Aim Small, Miss Small- The Pitcher's Secret Weapon!Oct 12, 2023
As a youth baseball coach, you play a pivotal role in shaping the future all-stars of the game. It's not just about teaching the basics; it's about instilling a deep love for the sport and imparting valuable life lessons. Today, I want to share a game-changing piece of advice that could transform your young pitchers' performance on the mound: "Aim Small, Miss Small."
The Power of Precision
One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received as a pitcher is to "Aim Small, Miss Small." It's a philosophy that can revolutionize the way young pitchers approach the game. Let's break it down:
1. Understanding the Concept
When a catcher gives a target, it's more than just a suggestion; it's a precise goal. Whether it's a changeup, a curveball, or a fastball, the idea is to aim for a specific spot. For instance, for a changeup, you might target the top of the catcher's facemask. If it's a four-seam fastball on the outside corner, aim for a lace on the catcher's mitt.
2. Precision vs. Hope
The magic of "Aim Small, Miss Small" lies in reducing the margin for error. When young pitchers merely hope to throw a strike somewhere in the general strike zone, their misses can be significant – sometimes, by several inches. This means they might miss their target by a considerable margin, leading to inconsistent results.
3. Give Them Something Athletic to Think About
Encourage your young pitchers to embrace precision. By aiming for a small, specific target, they transform the mental aspect of the game. Instead of relying on luck, they take control of their pitches. If they miss by a few inches, the error is minimal, and they remain closer to their desired location.
4. The Impact on Development
Teaching precision pitching is not only about immediate results but also long-term growth. When young pitchers understand the concept of "Aim Small, Miss Small," they develop better control, consistency, and confidence. These are invaluable skills that will serve them well as they progress in their baseball journey.
As youth baseball coaches, we have the privilege and responsibility of nurturing the potential in our players. "Aim Small, Miss Small" is more than a pitching technique; it's a mindset that can shape your pitchers into precision artists on the mound. By instilling this philosophy, you're not just coaching them to be better players; you're preparing them for success on and off the field. So, let's dominate the diamond together, one precise pitch at a time!
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