The most important part of our job is to create lasting mechanics. Softball skills are single movements performed in a series. When this series of movements is continually performed they become muscle memory. We teach movements that help the body to perform repetitive actions which in turn minimize injury. When we see an athlete for the first time we evaluate their current state which allows us the opportunity to demonstrate a “now” vs. what they will eventually be able to achieve. Elite Softball Training will reprogram bad habits and replace them with proper technique to maximize your players potential.
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How long will it take my daughter to learn how to pitch?
Athletes learn and develop at their own pace but the typical learning curve is 3 to 6 months of training. This “development phase” emphasizes basic mechanical movements, understanding of motion and problem solving. These three components will help your athlete make adjustments based on the softballs movement, location and what the athlete “feels”.o add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.
How long before "muscle memory" is ingrained in an athlete?
An athlete that practices regularly (2 to 4 times per week) for 8 to 10 months will retain muscle memory even after a typical 2 month break. Not everything will be perfect after 2 months of rest but 90 percent of the mechanical movement is retained.
How many times a month should I take my daughter to lessons?
I request that I see my beginner students 1 time a week (4 times a month) or 1 time every 2 weeks (2 times a month). I usually see my advanced students 1 time a week to as little as 1 time a month. This decision is based on the athletes goals and act as “maintenance” sessions.
What learning techniques are used?
I have a vast amount of ideas and drills to help train the body into making a particular movement. Depending on the athletes obstacle, I will incorporate work out bands, BOSU ball, balance disks, weighted softballs, among others. The idea is to stimulate muscle activation and muscle memory. If the athlete can feel it she can replicate it. Athletes tend to learn in 3 ways: 1) verbal instruction, 2) Watching movement in past tense (example; from a video) and 3) Watching movement happen currently (example; seeing themselves in a mirror).
What is video analysis?
The most important tool I use for teaching softball techniques is video analysis. I record the athlete performing their current mechanics from various angles. I then play the video back to the athlete in order to discuss what needs improvement. I also have many examples of myself and other young athletes preforming the same motion from the same angles to help ensure the understanding of what needs to be achieved.