We recently decided to have a contest At I.T.S. Baseball, the research facility for Baseball Rebellion. We wanted to see how well our hitters could really explain the swing mechanics they’re learning in their own words. The contest was open ended meaning the hitters could write a paper, do a powerpoint, or a video. We wanted the kids to take some time, be creative, and do their best to show us how much they know. At the end, there was a clear top three we collected all the papers, videos, and power-points. Kevin P. and Ben R. both had really well thought out presentations complete with their own demos, Ken Griffey Jr. pictures, and descriptions. They will win FREE I.T.S. Baseball Dri-Fits of their choice for their efforts. But the winner came out of left field…
I’ve written about the winner before in my “How Young is Too Young” article that you can see here, and many people throughout the internet had their own differing opinions on if Carrick should even be allowed to take lessons, or the motivations of his parents for bringing him to lessons in the first place. Lots of people were concerned that he ‘couldn’t really understand’ the information we teach or that his parents were ‘pushing him too hard too early’ and that he’d be a ‘prime candidate for burnout’. Clearly, in a vacuum, I can see how people would have those concerns. But as an ethical business man and a person who genuinely cares about our hitters and pitchers both here at I.T.S. Baseball and Baseball Rebellion, I evaluated him as someone who I thought could try out our lessons and see how it goes. He has done great, but even I was surprised about how thoroughly he’d taken in the information and could not only demonstrate his knowledge in his swing, but also explain it. See Carrick’s information for yourself in the video below.
Honestly, when I saw this the first time, I teared up out of pure pride in what I had helped him build. Carrick, you’re a role model to all the people in this program, even if you only weigh 45 lbs. Every Single Player Learn From Carrick. Pros, College Guys, High School Players…Can you explain your craft to this level? If not…why not? You all tell me you want to play ‘in the big leagues’, but do you really have the informational mastery to achieve your goals?
And to those who STILL AREN’T SURE if Carrick likes our lessons and that his parents are PUSHING HIM TO BE HERE…the picture below pretty much stomps that out.
Parents: I assume many of you reading this article are paying for lessons, either in person or online. Can your kids explain the information at the same level as this 7 year old? Is your instructor getting his/her points across to your young hitter in a way they can repeat, understand and practice? If not, what are you buying? Every professional hitting instructor is friendly. We are all personable. We all have baseball stories about guys we played with/against. You’re not buying a friend for your child. You should be buying a technical and informational advantage. Again, all the ‘fun’ parts of lessons are just par for the course. They’re included. They’re easy to replicate.
What’s not easy to replicate, is this type of mastery by any hitter, let alone a kid at 7 years old. This is the difference we make in kids lives. And this is the example I want all of my players to follow. Carrick, take the lead young man, you’ve shown us all what’s possible by listening, learning, practicing, and loving not only the game of baseball but your lessons.
Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion
PS: I showed my 5 month old son, Bryant, Carrick’s video…He told me, “TAKE ME TO THE GYM DAD!” Heres what happened…
He’s coming for you Carrick…better keep working!