As my son progressed in select baseball, it became obvious that we needed extra help outside of normal practices to work on his pitching, catching and hitting form. The team was too busy working on drills, etc. to focus on just one player. We sought private coaching when he was 11 after he ran into some hitting struggles.
How do you know if you’re athlete needs private coaching?
If she/he is getting frustrated at perfecting their sport of choice and the current coach doesn’t have time or can’t “relate” well to your player. These are good signs that a private coach might be needed. Another sign, if your athlete has chosen to go “all the way” in the chosen sport and wants to play in college, chances are you’re going to need a private coach that will supplement the team sport your child is currently participating in.
When looking for private coach, you need to think about what you’re hoping to learn and how much experience the coach should have. You also need to consider your pocketbook and how much you as a parent can afford on private lessons. Coaches range from young, high school athletes hoping to earn some money to highly competitive coaches with years of professional experience. It’s also important to find a coach that your athlete can relate too… Nick had a few coaches that he just didn’t “speak their language”.
I would suggest writing down the characteristics you’re looking for in a coach. Include factors like age, sex, experience level, price and availability and proximity. Look online at coaches in your area (I found this cool website called Coachup.com that might be a good starting point for you), call a training club and ask for referrals or call your local high school sports coach and get suggestions. That is where we found our best personal coach for Nick.
And before you’re first lesson, I would suggest scheduling a time to watch the coach working with other players to make sure it is a good fit!