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Last Post 14 Feb 2018 12:48 PM by  Steve Johnson
Dealing with coaches teaching bad mechanics
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Tyler Barrett

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07 Feb 2018 10:00 PM
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Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with your son’s coach when he is teaching things contrary to what I am teaching from this site? I’ve told my 10U son to verify with me before he tries to implement anything his coach tells him, but I see this getting to be a problem as this season goes forward. For example, he keeps telling my son to keep his elbows down in his ready stance, especially his front elbow. I think he looks like he is just n a very good ready position, but the coach keeps harping on it. At first I just told him to take his few swings with coach doing what he asks, and then we will keep working on proper mechanics. But I foresee this continuing through the year, with the coach yelling at him when he is at bat to drop his elbows, and even calling timeouts to harp on it when he is at bat. I think I need to do something now to nip it in the bud or it will affect his ability to progress this year and possibly hurt his playing time.

Steve Johnson

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14 Feb 2018 12:48 PM
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I'm sure that's tough. Luckily, I haven't run into that yet, but I'm sure I will. Here is how I would handle it if I was in that situation today. Get a collection of images of the best hitters in MLB history in their stances (I have hundreds of them saved on my phone in evernote). Talk to the coach after a practice, and approach it as if you don't know much about hitting, but you have a collection of the greatest hitters that ever played. Tell him you can't help but notice that these players have their elbows up, not down. Be humble about it. Inquire why he is so insistent on it. He will likely push back, but keep referencing Mickey Mantle, George Brett, Trout, etc. Perhaps he won't relent, but you don't either, but make sure you approach it as you are wanting to learn and evidence appears to be on your side. He may have counter examples, but you have yours as well, so tell him your son prefers the Mantle/Brett/Trout style and your son will stay that way. He's hitting well, so why change what works? If that doesn't work, I would find a new team.
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