The number one reason pitchers leave coaches

As a private-pitching coach, I work in a competitive area of southern California that has several pitching coaches to choose from.

While it’s not uncommon to get a pitcher that has been to several other instructors throughout the years one thing stands out to me.

When I get a player from another coach, it’s usually a tough personal decision that led them to leave that coach. I know first-hand because I am close to the athletes (and parents) I coach, and it’s tough when they decide it’s best to move on.

So what is the number one reason a pitcher leaves her coach?

She stops improving either mentally, or physically.

Which means the coach is no longer helping the pitcher get better.

Understand, this is a challenge for every coach—including me, because the learning process consists of a series of upward climbs and plateaus.

So when I get a student from another pitching instructor I ask, “Why did you decide to leave your coach?”

I ask for two reasons: 1. I don’t want to make the same mistakes—if possible, and 2. It helps me measure where the pitcher is in terms of her goals and desires.

As a coach, I try to cycle each student-athletes training so that several things are being taught at once; this helps to reduce complacency.

Plus, a parent’s support with the teaching (and reinforcing) of drills helps minimize the plateaues that are part of the the learning process.

Breakthroughs will come, but only if the player and the parents stick with a game plan, the coach continues to challenge the athlete, and improve his own techniques.

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