What is the best way to teach baseball is a pretty good question?
By observation we can see that there are a variety of ways to go about this, and we can also see that many travel teams and coaches and instructors use a very similar format.
Hitting Instructors use a 30 or 60 minute format and flip balls or hit off a t and give verbal instruction on what to do.
Pitching instructors take you to the bullpen or an indoor simulated mound and you throw to a catcher or a target practicing different mechanics and pitch grips.
Team practices are 2 hours long and consists of the usual stretching, running, batting practice, ground balls and some situations selected for the practice.
There appears to be a common thread that implies if we give them enough reps and instruction along the way, the player will get better. The good news is he will get better from those reps, practices and instruction.
The bad news is he will never reach his genetic potential using this very standard but accepted way of teaching baseball, then this recipe does not create college scholarship players.
That’s correct. This approach to teaching baseball is sort of Ok, and will prepare you for competition from teams who are using the same approach… But it is not the best way to ensure that we develop into an elite level player.
You will require considerably more than these training paradigms offer.
If you want to become a very good high school player or play in college you are going to need a lot of different types of training and how that training is taught will be the key to your success.
Helping a player to reach his genetic potential is much more complicated and requires a variety of teaching approaches because every player learns differently and at a different pace.
Teaching requires a teaching plan. It requires student assessments, written material, interactive lesson plans, progress charts, benchmarks, tests, and a variety of teaching tools.
It requires a long term strategy and short term strategies. It requires an expert understanding of the subject matter and certifications on how to teach.
Providing anything less, dooms our students to mediocrity which will never be rewarded with a scholarship or money.
At Top 10 we have a much more comprehensive approach and it shows when our players compete.
Just as a mechanic has multiple tool boxes filled with various tools, a professional coach / teacher needs a lot of teaching tools and methods at his disposal.
Every player is uniquely different so different approaches will be required at different times.