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  1. FP26

    Marcela 12 YO First Year 14U (Spring)

    Growth spurts are one of the biggest challenges any young athlete will face. It doesn't matter what sport you are talking about.
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    Softball Crisis in 2025?

    At my daughter's college the 5th year had a very small impact. Most of the athletes left when they graduated. The only ones that played the 5th year were those enrolled in longer degrees such as Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. And several of them didn't play the 5th year either...
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    Development

    When DD was about 6 years old I taught her one of the games I played as a kid. I grabbed a tennis ball and threw it up on the roof of the house, and then caught it when it came back down. She used to do that for hours when she was young. Of course the down side was the amount of time I spent...
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    Development

    This is a very good list. That said, footwork is something that can be worked on for any position. Outfielder footwork and infielder footwork are often not stressed enough, in my opinion. At 16u/18u I also spent a great deal of time focusing on mental aspects of the game. Things like having...
  5. FP26

    Playing up

    There is definitely a delicate balance between challenging yourself and getting overwhelmed. In my opinion the decision to play up is an individual one. There is no blanket response as is evident by the various responses in this thread. What I can tell you is that by playing up when the...
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    17yo Maddie

    Sometimes even when it's over it isn't completely over. DD was home this weekend from grad school. When she woke up this morning she walked in my office and said "Dad, do you want to go to the field to hit". My sneakers were on in seconds. Cherish the moments.
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    ~How ATHLETIC is your PITCHER?

    There is a bit of a back story to that. DD played for this coach as a pick up player at more than one tournament prior to this tryout. They had some familiarity. His daughter was also a pitcher on the team and was standing near by when he made the comment. She was also a very good all around...
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    ~How ATHLETIC is your PITCHER?

    My daughter has always been above average athletically, but there are many attributes involved in athleticism. She has never been a fast runner... She has a surprisingly quick first step (instincts), is smart on the field, and is extremely strong. Two short stories... At a travel ball...
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    Utility Player?

    DD's career is now over. She did play three years for her college but was derailed by a shoulder injury. Entering her senior year she decided to focus her time on an internship rather than softball. Ultimately she was on the roster as a pitcher, but also had some time at 1b. Although I am...
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    Utility Player?

    I agree with others that pitcher/catcher are premium positions. If a player can fill either of those positions, that is what should be mentioned first. However, it's always helpful to list other positions as well. At the younger ages players should have the opportunity to learn as many...
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    Marcela 12 YO First Year 14U (Spring)

    I assume she will continue to play 14u in 2023. If so, she would be 1st year 14u based on age but 2nd year 14u based on experience. Many of the best pitchers she faced this season would be aging up to 16u, giving her the experience advantage over much of the competition. When DD was a...
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    Marcela 12 YO First Year 14U (Spring)

    Keep in mind that there are a lot of 12 year olds that would not be capable of hitting .331 at the 14u level. Based on her age, she could have played 12u and probably batted .500 or better. In the long run, it's my opinion that playing 14u will be beneficial to her. Assuming she is playing...
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    controversy

    The scary thing is that even with all the debates regarding pitching instruction, it pales in comparison to the different types of hitting instruction out there today.
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    controversy

    When my daughter first started pitching at the age of 8 she did many of the things @Hillhouse mentions in the opening post. Obviously she still had a lot to learn, but some of those things came naturally without any training at all. We made the mistake of taking her to a local college coach...
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    POLL~ UMPIRE CALLING PITCHES

    In my experience, most umpires do a pretty good job, and generally seem to care about making the correct call. That said, it is physically impossible to get every call right. There will always be a few. Unless the call is blatant, I tend to give the umpire the benefit of the doubt. I rarely...
  16. FP26

    HLP vs the High level movement pattern

    The comment above is something we both agree on. We just use different words to describe it. "Swing the front foot down" doesn't make sense to you. That's fine. Don't use it... The whole point of swinging the front foot down is "not losing the backside early".
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    HLP vs the High level movement pattern

    That is certainly part of it. As stated before, many of the things your little clique focus on are similar to things I focus on. Just because you want to believe that isn't true doesn't make it so. From my perspective, swinging the front food down is very similar to now allowing your weight...
  18. FP26

    HLP vs the High level movement pattern

    The interesting thing is that Bonds is "swinging the front foot down" in both of these clips. Thanks for posting ;) The phrase isn't meant to be literal.
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    HLP vs the High level movement pattern

    Good luck... I have been convinced for years that the debate has more to do with personal grievances than anything hitting related. JMO...
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    17yo Maddie

    There is no better tool you can teach someone.
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