I have been following this forum for several months now and finally decided to join. There are some VERY knowledgable folks on here. Amazing amount of information can be accessed with the click of a mouse. Looking for some opinions/advice.
My DD has her first pitching lesson this weekend. She's quite raw in that she's only pitched in the back yard for a month or so with my instruction, based on what I've learned through books, the Hillhouse DVD (purchased as recommended by folks on this site) and of course this forum. In my area, there are several options for pitching instruction. None widely known outside the area (as far as I know). The one that we ultimately decided to go with came with excellent references known via word of mouth. I thought it to be odd that this person DOES NOT advertise ANYWHERE. All of her students come from referrals. It seems to me that you need to know someone to even know she exists. Not sure if this is a good thing, or bad.
In scheduling her first lesson, I learned that my DD will not be working with the actual pitching coach, but rather a "primer" instructor that will be teaching her the basics. This is a girl who went through their "program" and is quite successful. She's the pitcher for a local High School team.
Is this a typical practice, or should I be concerned that she wil not be working with the actual pitching coach? It was explained to me that the "primer" instructors teach the very basics, starting right from the grip of the ball, and once they have the basics mastered, they move up to the pitching coach. I was warned by the woman who runs the facility that I should be patient. She said the only students she "loses" are a result of the parents thinking they spend too much time on the basics and foundation. Mom and Dad get frustrated because a month or two go by and their child isnt able to successfully "pitch" yet.
I'd like to hear some comment/opinion on the primer instruction and the patience clause. Ay "red flags" in this information?
Thanks for reading!!