travel ball tournament directors have the 13&U group pitching from this distance also to make sure the players…"
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.