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Jackc
05-09-2005 @ 11:12 AM                          
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I have a 14U son who plays AAU. He has played at this level since 11. He has received more training/coaching than the majority of boys his age, (at his request). He has gotten personal pitching and hitting lessons for months, speed and agility training for baseball, you name it.(Again, at his request)

However, he cannot apply these lessons to the field. He knows exaclty what he is supposed to do in most sitations. He tells me after the game. But, he doesn't carry out the task during the game. He is very frustrated:as am I

Has he received too much training? Is he thinking too much? How can I help him bring all this training to the field?

CoachCL
05-13-2005 @ 9:49 AM                          
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I honestly believe that you can't think too much in baseball.  Sounds like to me he lacks confidence in his abilities.

Challenge him to be an aggressive pitcher and hitter.  He should understand that if he bats .300, then he is failing 7 out of every 10 at bats.

If the effort is there and he is applying what he has been taught, then it is a matter of time before he will succeed.

Good luck!

jhhaglund
05-16-2005 @ 3:04 PM                          
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While most of us adults think that success on the field should be motivation enough, sometimes with our kids that's not the case.  My 11-year old was having issues applying his off-field training (awesome tee / BP hitter), but when he was in the batter's box he would swing at pitches over his head, then watch the waist-high balls go by.  He also told me he wanted new batting gloves, so I used that as the carrot and told him I'd get him new gloves after he got 5 hits.  Tonight I have to go get him some new gloves, because he finally figured out that the bat doesn't swing itself!  Find out what motivates your son, then use that leverage to encourage the on-field performance you both want. Good luck!

coachmorris44
04-12-2006 @ 11:50 AM                          
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You mention that he is feeling frustrated and so are you. Is he picking up on your frustration? Is he having fun?

I made a vow this season to only express positive messages to my 14 year old. It's so much harder than I thought it would be. And I never realized how negative I was being. I'm a little obsessive, so I used to talk about the game before and after a lot. Now I try to talk about other things to and from. I think it is helping.

stylemismatch
04-19-2006 @ 1:52 PM                          
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Hey coachm, did you realize you were replying to a thread that's nearly a year old?  

I agree with what you say about letting the kids pick up on adult's feelings.  I'm currently an assistant on a team where the head coach always gives a pre-game talk where he stresses 'gotta win', 'don't make stupid mistakes', and for his post-game speach always dwells on negative things.  Then he doesn't have a clue as to why the kids are playing tentatively.  They get to the point where they're more driven to avoid making mistakes than to try making great plays.  Personally I've always felt that the post-game talks were a waste of time unless it's telling the kids that the team is going to Dairy Queen, and I'd much prefer the pre-game talk to just be a quick review of things we've worked on in practice (don't forget to backup 1st base, etc.).





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