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The College Recruiting Journey with Walter Beede

Ep. 230

Walter is a father, coach, and advisor. He has been helping players and families with the recruiting process for over thirty years. In this episode, we talk about how parents should act during games, advice to kids who aren't getting recruited, not playing travel baseball before 14u, and verbally committing to a school as an underclassman. Walter just came out with a book to help families through the recruiting process.

“Committed : The Guide to Developing College Ready Recruits from Middle School Through High School”

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Are you a Division 1 College Baseball Player?

Ep. 264
I'm Patrick Jones and I used to be a hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Now I work with hitters in the private sector in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also help players with college recruiting.In today's episode, we're going to talk about college recruiting. Specifically, we're going to talk about division one players versus d2 and d3 players.Learn the reasons behind why certain players are getting recruited to Division 1 schools and why others aren't.It's a tricky topic to talk about because it's not always easy to see why certain players get chosen over others. But I think it's important for us to understand the reasons behind these decisions so players can better prepare for their future in terms of playing baseball in college and make sure they're doing everything they can to get recruited.SHOW NOTES:[1:34] Your age is important and the year you graduate is important.[2:11] All these big conferences are looking at you.[2:41] Remember how social media works you don't go viral by just doing ordinary things.[3:20]The journey is far from over for anybody who's committing as an eighth or ninth grader.[3:44] First thing is velocity.[4:09] Projecting.[4:34] Power five schools come in first and they try to get the top talent across the country.[5:08] From a position player standpoint one of those top talents to be picked up.[5:24] Defense is extremely important.[6:34] When you're comparing yourself to some other players you got to take into account that it's not just the bat.[8:03] Most of the time heading summer, heading into your senior year, and all of your senior year that's when the D2, D3, NAIA, and Jucos are recruiting players.[9:22] Division 1 players that are being recruited.[11:09] You need to be dominating where you're playing right now.[11:59] Pop times.[12:51]If you want to go play division one baseball you need to be around 100 miles an hour exit velocity.[14:39] They're looking at your swing.[15:16] Makeup from a position player standpoint[15:46] From a pitcher standpoint you need to be around 90 miles an hour.[16:54] At the college level it's about winning games.[17:09] Projectability and Mechanics.[19:17] Growth takes time.[20:29] Consistency leads to growth.Sign up for my email list and I'll send you free content every week via email with tips on being recruited into college Jones

Nutrition for Baseball and Softball Players - Dawn Weatherwax

Ep. 263
In today's episode, I speak to Dawn Weatherwax. Dawn is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in Sports Nutrition and Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an Athletic Trainer with a Certification in Strength and Conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association.She brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete's body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health.Dawn is an active member in the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Training Association (NATA), & Greater Cincinnati Athletic Training Association (GCATA).Dawn shares nutritional tips that will help players improve their game. Whether you are a professional athlete or an age-level player, in order to maximize success you must have a solid nutrition plan in place.She talks about the Nutrition piece like hydration and what it actually does from an athletic standpoint. She also offered a lot of great advice from her experience working with athletes from different levels because a lot of players don't realize that nutrition is an important part of playing any sport.She shares the importance of a training plan and routine for baseball and softball.Dawn is a wealth of information, and she's got tons of great tips and tricks to share with all players out there. We know that you'll walk away feeling like you've learned something new and valuable from this episode, so we can't wait for you to hear it!SHOW NOTES:[2:27] What would you say is the most common mistake that players make when it comes to nutrition?[3:15] Is there a certain amount of calories that you recommend players try to intake during the season?[13:03] Elite athletes, it's not necessarily what they do that makes them elite it's what they don't do.[23:12]It should be mandatory that you are bringing something with you to eat or snack on during the game.[24:30] Food is fuel.[24:52] If you’re 1% dehydrated your ability to track objects decreases by 10%.[25:28] This game is so mental if you can't focus and lock in and your eyesight's affected, what are we doing?[30:35] What's a good breakfast for a baseball or softball player?[36:15] One of the things that I'll tell players is because being able to hit the ball harder is such an important task in hitting.[46:42] How should players go about actually getting tested?[50:29] If someone does want to work with you or reach out to you what's the best way for them to get in contact with you?FOLLOW DAWN:Website:www.sn2g.comLandline:513-779-6444Facebook:Dawn WeatherwaxTwitter:@sn2goInstagram:sportsnutritiontogo

Louisville Softball Hitting Coach - Bryce Neal

Ep. 262
In today’s episode I speak to Bryce Neal, Bryce is the hitting coach of the University of Louisville.Bryce comes to Louisville after serving as an assistant coach at Bucknell University during 2021 season.Prior to his stint at Bucknell, Bryce served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State in 2020. He has also worked as a private instructor and spent five years coaching one-on-one private lessons at Perfect Timing Baseball and Softball in Springdale, Arkansas. In 2019 he worked as a camp instructor for LSU softball.From 2013 to 2015, he served as a director and coach for Midwest Nationals Baseball in Springfield, Missouri. While there he was in charge of developing training programs as well as travel logistics.He talks about softball from a development standpoint, hitting, recruiting, offensive strategy, and the mental side of the game.He shares some of his experiences in baseball and how he evolved as a coach.In this episode, learn how they do things at the University of Louisville.SHOW NOTES:[2:34] Why did you decide to go in the softball game?[4:12] What advice did your wife have for you when you came into softball?[5:32] Has anything particularly changed in your approach to working with hitters now on the softball side?[7:56] Being a hitter is the hardest thing to do and I think the second hardest thing to do in all sports just be a hitting coach.[10:03] What are you telling the hitters as they're going up on the index circle?[12:30] Would you say you're doing less talking now than you were doing before?[14:56] You don't believe in the word timing, can you elaborate on that?[18:47] Would you also work with hitters on their stance or set up to help with that time?[22:49] When you're out recruiting and watching hitters knowing maybe it might be different for other people but being progressive how you are is there anything specific you're looking for?[26:50] Is that just from your just gut and eyes tell you like they have good bath speed or they don't?[29:12] How do you go about knowing who to go watch?[32:19] What's a good home to first time that like you look down your stopwatch right that's a burner right there?[33:40] What about from a defensive side?[35:26] Are there other numbers that you're looking forward to at the camp from an exit velocity standpoint?[38:54] How are you going to go about helping him develop as a hitter from the time he's a young kid all the way up the chain?[42:42] How much parent involvement is too much?FOLLOW BRYCE:TWITTER:@LouisvilleSB@CoachNealPTINSTAGRAM:Louisvillesbbhn_3WEBSITE: