Baseball Rebellion Case Study: Online? In Person? Effective Either Way

Written By: Chas Pippitt

It is now baseball season for most of the country and High school to Little league have started or is around the corner.  Travel ball practices are picking up steam, heading into the hot, summer tournament season.  JK’s been doing most of the hitting writing at Baseball Rebellion for a while now, with some great articles on Cubs Prospect Javier Baez as well as another awesome one on Avoiding Swing Clogging Mistakes that can really derail a young hitter’s baseball season.  I wanted to get back into the swing of things by writing a dueling case study of Henry H. my youngest hitter (6 year old) and an in person client Zac S., a completely online, (12 year old) who has been in the program about 3 months.

Henry H., 6 Year Old In Person Client

Henry started hitting lessons with me about 9 months ago. He’s a quiet kid, but he loves baseball.  His dad, Thom, brought him in for an evaluation and I was very clear, that getting into our program as a 6 year old is very hard.  I wanted to make sure that Henry could pay attention and understand what I was going to teach him.  Thom understood, and Henry came in for his evaluation.  Here is Henry’s unedited video from his evaluation.  I am going to speak over the evaluation just so you can see the flaws and changes I saw at the time of his program entry.

Henry H. Unedited Evaluation Video with Chas Pippitt Voiceover

Henry In Training with the Rebel’s Rack Small and a Wooden Bat.

Henry Metal Bat Swing

Henry has improved greatly, as you can clearly see, and it’s due to the work and time he’s putting in with his father and mother, more than with me.  The key to learning is practice.  Henry practices 5 mins a night on specific things that I ask him to do.  Yes, you read that right…5 mins.  When you’re dealing with a young hitter, you must keep the lessons fun, light and energetic.  Henry loves his lessons, and we love to coach him because we trust him to do his ‘Baseball Homework’ every week.  Great Job Henry!  I wanted to show 2 pictures from Henry. The first is Henry’s drawing of Dodgers closer Brian Wilson. Henry did not know who he was at the time of a lesson, so his homework was to find out who Brian Wilson was and draw a picture of him.  Now, Henry’s rocking a sweet mohawk, so clearly Brian Wilson made an impact.  

Henry H. draws Brian Wilson as part of his Baseball Rebellion Homework

Henry H. draws Brian Wilson as part of his Baseball Rebellion Homework

The second is Henry getting into the most exclusive club in  Baseball Rebellion!  The ‘I hit the ball harder than I weigh’ club.  At 44 pounds soaking wet, Henry hits the ball 44.6 mph with wood.  Oh by the way…he came in at 29.6mph…how’s that for improvement percentage!?!?  

Henry H weighs 44lbs...hits is 44.6 mph.  GET SOME!

Henry H weighs 44lbs…hits is 44.6 mph. GET SOME!

Here’s what Henry’s dad, Thom, says about his experience with I.T.S. Baseball and Baseball Rebellion:

Chas’ teaching philosophy and positive reinforcement has Henry screaming with confidence and enthusiasm after each lesson. This not only keeps Henry excited about crushing a baseball but it flows over to all aspects of Henry’s life on and off the field. Chas’ approach to teaching my six year old son how to hit a baseball has far surpassed my expectations. Chas only expects and asks for what my son is capable of, being he is only six, and always uses a positive approach with Henry in every lesson. The goals and the manner in which Chas guides Henry to achieve them is age appropriate and is done with the students best interest first and foremost. The passion and energy that Chas and his staff posses is contagious to Henry and it is directly related to his progress.
-Thom H.

Zac S. 12 Year Old Online Client

Zac S. came into my program about 3 months ago.  He’s a big 12 year old, and I have a few kids his size in my program, but not many.  Larger kids tend to have a tougher time with the forward move and stopping their momentum, in the early stages of my program, but Zac was different.  When he got difficult drills, he didn’t get frustrated and quit, he practiced more.  He clearly put in the time needed with the Back Leg Angle Drill and Lean Drills (both of which I’ve showed versions of in articles on BaseballRebellion.com) to get to a really good place very quickly.  Below is Zac’s Before and After both on his SwingAway from the same angles.  The changes are really impressive.

Zac S. Before and After

As I said in the analysis, there’s a lot going right in that video on the right.  I know how long it took some of my in person clients that are his size to get good at this stuff. but Zac was awesome at it, almost instantly.  He did his drills, sent in his video drill checks, and made the corrections quickly and positively. When his dad, Chad, had a question, he emailed me and asked it. In any teaching situation, communication is key.  There is only one dumb question at Baseball Rebellion…the one you don’t ask.  Parental involvement and implementation of the drills are key and mom, dad and Zac’s little sister have all made cameo appearances in his videos, proving again that Baseball Rebellion Online Lesson training is truly a family affair.

Zac S. Batting Practice after Training

Many people are skeptical of online training.  I know it’s different, but it allows for a running and undeniable video log of a hitter’s progress….or lack there of.  Many times, kids and parents have a tough time taking criticism from each other.  The beauty of the online program is it puts mom/dad and the hitter on the SAME TEAM, working to correct the problems and tweaks that I point out.  This restores the connection between hitter and parent and when there is a disagreement, a quick email or a re-watch of your last lesson generally answers the question instantly.  Here’s Zac S. putting his training INTO ACTION at a batting cage against a moving ball.  Awesome! I Also Love that he’s repping his Baseball Rebellion T-Shirt in this video at the batting cages. You can get your Baseball Rebellion, ultra soft, T-Shirt Here or any of our Baseball Rebellion & I.T.S. Baseball Gear in our Store.

Here’s what Zac’s dad has to say about our program:

At first we were hesitant about trying online lessons for Zac. In the past we have had batting instructors work with him. They were all great mentors but when he left the 30 minute lessons it was hard for him to remember what was said and taught The video analysis was and is appealing to us because it really allows Zac and us to work together, review his mechanics and see his progression. The Baseball Rebellion online lessons have provided a plan of action for Zac to break down his mechanics, provide him drills to work on at his own pace and in an environment he can really enjoy and focus on. Chas provides one or two drills for Zac to work on, Zac works on them for 7-10 days, and we send back a video to Chas of him completing the drill to what Zac believes is the best of his ability. This process allows Zac to be 100% involved in how he evolves as a baseball player and is easier for him to understand what he needs to do. It wasn’t mom or dad making Zac go out and hit 100 balls off a tee or the swing away – Zac wants to go out and work on his drills and see his progression through his videos and feedback from Chas. We can’t say enough about the confidence Chas and Baseball Rebellion has instilled in Zac, the feedback is always directed at Zac and it presents both the positives and negatives. As Chas requested, we will be very happy to provide updates on Zac’s progress, especially in his upcoming games.

-Chad S.

Both of these players have shown the power of work ethic, willingness to change, constant drive to become better, and just sheer joy of practicing what they love.  Age is just a number, so while Henry is young, he’s also ready. Zac wanted to hit the ball harder. and he does now.  Zac earned his change.  I can only imagine how proud he is of his new swing.  Perhaps his dad will comment on this article and keep us all up to date on his progress and experience in the program.  I know Henry and Zac will continue to improve and I’ll keep looking forward to seeing them on my schedules and email lists as long as they remain part of the Baseball Rebellion.

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

P.S. NOTE:  JK Whited has started online lessons as well…so look for his ‘hire page’ to be popping up soon.  If you’d like to work wtih JK before his hire page is up, email me at Chas@BaseballRebellion.com and we’ll tell you how you can become one of his growing lists of clients). 

P.P.S.  In less than 60 days my Bat Drag Fix Product will hit the Baseball Rebellion Store!  Look for an article detailing the launch of the product and showing the excellent results we’ve already achieved with just our prototypes!  This one’s gonna be HUGE for youth players everywhere…and it’s going to be under $50 dollars…INCLUDING SHIPPING!  #BRrebel #BatDragBuster #GameChanger #WelcomeToTheRebellion

I’m tired from all that product work on the BR Bat Drag Buster…so I’m headed to bed.  Bryant’s already tuckered out from watching me try this thing out for the last 3 months!

Tired Child, Bryant Pippitt, Chas Pippitt

Bryant Pippitt sleeping on Chas Pippitt

Goodnight from the Baseball Rebellion Family and Justin, JK, Will, Gabe, Ryan and I all thank you for being a part of the Baseball Rebellion.

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Stephen Black
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Stephen Black

Chas – great job with Zac – that is a drastic improvement in his turn – Love it. I know he is workinghard on the right things – you do such a good job my friend!!!

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Robert Kennedy
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Robert Kennedy

For anyone reading this and contemplating online lessons, I can appreciate that you might have some skepticism. I was there a few seasons ago — furiously googling baseball swing tips and slowly realizing that the information out there is conflicting, counter-intuitive, and overwhelming. We came across Chas’ blog and took a bit of a leap of faith with online lessons, and couldn’t be happier The process is the furthest thing imaginable from an internet huckster’s “quick fix.” The swing pattern is taught in digestible chunks and Chas uses words and concepts that kids can follow and put into practice. If… Read more »

Bobby Shirer
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Bobby Shirer

How are you measuring ball exit speed. Is the ball pitched or on a tee?
For a 14 year old girl in fastpitch, is 63mph from a tee a good exit speed?

Eric Williams
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Eric Williams

This is another great article by Chas but he is being WAY to humble in this article. He puts all of the results on the kids. I understand the kids put in all of the work but Chas is telling them what items to work on. I took my son to a local “instructor” and for two months I sat there while the instructor taught absolutely nothing, he added no value. In no way did he ever communicate what we should be working on and why we were doing certain things. Chas allows every student to own their own progress… Read more »

Chad Stallman
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Chad Stallman

At first we were hesitant about trying online lessons for Zac. In the past we have had batting instructors work with him. They were all great mentors but when he left the 30 minute lessons it was hard for him to remember what was said and taught The video analysis was and is appealing to us because it really allows Zac and us to work together, review his mechanics and see his progression. The Baseball Rebellion online lessons have provided a plan of action for Zac to break down his mechanics, provide him drills to work on at his own… Read more »

Sean Barone
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Sean Barone

When you land at foot strike where should your bat be in comparison to your body like close or away from your body in order to achieve optimal rotation in the swing

Evan Leach
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Evan Leach

I have been working on this type of swing off of this website and youtube videos only. It’s coming along okay but I don’t get to go the cages often. I went yesterday and I instantly noticed that my timing was off and my back foot came way too far forward. I can fix the timing but how do I keep my back foot from coming up so far?

Gabe Dimock
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Evan,

It is hard to tell without seeing you swing but you are likely moving your head forward in your turn and ending with too much weight on the front leg. Are you interested in our online lesson program?

-Gabe Dimock

Evan Leach
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Evan Leach

I really am! I’m seriously buying this program and I love the way yo guys teach mechanics because it’s so much different than all the other coaches and you can see results immediately if you do the movements correctly. I live a couple hours away but I’m definitely interested! How can I get started?

JK Whited

Evan,

It’s really simple. You just need to go on the Online Lesson tab and click on “hitting lessons”. Watch the video and read through how the program works and then decide on which level of package you want to buy. The package that you buy will really depend on your available time and commitment level. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

JK-

Evan
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Evan

another question for you guys? how long does it normally take for your players to start seeing results during live bp and/or games?

Evan
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Evan

if I don’t have the rebel’s rack (which I will be getting for christmas along with the BDB), what is a good temporary replacement?

Gabe Dimock
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Evan,

You can hold a bat and pull it back against your chest. When you get the rebels rack, you can pair it with the Drive Developer and utilize all of the resistance drills we prescribe!

-Gabe Dimock

andrew sliwkowski
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andrew sliwkowski

BR,
“Steely-Eyed Missle Men”: A complimentary term, apparently used originally in reference to flight controller John Aaron[1] due to his resolution of an electrical system failure during the launch of the Apollo 12 mission (1969).[2]
Baseball version: a coach who teaches his student how to self-correct by quickly devises an ingenious solution to a tough problem while under extreme pressure.