1. List 3 things you learned during the Excel program.
2. What did you like best about the program?
3. What did you like the least about the program?
4. What did you like most about the coach?
5. What did you like the least about the coach?
6. If you were to participate in the program again, what would you like to see differently? What would you like to keep the same?
Thank you in advance for your sincere responses.
If you make the decision now that you WANT to work toward getting yourself better and enjoying the taste of a championship, or just being a better overall player, practice time will be much better spent. Ask for things you can do on your own for a few minutes a day and do them. It's the little things done consistently and with focussed effort that make you better in the end. You just have to decide if it is important enough to dedicate some discipline and patience to achieving the goals you've set out for yourselves. Enjoy the feeling that comes from working as a team and winning.
"IF YOU'RE NOT WORKING HARD, SOMEBODY ELSE IS" (John Wooden)
Coach Willy's HITTING ABSOLUTES:
1) Grip in base of fingers of top hand - may be more in palm of bottom hand.
2) Stance MUST BE BALANCED AND COMFORTABLE, WITH KNEES BENT AND WEIGHT INSIDE THE FEET.
3) Bat must be held LOOSELY and in the area of the back shoulder.
4) Eyes must be level to the ground.
5) Stride foot needs to be DOWN PRIOR TO INITIATION OF THE HANDS FORWARD.
6) Hands must direct the barrel of the bat on a DIRECT COLLISION COURSE WITH THE BALL. Swing should be short in the back and long in the front.
7) Bottom hand inititates direction, top hand provides the thrust/push to the ball.
8) The hips initiate the swing, with the hands lagging slightly behind, coming through as the hips are exploded into the ball, with the weight shifting against a firm front side.
9) Stay through the ball where it is pitched, with the chin staying over the back shoulder.
10) RHYTHM + TIMING = BALANCED ACCELERATION
If you're not sure what any of these mean, please ask at the next training session. It wouldn't be a bad idea to print them out and read through them, visualizing the swings in your mind. Take dry swings attempting to mimic any number of the above points. The more often you train your body with intelligence and physical discipline, the easier it will remember and become automatic.