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  • PhilliesPhan22
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    Originally posted by CoachZbo View Post
    There is a lot of truth to what you say. I feel that I am a dad/coach with things in the proper perspective. We enjoy our time together learning and spending time in the sun.


    But we also talk about baseball in comparison to life in general. You get out of it what you put into it and it takes planning, hardwork, and sacrifice to be successfull.

    Zbo

    I agree. It sounds like you are modeling a healthy attitude for your son. In today's society we see so many parents who didn't make the team as kids, so they try to force their kid to make the team; even when the child doesn't want to do it.

    I may come across as being against teaching a young child advanced baseball techniques, that is far from the case. I don't like seeing it forced on them. We are losing kids to other sports because of this. Baseball is too great of a game to see our children lose interest in it.

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  • CoachZbo
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    Originally posted by PhilliesPhan22 View Post
    The point is this: Getting too technical and constantly correcting a child's swing can lead them to frustration, discouragement, and ultimately a turn to other sports. When my child is born and they old enough to play ball, I refuse to force it on them. I am not so insecure that I need to live vicariously through my child. It is only a game, they should have fun. Only give them more when they ask for it.
    There is a lot of truth to what you say. I feel that I am a dad/coach with things in the proper perspective. We enjoy our time together learning and spending time in the sun.

    In fact, I have told him that how hard he works and how good he becomes is up to him (he is 8, but very bright and analytical). I've tried explain to him that baseball is a great sport and lots of fun....if you play it well, but very frustrating if you don't. The point I keep reinforcing to him is that when he decides he wants to be the best he can be, come to me and we'll get busy making it happen. If not, it's his choice.

    But we also talk about baseball in comparison to life in general. You get out of it what you put into it and it takes planning, hardwork, and sacrifice to be successfull.

    Zbo

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  • Slapper23
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    I think a big problem today is not the force feeding - although that goes on, for sure - but the number of private hitting instructors today. It seems everyone and his brother (or sister) is a paid hitting instructor. Some of these instructors are more motivated by money than in truly caring about the kid. Some of this "paid" instruction is atrocious from what I've seen. Some of this paid instruction merely watched a tape or two, or maybe attended a clinic and thinks "well, gee, I can teach this stuff and get paid doing it."

    Don't get me wrong, a quality paid instructor can truly help your kid improve. But the great number of paid instructors raises some red flags, to me.

    My 2 cents.

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  • Ifubuildit
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    Free

    The point being Tiger would not be the player he is today had his father not taken the time to teach him how to swing a club at a high level and encourage him to play the game. Something many parents have forgotten today.

    Go to a ball park today and the discussions are not about how well little Johnny has taken to the game. Its more along the lines of my kid is better than yours and I am spending the money to prove it by taking him to "Insert Name here" . God forbid if they have to understand what they are paying for or even why.

    Being in the business of instruction and getting to spend time in the stands with this generation of parents has been a bit enlightening to say the least. Most parents dont have or do not want to take the time to develop the skills of their children but they do want to be sure they are getting the best instruction their money can buy.

    So when little Johnny cant hit the side of a barn with a bat in a game but goes to a "Name" instructor, my experience is its generally not the instructor that is the problem. (Cant say that 100% of the time) Its the fact that the parents are not engaged in the develpment process and they dont make little Johnny work on the things he learned at his lesson. I can honestly say most of my parents are engaged. For that I am thankful.

    If your going to invest make sure your investment is working hard on improvement. I would bet that is what Earl did with Tiger.

    Elliott.

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  • Ifubuildit
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    Free

    The point being Tiger would not be the player he is today had his father not taken the time to teach him how to swing a club at a high level and encourage him to play the game. Something many parents have forgotten today.

    Go to a ball park today and the discussions are not about how well little Johnny has taken to the game. Its more along the lines of my kid is better than yours and I am spending the money to prove it. God forbid if they have to understand what they are paying for or even why.

    Being in the business of instruction and getting to spend time in the stands with this generation of parents has been a bit enlightening to say the least. Most parents dont have or do not want to take the time to develop the skills of their children but they do want to be sure they are getting the best instruction their money can buy.

    So when little Johnny cant hit the side of a barn with a bat in a game but goes to a "Name" instructor, my experience is its generally not the instructor that is the problem. (Cant say that 100% of the time) Its the fact that the parents are not engaged in the develpment process and they dont make little Johnny work on the things he learned at his lesson.

    If your going to invest make sure your investment is working hard on improvement. I would bet that is what Earl did with Tiger.

    Elliott.

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  • PhilliesPhan22
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    The point is this: Getting too technical and constantly correcting a child's swing can lead them to frustration, discouragement, and ultimately a turn to other sports. When my child is born and they old enough to play ball, I refuse to force it on them. I am not so insecure that I need to live vicariously through my child. It is only a game, they should have fun. Only give them more when they ask for it.

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  • Freestate
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    Originally posted by Ifubuildit View Post
    Do you think Earl Woods told Tiger to just grip it and rip it when he was 4 years old on on Johnnny Carson?
    Nope. That's why I'm going to ride my kid relentlessly. No other sports. No outside activites. Minimal down time. Just force feed him baseball from the cradle onward. He'll be a baseball phenom. Yep. Then he'll turn pro and I'll be on easy street.

    Seriously, though. What does Tiger Woods have to do with the rest of us? The guy's a machine. A beautiful freak of nature. I don't think Earl has many parentling/coaching cues that are useful to normal kids.

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  • tom.guerry
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    I like the Epstein approach with bat on deltoid.

    learn to "wind rubberband", then "drop and tilt".

    When you take bat off deltoid/go "hands free", then second engine cues help optimize upper body action which demands synch from lower body.

    One arm swings as recommended by Mankin and Peavy are alos helpful learning arm (arm/forearm/wrist/hand) action when going hands free.

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  • Ifubuildit
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    Phillies

    Do you think Earl Woods told Tiger to just grip it and rip it when he was 4 years old on on Johnnny Carson?

    See the ball hit the ball? I have a 7 year old female right now who has a pretty good high level swing. She is hitting well off a machine on her rec team. By well I mean into the grass.

    Heres the kicker. She, maybe on a good day, when wet, weights all of 60 pounds.

    Teach them and they will succeed. They are never too young to learn.

    Elliott.

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  • PhilliesPhan22
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    He's just a little kid. Let him have fun and hit how he is comfortable. According to Piaget, he is not at a stage of "operation" where he could process what you are telling him. Give him a few years and teach away.

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  • ShawnB
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    First off coach the front leg and/or legs can be used differently between hitters. And when we are talking about about "amateurs" this can be even more prevalent.

    Many amateurs need to (or do) really push back to create any force. For them this can be a major force generator in the swing.

    It sounds like your son is pulling to the ball. There really is no such thing as "pulling" to the ball in a good swing. Pulling to the ball creates to much back to front translation. This is the reason his front knee remains bent, or stays bent for to long.

    As Ted and Bonds says, it's the top hand that delivers the barrel. And in this case the hips can/will turn open more naturally just like when you throw.

    In your case, if I understand your problem the pulling motion can/will affect the bodies rotation. There is a easy way to find out if this is the problem, if most of his hits go to the right side (in a game) and many times aren't hit very sharply to the right side, then he is for sure pulling with the body/arm. Rotation is always late with someone who pulls because they must wait for the front foot to plant before they can start to use the body (or swing).

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  • Slapper23
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    CoachZ,

    Well,l not exactly.

    Coach, I would recommend looking at different sources of learning, maintaining an open mind and independence of thought, and going with what YOU think best, regardless of the pressure you may receive from some quarters. I would also recommend looking back through the archives here for Tom Guerry and Loren Clifton posts. I think they both do a great job in describing the swing and how to teach it.

    Mike

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  • Mark H
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    Originally posted by CoachZbo View Post
    But its obvious that there is push from the front side to aid in hip rotation, correct? And I know that the front leg doesn't "lock" until just before contact. But it isn't happening at all with my son as his upper body has drifted too far forward.
    Depends on what you mean by push. The front hip joint definitely has to quickly quit moving forward. Then we have to discuss how to keep the upper body from lunging forward. We could go through a lot of discussion on here but for 30 you can speed things up a lot. Here's some visuals in the meantime. Also go through the clips put up by boardmember and Booth for some good learning opportunities. http://imageevent.com/siggy/hitting/...lcp2i01.lion_s

    You can also go to Englishbey's site, register for free and look through the public side for a lot of help. Especially the video analysis area. In the meantime, get us a clip of what he's doing and that would help us help you.

    Epstein's drills will stop lunging but in a sub optimal way creating future limitations IMO.
    Last edited by Mark H; 04-10-2008, 01:06 PM.

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  • CoachZbo
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    I guess that's part of the "ground up" or "middle out" argument, eh?

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  • Slapper23
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    CoachZ,

    Ok, so he is lunging. And yes, the front leg can assist in driving the front hip back as rotation ensues. You just don't want the front leg being the primary driver of rotaiton.

    I would recommend Mike Epstein at www.mikeepsteinhitting.com for a good set of drills which will work on fixing the lunging, while teaching separation, rotation, and connection. I call it SCR. Ok, I'm kidding, I'm kidding.

    But Epstein's torque and numbers drills can be good for your young kid, especially perorming them with the bat against the back shoulder/deltoid. Like anything, Epstein has some flaws, but his stuff can get you in ball park.

    What Marcus is saying in you needing to "understand rotation" is code for "you need to get your mind right - "buy Englishbey DVD."

    Mike

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