Does your athlete have it? It’s a MUST.
An athlete must want it for himself. Many times, I will work hard through a lesson, passionately teaching and coaching an athlete to identify and correct his own mechanical flaws. I’ll assign homework for the rest of the week and then see the same athlete a calendar week later. It blows my mind how many athletes cannot remember what their own flaw was. As I grow older, busier, and less politically correct… I am more and more tempted to toss the athlete out of the bullpen on the spot!
The drive to improve, the willingness to grind, the desire to be great must be present. And, it must originate from the athlete. Dad can’t want it for the athlete. Coach can’t muster it for the pitcher. A pitcher will maximize his potential only with great drive.
Specific to conditioning, I nurture and coach drive by connecting athletes to their own development. Sprint work gets you faster. Sprint work gets you more explosive. Sprint work helps you to throw harder. Want it for you. That’s okay!! Don’t do it because a coach is making you. Don’t do it because you have to. Connect these squats, lunges, and plyometrics with the improvements you want to make. Push, work, and get better!!!
Excerpt From Dan Keller’s book, Coaching the Beginning Pitcher (Chapter 11, Coaching the Pitching Mind)
- There are no Execution Keys
- There are no DC Keys