Archive for January, 2012

GoWags Lite

I have an IPhone 4.  I can download all sorts of different apps.  From Angry Birds to The Holy Bible.

As I search for apps on my phone I notice there are “Lite” versions of apps. Turns out “Lite” versions are free. As I understand it, the goal is to introduce folks to just enough of your app that they want more.  Guess what.  More costs money.

Maybe we should have a GoWags Lite?!

What would that look like?

15 minutes of cage space? A 10 minute lesson? A workout with half reps? I laugh thinking about my 9 year old son doing the battling ropes with one arm. Would they play H-O-R instead of H-O-R-S-E? What if they wanted to use the Iron Mike?  “I’m sorry. You have GoWags Lite. You can’t hit…but you can bunt.”

Give them just enough of what GoWags has to offer that they can’t help but sign up for more. Mmmm…

GoWags Lite

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Your dad loves you but he doesn’t understand…

“You can’t miss that!”
“It’s right down the middle.”

I heard that over and over again last night in the cage beside me. I was in the middle of a lesson, or I would have said something.

This is the kind of stuff that is in our wheelhouse. Green Light Hitting is dedicated to developing young hitters. Both physical and mental.

That father just told his boy that “making contact” was priority #1.   He’s  developing a hitter that has no intention to drive the ball.  Just make contact. Put the ball in play.

We’ll probably see that boy in April and dad will wonder why he isn’t hitting the ball hard.

GreenLightHitting.com

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Bret Wagner

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On Authority – The irony of it all

So yesterday I wrote about how 99% of what we know is based “on authority”.  In other words, we trust people who claim to have more knowledge or education about a particular subject. The implications of this came to the forefront last night in one of my lessons.

I typically end my youth pitching lessons with some sort of plyometric activity. It’s important that developing youth pitchers understand the importance of training the body as well as their form. Usually, the parents love it. The kids….not so much.

Last night I ended my pitching lesson and suggested we do some lateral hops. The dad, on advice from an “expert”, suggested we do something else as jump training  can damage growth plates in young athletes.

Really???? A quick Google search confirmed my doubts.

Here is an article published by the NCSA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) regarding that very subject.

Turns out that it’s not dangerous. In fact, here is a direct quote:
“Childhood may actually be the ideal time to implement some type of plyometric training program because the neuromuscular system of children is somewhat ‘plastic’ and can therefore readily adapt to the training stress.”
Great kid. Great dad. Bad advice. Taken “on authority”.
Bret Wagner

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On Authority

Do you realize that 99% of what we know or believe is “on authority”.  I’ve never actually been to China, but I believe it to exist.  I’ve never seen Saturn, but I believe it to exist. I believe in Newtons Second Law of Motion (F=ma) but I certainly can’t prove it.

But what about those things you can question? Do you?

Lesson after lesson. Class after class. We provide kids with valuable information and mom and dad accept it “on authority”.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that you trust us. But, what about these potential zingers that other “reliable” coaches may give?:

“Get your back elbow up.”
“A walks as good as a hit.”
“Make it be a strike.”
“Keep your back foot still.”
“Get your arms extended.”
“Swing down at the ball.”
“Stay balanced.”

Here’s the thing. Good advice given at the wrong time in a players developmental curve is still bad advice.

Understanding when a player is ready for a certain piece of advice is what Green Light Hitting is all about.

Visit GreenLightHitting.com to understand more.

Bret Wagner

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I’m your huckleberry

Do you like the movie Tombstone as much as me? I was at Wake Forest when that movie came out.  I remember going to the theater 3 times to see it. It was that good.

If you’ve seen the movie, you no doubt remember when Doc Holliday, played by Val Kilmer, said “I’m your huckleberry.”

It’s my favorite scene.

I saw it again the other day. It’s so good. But, I somehow always manage to look at it through a different set of lenses. This time I had my coaching hat on. Watch Doc Holliday’s body language and compare it to Johnny Ringo’s.  Relaxed.  Calm.

Watch how Doc Holliday literally taps his gun. Talk about relaxation and concentration at the same time. I bet he would have made an amazing hitter 🙂

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Inertia of culture

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion.

Rarely do you think of inertia as it relates to culture. But it exists. And it’s equally resistant to change.

We’re a baseball training center so let’s talk baseball culture.

When I was growing up, kids played in their rec leagues and that was it. No such thing as travel baseball.

Nowadays, travel teams abound. What happened? Why the change?

It’s simple. If you try to appeal to everyone you inevitably appeal to no one. The skilled players get frustrated and want more while the less skilled players get overmatched. No fun for anyone.

Bill Cosby puts it another way.

“I don’t know the secret of success, but the secret of failure is to try to please everybody.”

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Bret Wagner

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Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson

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