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Avoiding Over Coaching Baseball:
Best Coaches Pick Their Spots

Ever notice over coaching baseball?  It can be confusing and hard to know how much is too much and too little.

I have had the blessed opportunity to play for and work with many famous baseball coaches. Every one of them skillfully avoided over coaching baseball.

Yes, they were over flowing with baseball knowledge, strategies and baseball tips. But, my expert mentors on the ballfield also know that a player can only digest a portion of basic baseball tip or correction at a time.

Giving a ballplayer multiple strategiessimultaneously:  Do you know the best practices for showing and telling players about corrective coaching? If you are not able to properly communicate correction to players you might be doing more harm than good.

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Take hitting mechanics for instance. I can watch a youth league hitter take four or five swings and probably note several batting tips I could offer them. Plus I could quickly make sure that the young hitters had the correct mental approach to batting.

Now, I realize that I am supposed to be an expert in the field. I do not expect most of you to be able to pick apart a players swing points. 

I do have some strategies and techniques that you could easily share with you players and help them become better hitters. And part of coaching skill is knowing how much to give to players at once before there is over-load.

The pro baseball coaches know these tips very well that over coaching baseball is not a very smart baseball strategy and slows down player development.

Study the pros. They aren't always right, but baseball IS their business. Why ask a butcher how to roof your house?.

Classic Case of Over Coaching Baseball
How Are Communicating With Hitters?

I recently was umpiring a youth baseball little league game with 9 year olds in their league play-offs

SIDE NOTE: (Umpiring is my way of infiltrating youth baseball...i can work undercover)

First, one of the coaches was giving his best Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi pre-game pep talk in the dugout. I thought well you would not hear that kind of raw-raw football prep talk from professional baseball coaches. (Another topic I will tackle later.)

During the game the catcher on one team got a foul tip in the arm and needed a bit of time to let the sting of the foul ball wear off. His youth league coach was checking on him near the backstop.

Meanwhile, all three of the batter’s coaches were all huddled over the batter near home plate.

All three were feeding several hitting tips and swing techniques at the young batter. An absolute barrage of baseball tips and baseball strategies was piled on the batter right in the middle of his at-bat.

"Now, make sure you watch the ball, and keep your elbow up... and remember don't help em out and step into it."

Really? Are you kidding me?

Come and let me show you in detail what a professional baseball coach does in handling their hitters. I think you will be amazed at what really goes on during a professional ballgame when dealing with hitters.

"Baseball is the most over-coached and under-taught game there is." Al Campanis.

"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment." John Wooden.

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