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Texas A&M Softball Hitting Coach - Craig Snider

Ep. 253
In this episode, we have Craig Snider. Craig is currently the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M University. He won a National Championship when he was at his prior school, Florida State University, back in 2018.Craig talks a bit about what they do at Texas A&M from a development standpoint and what he's looking for in recruits. It's fun to go across onto the softball side and see some of the similarities and differences between baseball and softball, doing some cool stuff with force plates down there.He talks a bit about some of the fantastic projects behind the scenes.SHOW NOTES:[1:52] Why did you start and continue to stay in softball your entire career?[4:27] How have you evolved over those 21 years as a coach?[6:04] How have you gone about being able to make changes that show up in the game?[8:05] What good exit velocity for a college softball player?[9:09] Is there a team philosophy you have like I was listening to another podcast you did earlier. Did you talk about having a common language amongst your players?[10:36] Vertical elite-What would be elite?[10:46] Is there a correlation between the release point and vertical break?[10:58] What would be an approach to facing a pitcher with an eight to ten-inch vertical break?[15:24] Why would you want to run and swing, and I mean, is that just you're trying to hit ground balls?[17:40] If you see someone's a slapper, are you probably not to look at them?[18:23] What are you looking for from a defensive standpoint?[20:27] How do you identify players you want to recruit?[22:51] This is purely testing how the brain works, so this is actually like a blueprint of how your brain thinks and works.[26:31] What are the percentages for pitchers who throw change-up versus other pitches?[27:40] How do you give this information to the players?[29:48] What's something that you would say the majority of players out there if they worked on it, would help them in the long run?[33:09] Why do you think that is about players being on top of the play?FOLLOW CRAIG:TWITTER:Coach_SniderSBAggieSoftballWEBSITE:

The 12 Commandments of Amateur Baseball with Mark Helsel

Ep. 252
In this episode, I talk to Mark Helsel. Mark is the founder and current director of US Elite Baseball which is a successful travel baseball organization for several years. US Elite is one of the top travel baseball organizations in the country. He talked about practical guides for parents of young athletes and how to develop youth players.He shares tips with parents and coaches on how to act during practices and games.SHOW NOTES:[2:57] What separates US Elite Baseball?[4:40]What advice would you give to people across the country?[5:52] What's been a big challenge for your organization over the last couple of years?[6: 57] What's your take on dealing with parents?[10:42] What are some of the things that you you try to educate the parents on?[16:58 What I want parents to do is understand that everybody matures differently.[20:34] What do you tell parents if their kid isn't hustling, running hard, or being a good teammate?[22:51] Glass half empty type personality and baseball.[23:52] One of the things that I talk to our parents a lot about is you can't want this more than they want it.[27:47] We can just focus on the process the development and stop talking about how many hits we have.[30:27] Let them speak for themselves if they're gonna be a college athlete.[31:25] I would never let sports become a rift between me and my son.[35:10] When we call this game of failure.[38:41] We have a definition for the word commitment.[41:32] Four roles that you can play.[42:27] You got to trust us as your son's mentor.Follow US Elite BaseballTwitter:USElitebase

Travel Baseball, College Recruiting, and working with Hitters - Marcus Davis

Ep. 251
In today’s episode, I speak to Marcus Davis. Marcus is a hitting coach in the private sector but has been on each side of the spectrum from former Midland and professional player to now coach of the 17U Braves.He brings a wide variety of content about college recruiting,working with players, parents' expectations, and hitting as well.He talks about working with players in the cage.Learn about work habits and the ability of players to work through some adversity in this episode.SHOW NOTES[2:38] What's been your experience you coaching travel baseball last couple of years?[3:36] What are you looking for when it comes to just players on your team obviously you can't take everybody. What type of players are you looking for?[5:02] These days it seems that there are probably way more kids feeling that they're a top prospect when they're not actually but because of how early a lot of the recruiting is and social media. How did you handle the hype?[6:40] Do you see that though with other kids nowadays where they get some attention and then they maybe get a little bit complacent they stop working because they get an offer really early on for big schools?[9:34] Why do you need to be traveling all over the country if you're already really good at getting offers at a young age?[11:30] How do you go about choosing the tournaments that you guys are going to play in?[12:20] Are you guys able to practice during the summer and how does that work with the travel schedule?[13:49] You played at junior college in Walters state and then went on to Florida state, so you went from a junior college to a power five school.[22:33] How could you expect these parents and players to know what it's like?[28:39] Why did you decide to go to a power five school?[29:45] You already had performed at junior college which is good baseball it wasn't like you went from high school.[32:24] What if his thing is I might go to JUCO for a year and then try to transfer but he already has division one offers?[38:11] How do you go about helping your own guys?[40:43] Is there a system you have when it comes to working with guys?[42:48 ] If you're hitting baseballs over 100 miles an hour you probably don't need to set aside just an hour focused solely on bat speed training.[50:23]What's the best way for someone to contact you if they want to hit with you?FOLLOW MARCUS:Twitter:@_thehittingMDPatrick Jones Baseball

David Pearson - University of Iowa

Ep. 250
In today’s episode, I talk to David Pearson. David is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Iowa baseball program. He serves as the Hawkeyes’ hitting coach.David joins the program following a two-year run as an assistant coach at North Dakota State – his second stint with the Bison. He also has served as head coach at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) from 2016-19.In this episode, he shares tips and pieces of advice with young coaches and young players.He talks about how he goes about helping his players deal with failure.Learn from his coaching career at different levels from a Player Development standpoint and ways to get better as Coaches and Players.SHOW NOTES[3:17] What was it like playing baseball in North Dakota growing up?[4:17] When did you know that you wanted to get into coaching and that you want to be a coach?[5:08] Did you know when you started coaching were there certain things that looking back you're like probably shouldn't have done?[6:24] The biggest thing that I stress to a lot of young coaches.[7:17] What's like one thing that really drew you to go to Iowa?[8:26] Player development side at Iowa with the analytics department.[9:22] What's something that you've learned maybe it's been at Iowa or maybe just in general just from all your years coaching?[12:19] How do you help players with just dealing with failure?[15:06] Our game is so predicated on how confident I am and how successful a person's been in the past.[16:40] When you're in the box you need to see the ball big as you can and then trust your swing and be able all the work you've done in the weight room all the work you've done in the cages you have to be able to trust that when we get out onto the field you just now have to see the ball get a good pitch to hit.[17:18] I wonder how many more players out there who start out struggling and because they don't know how to handle it they don't know how to do some of the things that you just described right there they never see the light at the end of the tunnel.[19:08] Are there certain statistics or things that you emphasize to your players like for example in the minor leagues with the Orioles?[20:20] Do you find that college kids the players on your team that they can handle like some of the information that they're giving them about that day's starting pitcher and the scouting reports and maybe movement and everything like that in their bowl?[21:37] What's your take on teaching hitters two-strike approach?[24:50] A lot of the great ones have the adjustability to be able to keep their hands back and fight pitches and be off time and still make something happen.[25:46] Is hitting the breaking ball working on practicing hitting breaking balls off the machines something that you've done more of as your career has gone on?[27:32] Trying to get players to improve their eyesight by working with eye doctors locally.[29:27] Players now maybe focus more on the release point of the pitcher which allows them to see the ball better because of some of the stuff they're doing.[30:44] Do you guys still put the screens across the infield so the players can't hit ground balls?FOLLOW

Tyler Jackson - Morehead State University

Ep. 249
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND SUMMER RECRUITMENT WITH TYLER JACKSONIn today's episode, I speak to Tyler Jackson. Tyler has helped Liberty to the finals of an NCAA regional in 2021 and is in his first season on the Morehead State baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach.Tyler, who also was part of two NCAA Tournament qualifying teams at the College of Charleston, helped guide Liberty to 41 wins and the Atlantic Sun regular season title this past season. The Flames won two games in the NCAA Knoxville regional, eliminating Duke to reach the finals against host Tennessee.In this episode, he shares his experiences as a hitting coach on different levels.He talks about what he likes to emphasize with players during fall and during the season.He shares some Recruiting trail tips with everybody who’s in that process or will be in that process.In this episode learn how Tyler develops his players during the fall!SHOW NOTES[2:21] What's something that you're implementing now that you've learned from all your years of coaching and playing experience?[4:01] Why do you have that approach to coaching where it's more so kind of giving letting them take the reins and do what they want?[5:27]What are some of the things that maybe you could possibly share when it comes to getting ready for a game, is there a certain process that you have to help guys get ready to face a certain starting pitcher?[6:41] What are your thoughts on random versus block practice before a game?[7:36] What do the guys think of the machine?[8:43] What's been the biggest challenge?[10:17] What's your take on recruiting a high school player versus a JUCO or a transfer?[11:50] JUCO guys are a little bit different.[15:02] Are you looking for guys more so like up the middle first and then corner spots?[17:52] What value do you put on speed?[19:06] When you find out about a player and you look at maybe their pbr information like will you look at their 60 time there?[19:40] How do you find players?[20:18] Are you not always necessarily trying to recruit the very best player but you're trying to find a replacement for a player that's on your team right now?[22:39] Do you think that transfers and the transfer portal have hurt high school kids getting recruited?[23:31] Division one schools are done recruiting for the 2022 class.[25:22] How do you go about developing these guys in the fall when you have a little bit more time to work with them?[27:31] How little time you have versus how many players are out there. I mean you're the only hitting coach and you have all the over 20 guys.[28:37] Is there a certain philosophy that you guys have?[30:00] What is it like if you're coaching and there are maybe some players who aren't everyday starters?[32:26] Why would someone want to come and play at Morehead state?Follow Tyler:Twitter@tjacks17

Lessons Learned Through Baseball - Charles Schultz

Ep. 248
How to Achieve Greatness Charles Schultz is the Owner of Super Fit Ohio and Edge of Greatness Podcast. Charles has always been enthusiastic about the pursuit of excellence, both personally and in coaching others.He talks about why is it important to have relationships and build connections with players.He shares why coaches should have real conversations and open the door for players to understand that all these little things that they're working on are a specific part of their journey towards their ultimate goal.He talks about how players should sacrifice to achieve excellence in the field.Learn about the importance of proper mentality before and during the game.SHOW NOTES:[2:42]What does that mean to be great?[4:01]Building a system and then following through on the system.[4:29] When you're working with athletes they obviously want to be great so how do you go about instilling that in them and making it so it's applicable to them at their age?[5:47]Do you think it's really though sacrificing some of those other things like hanging out with friends or is it more so when they're just working harder and they're more focused?[7:42]From a hitting coach standpoint right where it's like we want these guys to be confident in the box and that comes from preparation of course but it also comes from you know feeling like you're part of a group or a community and I think having friends is important too.[10:28] Did you go back your junior year to what you were doing your freshman year or did you stay course the entire the rest of the way?[11:02] Why do you think you decided to change course after your freshman?[12:52] Do you think that if you would have went to a bigger school where there's more competition and you wouldn't have been able to be comfortable?[14:55] Where were you thinking about transferring to?[16:33] There are opportunities south at smaller schools that are considered d2.[16:55] When you graduate after your senior year did you have any independent opportunities to continue playing baseball?[18:37] How important age is in professional baseball?[19:30] If you feel like you're ready to move on and you're ready to roll, and from a strength conditioning standpoint too when did that start taking place right after you got done playing?[20:22] What's it like at your facility give us some background on like how you go about what's the system like there when it comes to kids coming in to train?[21:44] What do you like better the lifting part or working with hitters?[22:26] What's the smartest thing you've ever done as a coach?[22:37] On the flip side, what's the one thing that you did as a coach that you know maybe was like a failure but you learned from it made you a better coach?[24:41] On the business side of your strength conditioning business that you have, what are some of the things that maybe have surprised you since you owned a business?[25:57] What's your vision?[30:27] High school baseball's tough.Follow Charles: WebsiteTwitter

Kyle Decker - Assistant Coach at University of Dayton

Ep. 247
In today's episode, I speak to Kyle Decker. Kyle was brought on as an assistant coach in November 2020. He came to the Flyers after working as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard University for the previous two years. While there he helped lead the Crimson to the 2019 Ivy League Championship and a spot in the Oklahoma City Regional in the 2019 NCAA Championship.He served as a volunteer assistant coach at UMass for one year and as an assistant coach for the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.He gave some tips on recruiting and shared what he is looking for in a player. He talks about what he would recommend to other coaches out there who are looking to get into college baseball.We also talk about the challenges of being a volunteer coach and the sacrifices he made to coach at the collegiate level. SHOW NOTES:[2:24] Did you grow up a Boston Red Sox fan?[3:29] The head coach at Harvard University.[5:10] You grew up with a dad as a coach.[5:44] What's one thing that you've learned since becoming a baseball coach?[7:02] Turning into a nightly championship program.[7:32] What's your favorite thing about player development?[8:42] What would you say is the ultimate goal for most of the players that you've coached?[10:09] How do you know when it's time to not talk too much vs when you need to talk more.[11:47] What's your take on challenging guys vs traditional bp model 2[18:42] Have you ever actually thought about getting into professional baseball?[21:03] Are you always putting out your best 9 or are you sometimes gonna give guys a chance to maybe to don't get to play that often during midweek games so they can develop too?[23:58] If you had a son who was in high school who wanted to play college baseball, what would you focus on him from a development standpoint?[28:11] Do you wish you would've had a more diverse upbringing?[34:00] What was it like playing in Belgium? How did you get there?[37:49] What is it like to be a volunteer coach?[44:41] What's the hard thing about recruiting that people don't know?[47:25] How often do the parents play a role in you wanting to recruit that player?[50:05] If someone wanted to play for you, what would be the best way to get your attention?FOLLOW KYLETwitter: @Coach_DeckInstagram: kyle_deckahhPatrick Jones Baseball

A 30 year-old playing college baseball - Kirk Cabana

Ep. 246
In today’s episode, I speak to Kirk Cabana, Assistant Baseball Coach for Carolina University.He shares his experiences being a Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Baseball Coach. He talks about establishing a culture, direction, and foundation for player development. He talks about the importance of having a growth mindset towards everything and finding your pursuit of purpose, making it to the next level, and making a difference.He shares tips on how to build the foundations & values that make players better at sports and life.He motivates players to find that drive towards the things that they believe.Learn the importance of connecting with people that encourage you along the process in this episode.SHOW NOTES[4:04] Why were you playing college baseball at 30 years old?[5:00] What were you doing all up into your 20s?[9:11] How did you go about actually getting the coach to let you be on the team?[15:59] How did the season go?[17:44] After that season, what was next?[21:32] Senior season.[22:34] The leadership that you would bring and how you would help out those younger guys who are still trying to find their way.[23:23] What do you think of coaching so far?[25:05] We are all going to get drafted in life and so what you do right now sets yourself apart from your competitors in life.[25:30] What are you getting your masters in?[26:28] What's your vision for yourself?[27:51] Having a growth mindset towards everything.[28:21] What are you looking to work with people in sports or out of sports?[28:35] Finding pursuit for purpose.[30:25] What's your vision with your podcast?[32:24] The definition of success. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.[33:52] What I want to do next and how I can make things better.[35:43] We get to do things rather than got to do things. It changes our mindset.[36:17] What's a typical day like game day for Carolina university?[37:59] We got to do bat testing for college baseball.[38:23] Is that every level they're doing that?[40:52] Head coach of an independent baseball team.FOLLOW KIRK:Podcast: pursuit4purposeInstagram: pursuit4purposeLinkedIn: Kirk CabanaTwitter: CoachKirkCabanaPatrick Jones Baseball

Shane Sharkey - Assistant Coach at Brookhaven College

Ep. 245
In today's episode, I speak to Shane Sharkey. Shane has been a part of the success of Brookhaven Baseball for years. He was a member of the 2013 team that reached the NJCAA DIII World Series. He was an Assistant Coach on the 2019 team that reached the NJCAA DIII World Series.In this episode, he shares how he recruits future JUCO players. He shares what coaches are looking for when it comes to players that they want to bring into a program from a scouting standpoint.He gives advice to coaches and players going through the recruiting process at different levels.SHOW NOTES[3:13] What's the best thing about junior college baseball that people don't know?[4:19] When it comes to recruiting and that process how late do you usually sign guys?[5:09] What's the tuition like compared to a four-year college?[5:53] Different divisions people don't know about junior college baseball.[6:38] Do you guys get many transfers from four-year colleges?[7:09] What are you guys specifically looking for when it comes to players that you want to bring into your program from a scouting standpoint what are you looking for?[7:50] What are your responsibilities at school?[8:30] What are the hours normally like in season and then offseason?[9:08] There are really no guidelines or rules when it comes to Junior college baseball practice.[9:45] You played at Brookhaven.[10:04] Would you want to be a head coach someday?[10:34] If you go to the high school level would you teach at the high school too?[10:59] I know you played the following year too at out in Bakersfield how did that year go?[11:57] Did you know right away you want to get back into coaching?[13:35] In your own words what would be the advice you would give to people kind of going through that recruiting process and the different levels?[15:57] How do you guys go about helping players or is there or do they do it on their own go from juco to their next stop?[17:09] Are you picking up the phone yourself and calling these schools?[17:56] How many times do you think those coaches read those compared to if you call as a coach?[18:41] What kind of questions is that coach asking you when you've sent information to him?[19:28] How many times would you say you call coaches and do they usually want to go see them or how do they want the player to come to work out for them at their school like how does that work?[20:10] Do college coaches come and watch your guys' games during the season?[20:27] You try to go and watch some high school games how does that work when you're so busy during the season with Brookhaven in college and coaching them?[21:04] What's been the one thing that you've learned in coaching so far in your past several years that you've been doing it since you were done playing?[23:10 Do you work other jobs during the year?[24:54] What would be the advice you would give to someone who wants to get into college coaching?[27:03] Sacrifice is a fantastic word.[27:57] How do you guys go about trying to develop those players who may not be as good as the top-tier guys?[29:20] Would you say the biggest difference is they're hitting or is it fielding?[29:51] Do you guys have a certain philosophy when it comes to hitting an approach?[31:40] Is there a specific system you have for trying to develop infielders?FOLLOW SHANE:Twitter: @CoachSharkeyInstagram: coachsharkeyLinkedIn: Shane SharkeyPatrick Jones Baseball