1. As always…you hit that out of the park! I always use the Michael Jordan or Mark Spitz example…best in their respective field as an athlete and possibly the worst in their respective field as a coach. Doing and being able to teach are about as far apart as men and women are similar.


  2. Tad,

    You make excellent points in this article. I do agree that professionalism and playing the game at a higher level are two of the things I look for in a Pitching or hitting coach for my son. Another thing I look for is the coaches personality, will he click with my son and his personality. I also look for a coach who has been there done that. I will also call his old coaches and students for references.

    When it comes to how many players they have coached that have made it to the big leagues, I look for that percentage also. Fortunately for my, my son’s pitching coach was taught by a great former MLB Player, and he has every one of his students phone numbers who have made to the MLB to use as a reference.

    I also check out their record on the various baseball web sites to see their records as a player.

    There are too many “wanna be’s” out there who will take your money and not do a darn thing to help improver your swing or velo if you are a pitcher.

    Keep the great articles coming!

    • Vicki-

      Thanks for the great comment!

      It sounds like you are very thorough when it comes to doing background checks on who works with your son! That is great.

      Remember, it is your and your son’s goal to play at a high level, so surrounding him with people who know how to develop him and get him there is what is important!

      I look forward to hearing more from you in future posts!

  3. Great article. We actually just left our team because the things listed in this article were not being done. In fact, it was quite the opposite. This article just confirmed we made the right decision. When your son, who loves the game, no longer even likes practice, something is not right. Thanks for the insight!

    • Tracy-

      I am sorry to hear about your son. Sounds like you made the right decision. You want an organization and a coach who helps inspire your son to reach high levels in all of his life.

      Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you guys.

      Thanks for the comment!

      • Thanks, Tad. He is now looking for a new team for next summer. He’s a junior this year so time is of the essence. I know he will find something– he’s a great player and even better person. (I may be a little biased) 🙂 Thanks again for the great article. I actually printed it out to keep on hand.

        • Tracy-

          This next summer is definitely a big summer for him. Please let me know if I can be of any help during this process. It can definitely be a stressful time for a family!