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Reporting in From the Whaling City (New Bedford, MA)

Jul 28, 2019
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Hi Everyone,

I've done a post or two before introducing myself, and I've certainly done some lurking. I have two softball-age daughters who are currently playing 12U (11, first-year in that designation fall ball) and 10U (9, second-year in that designation). I feel that I've learned a lot from my lurking and am hoping to calm myself down a bit as a spectator😏. My 11YO DD is a 5'6" lefty pitcher/1B/OF who only has a not-so-fastball but has experienced success as a third pitcher in C-level TB. She has now moved up to a 'B' team, and I am actively looking for a pitching coach in the SE Massachusetts area.

Neither of my girls has had paid lessons. I have been reticent to find an individual coach until I find one I think will help them for the future. The adult peer pressure to have individual coaching is both hilarious and frightening at the 10U level. I have read many of the various threads, watched a lot of videos and have tried to impart some of my newfound wisdom to my burgeoning athletes. The 9YO also wants to be a pitcher now. She has primarily played right field and second base, decently, and can bunt, but has no pop in her bat.

I don't anticipate my daughters being college stars or anything along those lines. I've been a coach in other sports at the junior high level and realize how some athletes peak earlier and some later than others. That being said, I want to maximize their potential and not hinder their growth. I appreciate this board for the fact that so many have traversed this journey with their own daughters.
 
Apr 26, 2019
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Hi Everyone,

I've done a post or two before introducing myself, and I've certainly done some lurking. I have two softball-age daughters who are currently playing 12U (11, first-year in that designation fall ball) and 10U (9, second-year in that designation). I feel that I've learned a lot from my lurking and am hoping to calm myself down a bit as a spectator😏. My 11YO DD is a 5'6" lefty pitcher/1B/OF who only has a not-so-fastball but has experienced success as a third pitcher in C-level TB. She has now moved up to a 'B' team, and I am actively looking for a pitching coach in the SE Massachusetts area.

Neither of my girls has had paid lessons. I have been reticent to find an individual coach until I find one I think will help them for the future. The adult peer pressure to have individual coaching is both hilarious and frightening at the 10U level. I have read many of the various threads, watched a lot of videos and have tried to impart some of my newfound wisdom to my burgeoning athletes. The 9YO also wants to be a pitcher now. She has primarily played right field and second base, decently, and can bunt, but has no pop in her bat.

I don't anticipate my daughters being college stars or anything along those lines. I've been a coach in other sports at the junior high level and realize how some athletes peak earlier and some later than others. That being said, I want to maximize their potential and not hinder their growth. I appreciate this board for the fact that so many have traversed this journey with their own daughters.
Truth. I know a family that's been paying for their daughter to have a pitching coach outside of her 10U TB practices. I recently watched her give up 5 runs in an inning without the other team getting a hit.

I'm sure individual lessons can be helpful if you have a good coach and the player has the tools to be a good pitcher. Otherwise, you might as well throw your money out the window.
 

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