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.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on December 8, 2006, in Pitching. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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