Coaching Cliches, Incomplete Instruction and Bad Advice
These are phrases we've heard and continue to hear on Little League and even high school fields. They may be remarks made with good intentions but could hinder a young baseball career and some could even threaten the health of a young arm. In this age of information it is curious for a coach to say those things and yet, we continue to hear them.
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ADVICE THAT COULD HURT A YOUNG MAN'S BASEBALL DREAM
| HITTING ||PITCHING ||FIELDING ||BASE RUNNING |
- Keep your back elbow up
- Just meet the ball
- Never hitch your hands
- Squat to hit the low pitch
- A baseball swing is like a golf swing
- Roll your hands on contact
- Stride where the ball is pitched
- Drop and drive
- Fully extend your arm to 2nd base
- Sit down on your back leg
- Slow your arm down to throw a change
- Don't throw 3/4
- Twist your wrist to throw a curve
- Take a big step back to gain momentum
- Rock and Fire
- "Push, Pop, Over the Top"
- Always use two hands (Some coaches never teach how to field the ball backhand)
- Field the ball between your legs (Instead of getting the hands out front and moving through the ball, let it roll between your legs, stop and pick it up.)
- Extend your arm all the way back to throw
- Charge the ball (What is the mental image you convey when you say 'Charge the ball'?)
- Throw from your ear
- Don't go until I send you
- Don't watch the ball while you run, let me be your eyes