What makes Baseball Fun?
Troy Silva said it this way.
Coach Dave Holt says, "I have said plenty of times a ‘player will go as far as their bat takes them’. Is hitting important? Yes, its really important.
Do the best hitters stay in the game longer? Yes, I think so.
You don’t see too many good hitters sitting on the bench very long.
Does hitting increase the ‘Fun’ level? Indeed it does.
Players who cannot hit well will not want to hang around the game very long before they start heading for the exits and find other stuff to do with their time.
Polished successful ball players have a certain look and feel. Sometimes this comes natural but often most players need additional polish (or a bunch).
I polish the hitting mechanics to professional standards. Then we attack the all important timing element. Then we analyze the pro hitters mindset. Rarely if ever is any of this knowledge going to accessed by the child's coaches, even the real good ones.
Nobody volunteering to coach knows how to teach ball handling, pitching, throwing, fielding at a professional level. I will add pro style techniques to the child's game.
If the parents can budget $25-$50 per month or more, your child can get the professional polished skills to add to their love for the game. This gives you enough for sufficient lessons and a good summer camp.
"If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."" Red Addair
What they say:
"My son never hit the ball once last season or threw the ball very well. After working with Coach Dave Holt this season he is now one of the top hitters on the team, hits the ball often and with authority, and his arm has improved dramatically. He is really enjoying playing baseball. His improvement in one season is truly amazing! JB in Summerville, SC
"Logan went from striking out practically the entire season last year to the top power hitter on his team this season. All the kids know to back up in the outfield when he comes up now. He has been crushing the ball this season. We definitely will continue coming to Coach Dave for instruction". WG in Summerville, SC
You have decided to INVEST several hundred to over $2000 to have your kids play travel baseball.
In order to get your best return on your baseball investment you definitely want to consider utilizing a professional instructor to maximize your return.
Trying to 'save' money on paid instruction after your initial outlay may not deliver a high return on your travel ball investment.
Parent volunteer coaches (not paid) even good ones, will not replace what a paid professional instructor can provide.
Your kids are going to 'funnel' into high school baseball around age 14 or 15 year old. This is a very small 'funnel'.
The kids who hit the best and have the right polished ball handling fundamentals have the best chance to get into the 'funnel'.
Which kids are going to reach the High School Baseball 'Funnel'
This is why I have created my individual training packages.
When is it a good time to take instructional lessons for baseball/softball?
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There is never a sure answer for every child because each child has a different skill set, abilities, physical maturity level, athleticism, experience level, age, competitiveness, grit, and passion for the game.
It is very common that the baseball environment the child has been associated with has caused a lot of damage to the child's confidence. Coaches and parents can impose a lot of fear in players over time, and this will take time to filter out and get fixed.
What I do know is the mental approach I use for hitting is used by professional players and is not commonly taught by youth baseball coaches. My techniques that I teach are all based on my experience learned in pro ball and are proven professional baseball fundamentals---not drills I found on YouTube (although some stuff is ok).
My teaching progressions start with basic mechanics in hitting, fielding, pitching, throwing and catching. Once the basic mechanical foundations are firmly established we can progress into higher level learning.
Lessons run 30 minutes or One Hour in length.
I use the batting tee to build a strong foundation of professional style mechanics. As the student makes progress we gravitate into soft-toss and live pitches. I always begin each session with the batting tee because it is a great tool for me to teach proper mechanics and reinforce to my hitters the correct contact point on various pitches.
I also make sure my students know how to protect themselves from getting hit by pitches and to minimize the injuries when the pitch does hit them.
Having a sound understanding of proper mechanics gives pitchers:
My students will improve in all these areas especially if they are dedicated to practice on their own.
Fielding & Throwing
Professional players have a distinct look when they field the ball and throw the ball. Some players naturally have these traits but most need to be taught and shown how to field and throw correctly.
Players that stay in the game the longest can & reach High School 'funnel':
If players reach the 'big fields' after age 12 and cannot catch and throw the ball consistently well is will be harder for them to play the game well.
'Basic' & 'Advanced' Player Development Lessons:
# of 30 Minute lessons Fee
1 30 Minute Lesson $45
4 30 Minute Lessons $160
8 30 Minute Lessons $295
12 30 Minute Lessons $395
20 30 Minutes Lessons $625
# of One Hour Lessons Fee
1 One Hour Lesson $75
4 One Hour Lessons $285
8 One Hour Lessons $560
12 One Hour Lessons $795
20 One Hour Lessons $1195
*Lessons provided for pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing and catching. *Lessons are half hour (30 minutes) or One Hour in length.
*Lessons are scheduled approximately once per week.
*Cancellation Policy: 24 hours notice is appreciated in the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of a session. Failure to comply will result in a charge for the lesson.
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I Appreciate Referrals!...If you recommend a friend that signs up for a lesson package I will give you a FREE 30 minute lesson or pitching machine hitting session.
Group/team lessons for hitting, fielding and pitching are a way to save money and get quality instruction. Sessions last about an hour.
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