Ken Grall is one of the very best Coaches (and people) involved in our Athletic Revolution franchise of Youth Training Centers nationwide.
One of Ken’s young athletes (a 13 year old pitcher) has a Softball Coach who is rather… how shall I say this… INTENSE about what he thinks he knows to be true and right about all matters pertaining to strength and conditioning.
He and Ken recently had a disagreement about what was ‘best’ for the 13-year-old in question. With Ken’s permission, I’ve posted the return email “Mr. Softball Coach” sent declaring himself to be 100% RIGHT on all counts below:
I can assure you in my 40 years of youth training in women’s and girls’ fast-pitch softball and sports, coaching pitching for the Women’s Olympic teams from the USA, Russia, and Greece and too many D-1 colleges to mention, I have worked with trainers of all skill and degree, levels and ambitions.
In my time I have placed literally hundreds of female athletes with college programs across the country and consulted for many national championship programs.
So let’s leave it at that. Nothing personal but we don’t need “kid sport” or female athlete moralizing in this case, we need positive results and we need them quickly.
Only a fool wouldn’t realize that we are dealing with a maturing body and “mind”. But seeking to become and elite athlete by its nature will demand that that athlete work beyond the norm.
Competition demands it!!
The real world situation here is simple. Time is running out for her If (13 year old athlete) wants to successfully compete for a college scholarship.
To get one with real bucks she must be ready to compete at an elite level this year starting with her high school season.
Don’t forget, she is competing with every other youth pitcher between 12 and 16 years old in the United States for that opportunity to play D-1 ball and believe me there are hundreds at these ages ready and able to compete right now across the land.
Major college programs are already demanding verbal commitments from 14 year olds. Whether you or I like this is irrelevant… it’s a fact.
In real youth sports today, if you are not on track and being actively scouted by collegiate recruiters by 15-16 years old than it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever have a chance for the next level. She has had just enough resources to consider this competition to this point, but needs to accelerate big time this year.
Her training issues in every day terms appear to be: coordination, maintaining balance in motion, rhythm, timing all combining to a level that her elapse times from initial move to completion are too long re most efficient pitching mechanics.
She uses and losses too much energy moving that big body. All results in a reduction in performance. She must increase her ball and ball rotation speeds for quicker movement. She labors and cannot maintain a strong energy level through a full 7 inning or more contest. This adds to the reduction of ball speed and rotation resulting in a big decrease in performance.
The real question here is if your training will lead to “measurable” improvement over the next 6 months with regards to these sport specific issues???? We don’t have the luxury to dwell upon “The still-developing bodies of kids her age” procrastination excuse, if she is to achieve her goals !!
POST COMMENTARY FROM BRIAN…
I will refrain from adding my opinion. You likely know it by now.
I would like to add that in one earlier email, “Mr. Softball Coach” suggested that walking as an exercise was necessary because weight training of any kind would only serve to decrease the speed of this already slow child (due to the added bulk that would result).
Secondly, as a means to ‘drop weight’, “Mr. Softball Coach” suggested Weight Watchers.
I’m not the least bit kidding.
For the record and in case you missed it, the young athlete in question…
Is 13 years old.
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