Daily Archives: December 8, 2006

What you put into it

Bill Hillhouse has a great article up on his Web site about pitchers and pitching coaches. One of the important points he makes is that there are players who want to say they go to “so-and-so” pitching coach, but they never put in the work to learn how to actually learn how to pitch.

While it’s important to go to a good, knowledgeable coach, it’s not enough. You have to be willing to put in the work and do what the coach tells you, because you’re the one who will be in the circle when the pressure is on. In other words, it doesn’t matter how much the coach knows. It only matters if you follow what he/she says. Even the best pitching coaches can’t do it for you.

Parents have a part in this too. If you’re paying good money for a pitching coach, make sure you get the value out of it. Listen to what he/she says and make sure your player is following that advice and working at the right things. Otherwise you’re just throwing your money and time away.

Must be rough!

Check out this post from Stacie over at All About Softball. She is based in Hawaii. Not only is the weather warm enough to practice in December, but it actually stays light there until 6:30 PM.

All this plus she gets to live in Hawaii with all its other features. As a lifelong Chicagoan it’s hard to imagine. As I write this it is current 7 degrees. Wow!

Willingness to change

One of the biggest challenges facing any player trying to improve his/her game is getting out of the comfort zone in order to change what they’re doing. Before that can happen, though, first the player has to be willing to change.

I just saw this with one of my pitchers this week. She’d been struggling with getting the hang of staying loose and following through at release, due in no small part to a horrible “pitching coach” she’d had before who apparently didn’t know anything about pitching. She was pretty much stuck in one place. So I had to have “the talk” with her about working on what I wanted her to do. I told her no pitching at all in the next week, instead focus just on getting the arm to do what we’re trying to get it to do.

Lo and behold, this week she came back and had it nailed! I was so excited for her, and she was pretty pleased with herself too. And as promised, with the strong follow-through she had both speed and accuracy.

The key was that she was willing to make the change, and worked hard at it. Without that willingness, we’d still be stuck.

So I guess the point is you (if you’re a player) or your students (if you’re a coach) not only have to understand what to do but also have the mindset to go after it like a lioness hunting for food for her young.

Ken

Getting started

Hello and welcome to Life in the Fastpitch Lane. This blog is dedicated to all sorts of thoughts and ideas about fastpitch softball.

I hope to stimulate a lot of discussion, help a few people, and learn a lot myself. Comments are open, but please keep them clean and nice. Thanks!

Ken

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