If I have a kid that throws 90, I’m going to teach him a BP fastball at 84. If he throws his changeup at 80, I’m going to teach him a changeup of 76. Before we put any movement on a ball, before we put any different spin on a ball, we try to make the hitter responsible for tracking a broad range of velocity—in this case it would be 76 to 90.
… This isn’t to say that coaches don’t teach the mental part of the game—coaches tend to do a great job of creating a culture that helps build character, discipline, focus and teamwork. But the question to ask is, “am I doing something each day with my players to work on the mental side of their game through some type of practice?”
Despite a vastly unequal distribution of playing time in the game, most coaches still give equal weight and resources to all players in practice. The drawback of an equal distribution is
“I enjoy coaching so much, it’s just a part of me.”
“You have to be positive, that’s the key in sports. The worst thing you can say to a kid is ‘you can’t hit,’ that’s ridiculous. I went to bat thousands of times, and there was never one time I walked up to the plate and I didn’t think I was going to get a hit.”
“Most good high school athletes will have the ability to develop their physical skills and be able to play at that level. What do we need to emphasize mentally to players before and during the time they are in high school?”