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This baseball podcast will be centered around player and coach development. We will discuss everything from mechanics, the mental game, practice design, and even college recruiting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Continue Reading >>
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Seattle University Recruiting Coordinator - Millard Dawson Millard Dawson enters his fifth year with the baseball program at Seattle U in 2021-22, and his fourth as an assistant under Head Coach Donny Harrel. In his first season, Dawson served as a student manager for the Redhawks. He assists with the recruiting, small-game offense and outfielders, while also serving as the team's first base coach.Millard shares his experiences being a competitor playing multiple sports and how he's grown as a hitter over the years. He tells us about professional baseball and what it all takes to be a complete hitter. He also talks about letting players be their own hitting coach.He shares the importance of understanding how the body moves in sequence and getting hitters to understand how their body moves via drills or constraints from the ground up.Millard shares some tips on how to be successful from a hitting standpoint. He talks about why he wants to give back to the youth and college athletes and help them learn from the mistakes that he made along the way.In this episode, he touched base on Mental skills and breathing during fall ball and the importance of doing the right things at all times.SHOW NOTES:[2:31] What were you hoping to do with your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Health Promotion?[3:52] What are some ways that you help hitters figure out their own body and how it's supposed to move, are there certain constraints or drills that you like to use with your hitters?[5:22] The whole process of you deciding to try to play football and baseball at a very high level in college and ending up in professional.[10:49] What are some of those mistakes you felt like you made back then that you help make sure guys steer away from?[13:30] What's the right way to approach you as a coach if you recommend something to a player but they feel comfortable doing it their own way?[17:05] How much do you promote just the competition within?[19:29] What's your take on doing those types of things to help build confidence within players in that competition?[22:08] what about lifting during the season?[23:44] What's a typical fall ball day if you're a hitter?[25:53] What's your take on small ball versus trying to hit for power?[27:44] Is it important for you as a recruiter to make sure each guy can lay down a bun?[28:52] What are some things that you know you've learned since you've started scouting, recruiting, and watching players?[30:32] Do you watch kids?[31:56] From a pitching standpoint is there a certain amount of starts or a certain amount of games you need to see from him before you're ready to make an offer?[33:05] What about looking for position players who strictly play up the middle?[34:10] Is there a certain time like home to first time or 60 time that really catches your eye?[35:11] What about arm strength for outfielders?[36:46] Is it hard to evaluate an outfielder though from their range standpoint?[39:52] How do you go about developing them as human beings?[41:49] Do you guys name captains?[45:03] Are you guys utilizing the transfer portal?[47:16] What advice would you give yourself being a recruiting coordinator on just how to go about getting them seen and getting recruited like what should they be focusing on?FOLLOW MILLARD:Twitter:@SeattleUBase@Coach_MDawson42Email:dawsonmillar@seattleu.edu See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Seattle University Recruiting Coordinator - Millard Dawson Millard Dawson enters his fifth year with the baseball program at Seattle U in 2021-22, and his fourth as an assistant under Head Coach Donny Harrel. In his first season, Dawson served as a student manager for the Redhawks. He assists with the recruiting, small-game offense and outfielders, while also serving as the team's first base coach.Millard shares his experiences being a competitor playing multiple sports and how he's grown as a hitter over the years. He tells us about professional baseball and what it all takes to be a complete hitter. He also talks about letting players be their own hitting coach.He shares the importance of understanding how the body moves in sequence and getting hitters to understand how their body moves via drills or constraints from the ground up.Millard shares some tips on how to be successful from a hitting standpoint. He talks about why he wants to give back to the youth and college athletes and help them learn from the mistakes that he made along the way.In this episode, he touched base on Mental skills and breathing during fall ball and the importance of doing the right things at all times.SHOW NOTES:[2:31] What were you hoping to do with your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Health Promotion?[3:52] What are some ways that you help hitters figure out their own body and how it's supposed to move, are there certain constraints or drills that you like to use with your hitters?[5:22] The whole process of you deciding to try to play football and baseball at a very high level in college and ending up in professional.[10:49] What are some of those mistakes you felt like you made back then that you help make sure guys steer away from?[13:30] What's the right way to approach you as a coach if you recommend something to a player but they feel comfortable doing it their own way?[17:05] How much do you promote just the competition within?[19:29] What's your take on doing those types of things to help build confidence within players in that competition?[22:08] what about lifting during the season?[23:44] What's a typical fall ball day if you're a hitter?[25:53] What's your take on small ball versus trying to hit for power?[27:44] Is it important for you as a recruiter to make sure each guy can lay down a bun?[28:52] What are some things that you know you've learned since you've started scouting, recruiting, and watching players?[30:32] Do you watch kids?[31:56] From a pitching standpoint is there a certain amount of starts or a certain amount of games you need to see from him before you're ready to make an offer?[33:05] What about looking for position players who strictly play up the middle?[34:10] Is there a certain time like home to first time or 60 time that really catches your eye?[35:11] What about arm strength for outfielders?[36:46] Is it hard to evaluate an outfielder though from their range standpoint?[39:52] How do you go about developing them as human beings?[41:49] Do you guys name captains?[45:03] Are you guys utilizing the transfer portal?[47:16] What advice would you give yourself being a recruiting coordinator on just how to go about getting them seen and getting recruited like what should they be focusing on?FOLLOW MILLARD:Twitter:@SeattleUBase@Coach_MDawson42Email:dawsonmillar@seattleu.edu See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Are you a Division 1 College Baseball Player? I'm Patrick Jones and I used to be a hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Now I work with hitters in the private sector in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also help players with college recruiting. In today's episode, we're going to talk about college recruiting. Specifically, we're going to talk about division one players versus d2 and d3 players.Learn the reasons behind why certain players are getting recruited to Division 1 schools and why others aren't.It's a tricky topic to talk about because it's not always easy to see why certain players get chosen over others. But I think it's important for us to understand the reasons behind these decisions so players can better prepare for their future in terms of playing baseball in college and make sure they're doing everything they can to get recruited.SHOW NOTES:[1:34] Your age is important and the year you graduate is important.[2:11] All these big conferences are looking at you.[2:41] Remember how social media works you don't go viral by just doing ordinary things.[3:20]The journey is far from over for anybody who's committing as an eighth or ninth grader.[3:44] First thing is velocity.[4:09] Projecting.[4:34] Power five schools come in first and they try to get the top talent across the country.[5:08] From a position player standpoint one of those top talents to be picked up.[5:24] Defense is extremely important.[6:34] When you're comparing yourself to some other players you got to take into account that it's not just the bat.[8:03] Most of the time heading summer, heading into your senior year, and all of your senior year that's when the D2, D3, NAIA, and Jucos are recruiting players.[9:22] Division 1 players that are being recruited.[11:09] You need to be dominating where you're playing right now.[11:59] Pop times.[12:51]If you want to go play division one baseball you need to be around 100 miles an hour exit velocity.[14:39] They're looking at your swing.[15:16] Makeup from a position player standpoint[15:46] From a pitcher standpoint you need to be around 90 miles an hour.[16:54] At the college level it's about winning games.[17:09] Projectability and Mechanics.[19:17] Growth takes time.[20:29] Consistency leads to growth.Sign up for my email list and I'll send you free content every week via email with tips on being recruited into college baseball.patrickjonesbaseball.com/recruitTWITTER:@pjonesbaseballINSTAGRAM:pjonesbaseballFACEBOOK:Patrick Jones See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nutrition for Baseball and Softball Players - Dawn Weatherwax In today's episode, I speak to Dawn Weatherwax. Dawn is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in Sports Nutrition and Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an Athletic Trainer with a Certification in Strength and Conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association. She brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete's body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health. Dawn is an active member in the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Training Association (NATA), & Greater Cincinnati Athletic Training Association (GCATA).Dawn shares nutritional tips that will help players improve their game. Whether you are a professional athlete or an age-level player, in order to maximize success you must have a solid nutrition plan in place.She talks about the Nutrition piece like hydration and what it actually does from an athletic standpoint. She also offered a lot of great advice from her experience working with athletes from different levels because a lot of players don't realize that nutrition is an important part of playing any sport.She shares the importance of a training plan and routine for baseball and softball.Dawn is a wealth of information, and she's got tons of great tips and tricks to share with all players out there. We know that you'll walk away feeling like you've learned something new and valuable from this episode, so we can't wait for you to hear it!SHOW NOTES:[2:27] What would you say is the most common mistake that players make when it comes to nutrition?[3:15] Is there a certain amount of calories that you recommend players try to intake during the season?[13:03] Elite athletes, it's not necessarily what they do that makes them elite it's what they don't do.[23:12] It should be mandatory that you are bringing something with you to eat or snack on during the game.[24:30] Food is fuel.[24:52] If you’re 1% dehydrated your ability to track objects decreases by 10%.[25:28] This game is so mental if you can't focus and lock in and your eyesight's affected, what are we doing?[30:35] What's a good breakfast for a baseball or softball player?[36:15] One of the things that I'll tell players is because being able to hit the ball harder is such an important task in hitting.[46:42] How should players go about actually getting tested?[50:29] If someone does want to work with you or reach out to you what's the best way for them to get in contact with you?FOLLOW DAWN:Website:www.sn2g.comLandline:513-779-6444Facebook:Dawn WeatherwaxTwitter:@sn2goInstagram:sportsnutritiontogo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Louisville Softball Hitting Coach - Bryce Neal In today’s episode I speak to Bryce Neal, Bryce is the hitting coach of the University of Louisville. Bryce comes to Louisville after serving as an assistant coach at Bucknell University during 2021 season. Prior to his stint at Bucknell, Bryce served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State in 2020. He has also worked as a private instructor and spent five years coaching one-on-one private lessons at Perfect Timing Baseball and Softball in Springdale, Arkansas. In 2019 he worked as a camp instructor for LSU softball. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a director and coach for Midwest Nationals Baseball in Springfield, Missouri. While there he was in charge of developing training programs as well as travel logistics.He talks about softball from a development standpoint, hitting, recruiting, offensive strategy, and the mental side of the game.He shares some of his experiences in baseball and how he evolved as a coach.In this episode, learn how they do things at the University of Louisville.SHOW NOTES:[2:34] Why did you decide to go in the softball game?[4:12] What advice did your wife have for you when you came into softball?[5:32] Has anything particularly changed in your approach to working with hitters now on the softball side?[7:56] Being a hitter is the hardest thing to do and I think the second hardest thing to do in all sports just be a hitting coach.[10:03] What are you telling the hitters as they're going up on the index circle?[12:30] Would you say you're doing less talking now than you were doing before?[14:56] You don't believe in the word timing, can you elaborate on that?[18:47] Would you also work with hitters on their stance or set up to help with that time?[22:49] When you're out recruiting and watching hitters knowing maybe it might be different for other people but being progressive how you are is there anything specific you're looking for?[26:50] Is that just from your just gut and eyes tell you like they have good bath speed or they don't?[29:12] How do you go about knowing who to go watch?[32:19] What's a good home to first time that like you look down your stopwatch right that's a burner right there?[33:40] What about from a defensive side?[35:26] Are there other numbers that you're looking forward to at the camp from an exit velocity standpoint?[38:54] How are you going to go about helping him develop as a hitter from the time he's a young kid all the way up the chain?[42:42] How much parent involvement is too much?FOLLOW BRYCE:TWITTER:@LouisvilleSB@CoachNealPTINSTAGRAM:Louisvillesbbhn_3WEBSITE: https://coachnealpt.medium.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Entrepreneurship, College Recruiting, and Coaching with Paul Reddick In today's episode, I speak to Paul Reddick. Paul is the Founder of the Baseball Education Center.Paul is also one of America's top young speakers. He speaks to numerous youth, high school, college, and business groups every year. Paul's speaking career is centered around empowering youth and college groups to achieve lasting success, greater friendships, and healthy relationships.In this episode, he talks about The Recruiting Process, The Politics in Baseball, Scholarship System, Baseball Culture, Player commitment, Self-development, and Building Relationships.He talks about how he helps players get better and offers advice to aspiring players who want to be recruited.Listen to learn more about baseball camps in this episode.SHOW NOTES:[5:54] While you were doing this were you also coaching too?[8:08] What advice would you give yourself 20 years ago?[11:40] What's your take on social media and recruiting?[17:03] Why does he need to win?[17:48] If a college coach loses his job.[18:28] When parents ask me all the time won't coach take a chance on a kid it's not that they don't want to. [20:10] The Evaluation Process[21:14] Position Players.[21:47] How do you go about trying to educate players and kind of getting them off of the D1 or bust mentality?[31:17] What's your take on players committing early like before their junior year to a school?[33:52] If you had a son who was a very good player in freshman and sophomore[36:26] Your own theories on what would happen in the next couple of years.[42:21] Do you like the NIL deals?[46:12] Why did you start being an entrepreneur?[59:24] You've been a speaker.[1:02:27] What do you like the most?[1:09:27] What's the best way for people to connect with you?FOLLOW PAUL:Website:https://baseballeducationcenter.com/paulreddick567.comInstagram:paulreddick567Twitter:@PaulReddick567Phone:201-323-0840 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Creighton University Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator - Connor Gandossy In today’s episode, I speak to Connor Gandossy. Connor came to Creighton in the fall of 2017 from Saint Louis University, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons. Prior to coaching at Saint Louis, he was an assistant coach at Jefferson College.Connor has been an instrumental part of the Bluejays’ successes leading to a trip to the NCAA Regional finals in 2019. The 2019 team was ranked among the 25 teams in the nation and claimed the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament championships.He is responsible for recruiting, developing catchers, and working with the offense for the Bluejays, the same responsibilities he had at Saint Louis.In total Connor has coached 28 players who were drafted by MLB. In addition to the teams’ on the field accomplishments, 25 Bluejay players were named to the 2018-2019 BIG EAST All Academic team.In today's episode, he talks about leadership, development, how to go about recruiting, how to utilize the transfer portal, what specifically he is looking for when recruiting a player, who is he talking to, fall ball, and summer baseball for high school and college players.SHOW NOTES:[2:36] How do you utilize the transfer portal?[4:07] Has the transfer portal affected how you go about recruiting?[5:16] How do you go about identifying those high school players?[7:10] Is there ever a time when you go to see one of a player's games and hope that nobody else from another school is there so you can see how he acts and plays?[8:53] How much time do you make before making an offer?[10:40] Is it common for coaches to have several offers out?[12:24] How did you become a good recruiter in college baseball?[14:14] What's the biggest thing that you learned when you started recruiting?[15:01] What do you prefer coaching or recruiting?[16:23] What's a typical fall like for you guys from a development standpoint?[18:57] How long does it take some of these kids to get used to that failure in practice?[20:30] Is there a different mindset or approach just based on how big it is at home versus on the road?[24:58] How do you present presentations?[26:20] What made you change styles?[27:17] After each season do you sit back and have fun or reflect on the last season?[30:15] Do you find that for some players to be more beneficial to stay back at Creighton and work out?[32:52] Has the college summer league declined a bit?[34:36] What percentage of players that you have this past year are playing summer ball?[35:48] Does Creighton have private academic money that you can give to kids?[37:08] What's your favorite spot in Omaha?FOLLOW CONNOR:Instagram:Cgandoss6Twitter:@cgandossy6LinkedIn:Connor Gandossy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Art of Coaching Pitchers with Steve Merriman In today’s episode, we have Steve Merriman. Steve returned to the Wolverines baseball program for the 2021 season after previously serving as pitching coach in 2002 and 2012, in addition to starting his coaching career at U-M as a hitting coach in 1995.Steve worked in the Colorado Rockies organization, where he was the minor league pitching co-coordinator and pitching coach for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.He worked with the Chicago Cubs in 2018 at their high-tech pitching lab in Mesa, Ariz., and has other professional coaching experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Detroit Tigers organizations.He currently serves on the advisory board for OnBaseU and has previously served in various professional roles, including area scout, AA pitching coach, and MiLB Pitching Coordinator. He has also coached at all levels of college baseball, including three seasons at Michigan.In this episode, he shares his insights based on his experiences helping players improve their mechanics and he speaks of his philosophy and expertise as a pitching coach at different levels. Also, he shares advice for dads out there coaching their sons. He explains the best approach for pitchers, the importance of player development, having a routine, and communication.In this episode, learn the importance of having a growth mindset.SHOW NOTES:[2:33] What advice would you have for dads out there coaching their own sons?[8:11] Timing and Tone.[12:38] Do you have someone in the last bucket who just does not want to listen to you or anybody else?[17:03] Is there a level that reflecting back on your career so far that was a ton of fun I really enjoyed that level?[20:49] How do you go about if you see something in a pitcher like we need to add this pitch to your repertoire?[24:41] What advice would you give them from just a pitching standpoint for high school pitchers out there and what to focus and work on?[29:51] Roger Clemens and how at times he didn't throw necessarily an actual change up but he would just take some off of his fastball.[32:52] What advice would you give to hitters?[34:34] How often do you think pitchers are tipping pitches that you can pick up on?[36:11] What are you focus on as a pitching coach?[38:55] What would be from a pitching coach's perspective and your experience some ways that you've helped pitchers improve their mechanics?[42:42] Why not external, could you dig in as to why you don't think that's necessarily the best approach for pitchers?[45:08] What about helping players with the mental side of the game?[47:41] What are some of the ways that you've been able to help them?FOLLOW STEVE:TWITTER: @SMerrBullpen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Duke University Pitching Coach - Brady Kirkpatrick In today's episode, I speak to Brady Kirkpatrick. Brady joined the Florida Atlantic University staff as pitching coach in September of 2021. Brady comes to FAU most recently having coached at Harvard University for the past three years. Prior to Harvard, he coached for two seasons at Monmouth University. Before that, he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Rochester University, and coached two summers with the Mountain West College Summer League as well. Brady’s playing career began at the University of Maryland, for three seasons. He finished his college career at the University of San Diego, and began coaching there as well, in the fall of 2015 as a volunteer assistant.In this episode, he talks about the landscape in the summertime as a Division I baseball coach.He says that players need confidence to improve, and that confidence comes with preparation and organization.He shares what he does every day when it comes to recruiting. He talks about structure and the mechanical side of things.In this episode, we'll take a look at why command is important for younger pitchers.SHOW NOTES:[2:28] What's the landscape in the summertime for a division one college coach?[4:03] How do you identify players you want to look at in the transfer portal?[5:38] Is there a red flag when you see someone in the transfer portal?[7:07] You guys had a prospect camp where you can actually work with the players when is that and I didn't know you're allowed to work with players at your camps?[9:21] What's something that you see as a flaw from a lot of young pitchers that they don't necessarily work on enough for?[11:10] What are some ways that you've been able to help pitchers improve their command?[13:07] How many times when a player comes in as a recruit as a freshman there's mechanical work that you feel needs to be improved?[15:12] Is it too young still at the college level to get kids to focus on meditating and the mental game?[18:13] Do you want all your guys throwing sliders?[20:34] Do you call the pitches during the game?[22:57] Was this the first year that they used the earpiece or did you guys have that last year too?[24:25] Can you review all games now?[26:00] Are you a fan of the automated strike zone?[27:28] What's something that you learned as a pitcher that has helped you as coach coaching pitchers?[28:43] What's a way that you help players kind of understand and grasp what you want them to do on the field?[30:37] Do you have your guys write down so they can remember what it feels like when they do it right and then when they do it wrong?[31:44] Do you utilize personality tests at all when and trying to understand how your players learn and think?[34:05] Jump steal - Are you guys doing that in college?[35:50] Do you think they are going to change the ball next year?[38:56] When you're out watching pitchers, How much of it is them just looking the part of being projectable?[40:47] How important is body type to you when identifying pitchers?[42:52] Is there a certain amount of time on average you watch a kid before you're like okay I'm in let's make him an offer?FOLLOW BRADY:TWITTER:@FAUBaseball@FAUcoachBKhttps://patrickjonesbaseball.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coaching Division 2 College Baseball with Troy Merriman In today's episode, we have Troy Merriman Troy is currently the hitting coach at the University of Findlay. He played at the University of Findlay, and now he's coached there for eight years.In this episode, he gives some insight into not only how they do things at the University of Findlay, but also how the DII landscape is laid out, what scholarships are like at that level, how they allocate money at Findlay, and then he gets into a little bit more in-depth on what specifically are they looking for out on the recruiting side. Troy talk about how do they go about trying to develop players and what tools they use. Learn if they utilize the transfer portal.We can get into a lot of different areas of a college program in this episode!This episode can be very beneficial for parents, players out there, and even coaches maybe in other schools giving you all kinds of insight into what exactly goes on behind closed doors with these colleges so be sure to listen in!SHOW NOTES:[2:31] What's been something that stands out at the University of Findlay?[4:10] How do division two scholarships work?[6:42] If you give someone $10,000 can they take that $10,000 and spent it on tuition or can they do it on room and board?[10:28] What takeaways did you have from watching and evaluating players and just the whole nine yards?[13:48] In your eyes, what does a recruitable player mean?[15:33] How many guys can you have on the roster?[16:59] What's a typical day for you?[19:51] Is there a system that you can kind of have to make sure everyone gets some time and knows what they need to work on?[24:23] What do you like to do has been a player yourself and now a coach to help players with that side of the game?[30:50] How often do you utilize social media for recruits or transfers and just everything out there?[33:08] What do you think about kids tagging you in posts?[37:23] When do you guys start looking at players specifically Division two level?[40:50] Do you guys utilize the transfer portal?[42:29] Why wouldn't I bring in the guy who's already had some experience?[48:09] Why would someone want to come to play at the University of Findlay?FOLLOW TROY:Twitter: Assistant Baseball Coach@UF_Baseball_@Coach_Merriman See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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