Teaching Concepts

The skills involved in baseball and softball are a complex combination of many concepts.  We feel that understanding these concepts is vital for our instructors, as well as our students.  Our instructors will help players find out where they are deficient and give them an understanding of how to improve those specific areas.  Any sound instructional philosophy will include the following areas of focus:

Mechanical

Bio-mechanical alignment

Specific body movement

Sequencing and alignment (rhythm and tempo)

Symmetrical movements

Understanding the kinetic chain

Distinguishing style from sound bio-mechanical principals

Motor Learning

Building Kinesthetic awareness

Sensory training

Guided discovery

Pace and length of activity

Frequency of activity

Intensity of activity

Learner centered environment

Using all 3 learning modes

Cause and effect relationships

Backward chaining (Backward shaping)

Functional Strength and Fitness

Overall body fitness

Sport specific fitness

Free weights and machine work

Power lifts and high repetition endurance lifts

Cardiovascular and aerobic conditioning

Light weight exercises (joint integrity work)

Tubing exercises

Recovery time, frequency of training, and duration of training

Anaerobic training

Injury prevention and rehabilitation

Nutritional

Blood chemistry

Glymic index

Supplements

Metabolic management

Performance enhancing food

Mental

Positive Visualization techniques

Goal setting

Vision training

Handling adversity

Pressure situations

Positive self-talk

Strategies

Emotional

Determination

Self-confidence

Emotional management

Drive

Competitiveness

Mental toughness

Trusting yourself

10 Foundations of our Teaching

Our Students excel in baseball/softball because they learn in several ways. The following 10 areas are the core strengths of our teaching (see above for the entire teaching concepts and areas of focus).

Guided Discovery- This teaching technique allows students to be the focus of the instruction and allows them to become responsible for their own learning.  The student is at the center of learning and the coach becomes a guide.

Use all 3 modes of Learning- Students learn visually, kinesthetically, and auditory.  Our teaching methods focus on using all 3 modes of learning.  Because most kids learn better visually and kinesthetically, we have implemented a state of the art professional video analysis programs that will aide our students in learning.  Likewise, we have developed special kinesthetic learning devices that help give students instant feedback on their movements.

 

Cause and Effect Relationships- Students learn to build cause and effect relationships to further enhance their awareness of their skills.  Most practice and skill development focus on outcomes only.

Kinesthetic Awareness (body awareness)- Because most people learn through feel the majority of our drills involve strategies and kinesthetic learning devices to improve body awareness.

Visualization/Positive self-Talk- To build confidence and increase performance we use techniques that work on visualization and positive self talk.  This will allow players to “see” themselves excelling at a skill and in turn enhance performance.

Biomechanical Alignment-Using guided discovery, all 3 modes of learning, building cause and effect relationships, and drills that focus on sequencing, instructors can create the proper mechanics that a player needs to be successful.  Instructors teach sound biomechanical principals and not a specific style.  Instructors will adjust to each athlete’s personal style, while implementing and maintaining sound biomechanical principals.

Goal Setting- A player needs to know “where they are going” and what they need to improve before they can make any changes or progress in their abilities. Goal setting strategies for skill improvement, strength training, learning, and performance are a few examples what instructors can help students with.  Instructors get athletes to take ownership in what they are doing.  In turn athletes become self motivated and are able to manage skill development, conditioning programs, learning, and more.


Segmentation Vs Whole Learning-
 Our drills involve both whole and part learning theory.  Most teaching philosophies only incorporate one theory (if that).  We feel that to obtain maximum results then drill work needs to involve both types of learning. A large percentage of our drills are as game like (sport specific) as possible.  Doing the proper segmentation drills are key for a student to learn a particular skill.  Likewise, many drills are only taught to get the player from point A to point B (one position to the next).  We call this “dot to dot type training”.  It is very limited and extremely basic and will allow only for minimal progress.  There is a “lot going on between the dots”.  Our drills connect the dots!
Backward Chaining-For best results specific motor skills must be learned from end to beginning.
Focus on Biomechanics not Style- Every student that we teach is different.  We will implement sound biomechanical principals with their unique style.  Unlike most models or coaching philosophies we do not teach a specific style or model. We figure out what is going to work best for the individual student and incorporate sound biomechanical movements with personal style.  “Cookie cutter” teaching styles do not work.  Each player is unique and needs to be treated as an individual with their own personal style.

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