Imagine an 8 year old hitter who throws the ball hard… but opponents are afraid to get into the batters box because no one knows where the ball will end up. The player throws strikes about half the time and the catcher is chasing the ball to the backstop the other half.
What would you tell this player to do? Probably to take some off and throw strikes right? But lets follow this through to the end of the story.
This player throws hard right now but in order to throw strikes and get success right now decides to just try to throw strikes. Afraid to throw hard lest the control problems return, this pitcher learns to throw strikes carefully. This brings success. Kids get themselves out and this kid continues to pump strikes. Unfortunately, in the midst of this success the pitcher has given up the quest for velocity to focus on command.
Now this pitcher is heading into high school. The high school coach has heard that this pitcher is very good and is excited about having a good pitcher coming up.
But the coach is disappointed when the player comes in. The pitcher doesn’t throw hard enough to get people out at the high school level. The player pitches about 5 innings the first year and not at all after that.
All of the instruction to that point was guiding this player to throw carefully. This can bring success at young ages but eventually kids need to be able to exert. In high school and beyond, if you don’t throw hard and hit the ball hard you will suck.
Kids need to learn to exert. They need to be able to perform at maximum effort. This is a skill that is lost along the way for most kids.
The truth is that kids everywhere in every sport go at less than full speed all the time. We call them 60 percenters. And they all suck.
You can’t be good at anything at 60% effort.
Our Big Bat system is designed to help create aggressive athletes who go 100% consistently on the field.