Do we think about what’s best for the kid before we open our mouths to instruct or criticize ?

I spend my life trying to figure out the best ways to teach kids & adults the finer points of baseball (Hitting + Throwing + Fielding + Athleticism).  I’ve narrowed it down.  Keep it simple, informative, and important.  Show them, explain it, repeat it, and then repeat it again, and again, and….you get the point.  My job is to critically think about everything I say to a student before I say it.  Young baseball players are very influential.  Basically, they listen to everybody.  Unfortunately, “Everybody” isn’t exactly the best baseball coach.  Who is “Everybody”?  “Everybody” is mom, dad, volunteer coach, friend, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, and the professional baseball coach.  My point is that the kid doesn’t know the difference.  They’re going to usually listen to everybody.  And this can be the downfall of many a baseball player.  An influential ball player needs to know what works best for him.  He needs to eventually become his best coach.  He needs to know what works for him and what doesn’t.  Most people that give you advice do it because they want the BEST for you.  Unfortunately, they are not QUALIFIED to give that advice and don’t really know what they’re talking about.  Anyways, my point is that a huge part of baseball player development is learning about who to listen to and who to trust when it comes to instruction.  I remember being a pro and going out of my way to please everyone and to listen to everyone, forgetting to trust myself and understand what works best for me.  It’s a huge part of the development of a baseball player.   Who do I listen to?  What works for me?

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