As you can see, six out of the top-10 are committed. This isn't' a knock on them at all. In fact, if they are talented enough to be recognized by this high magnitude of college baseball schools we should be congratulating them.
Are we REALLY Preparing our Young Players?
So how as a coach, parent, or instructor can we make sure our athletes are ready for the test. Now I don’t want you to take this article as you have to treat 6th graders like professional athletes or else they’ll never make it. But the building blocks for each athlete must be built before the test.
Everyone knows of or has trained the 12-year-old with the mustache who thinks they have it all figured out. The truth is up until the move to the bigger field, youth athletes can out-size their field of competition. However, as they begin playing on bigger fields against better competition, they now must show skill and talent to succeed.
When dealing with teenage hitters not only does anxiety and pressure play a factor, but mentality does as well. I’m not talking about competitiveness (if you create the right environment they will compete their butt off). But the mental focus and capacity to dive into the mechanics and specific details of the swing.