Welcome to this first edition of “In the Game” by the Gamers Baseball Academy.
We strongly believe the baseballs are molded through hard work, not created at birth. Sure, it helps to be big, strong and fast. Throwing 90mph doesn’t hurt either. But, baseball skills are finely tuned athletic movements at explosive, maximum exertion. Baseball is plyometric golf — finely tuned movements that happen in 10th’s of seconds.
Baseball players start out as a lump of clay and are molded, just like Dave Winfield in the picture above.
Perhaps the most important skill in the sport is the ability to apply training quickly. Maybe that skill is god-given? But, everything else in baseball is earned for >95% of players. Even Dave Winfield, who was an incredible natural athlete. So, single point assessments in youth baseball are less meaningful than trends. Trends take effort and hard work. Players that can go from A to B to C are a lot more projectable than players are already at C, but stuck.
This single fact is what makes coaching and playing baseball so challenging. Too much focus on where you are RIGHT NOW and not enough on the TREND. For young baseball players, all that really matters is the TREND.
“In the Game” is dedicated to helping players get on a good trend, and to assist coaches gain the satisfaction of helping players develop. There are few things more rewarding than molding a young man into a good baseball player. If he can make the transition to a baseball player, the future is very bright it whatever he chooses to do.
This journey is broken down into three cornerstones:
Skill Development – Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching, Baserunning
Player Development – Athleticism, Mental Skills, Life Skills and the transition to college baseball
Coaching – Practice, Pre-game, In-Game, Communication, Team Management
Our material is primarily focused on players for 12 to 18 — basically middle school through high school. There is a lot in the playbook that will benefit coaches and parents of younger players also.
So, now for a short description of “In the Game”. This is a newsletter of items curated from the web, plus some educational resources for the Gamers Baseball program. Good resources and information, collected and organized in one place. The format and mix of content will change over time as we learn what you want and need to get on a good trend.
Thanks for bringing us along in your youth baseball journey.