This is a great clip of Pujols – specifically how he initiates the swing and keeps his head, hips and knees on a linear plane.
All players have to deal with the many ways their coaches communicate with them. Young players get an early lesson on socialization and the juggle of dealing with all KINDS of people. I think that’s one of the essential lessons of organized sports – communication skills are developed and trust systems are built.
Some coaches yell, some coaches have other coaches do the correcting, and some are passionate and speak slowly. No matter the approach, if a coach is working to correct mistakes, at least there’s interest – it’s a good thing. Where parents can come into play is to help the young player take bits and pieces and apply it…basically help them make some adjustments.
An old saying that I grew up hearing and believe to this day – if a coach is talking to you or making an example out of you, then it’s a good thing. Be concerned when they ignore you. Once they stop trying, it’s time to move on because they’ve given up or believe you have. If adjustments aren’t made – their playing days will be numbered.
Just got word that the Lamorinda Spartans went 4-0 this past weekend in the 12U TPR July Classic. Proud of you boys!
Let’s get after it in practice this week.
The official roster is set for the 10U Knights — looking forward to working with the smaller group. Timing is everything. This week it’s discipline, keeping the double play in order, and communication. Control what you can. Hustle 1st!
I want to give a huge shout out to the Lamorinda Immortals, who competed in the East Cobb tournament in Georgia and finished 2nd. Although they didn’t win it all, they competed each game and continued to play well together. They’ve been working hard all summer, in the valley heat, preparing for the grueling tournament schedules.
Let’s keep grinding.
Keep up the good work!