Parents and players should hold their instructors accountable for paid baseball hitting instruction, as long as they do their part. Below are the roles that each instructors, parents, players should have in the training process.
As a hitting coach, I often live and die, so to speak, with my hitting students results. When they struggle, it is very disappointing, even though in the end, I believe the baseball hitting instruction and hard work pays dividends for the hitting students. Of course, no matter how bad I feel, I realize that I cannot hit for the players and that I can only show them the correct way to go about improving. However, that does not mean I am not accountable, as long as they implement and practice the things I teach them, which is no easy or guaranteed thing.
In this age of sport specialization and travel baseball, many young ballplayers get professional baseball hitting instruction. Usually, that is a good thing because kids have a better chance of competing and reaching their potential, as long as the professional instruction is high quality. Parents and players have the right to feel disappointed, when the results of that instruction do not produce good results, especially when they apply the effort necessary to make the needed changes to their baseball swings.
When I say all coaches and I should be held accountable to some degree, I realize there are limits to that accountability, as talent and the level played have big part in hitting success. However, if I am "on my game," there are certain things to expect from quality baseball hitting instruction.
As mentioned, things take time, but coaches should be held accountable if they do not provide the above.
Finally, parents may have the toughest role of all, as their patience is crucial for the baseball hitting instruction to work, not to mention their money.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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