Choosing a pitching coach for your daughter is probably the most
important thing, you as a caring parent will do for her softball career. Great care must
be taken to choose one that both your daughter and you will be satisfied with over the
years. I have seen many pitchers switch from one pitching coach to another. They will
start out with someone who will teach them to throw just fastballs, ( usually with bad
form), then, when they are ready to learn drops, risers and other pitches they are told
" I cant teach you those pitches, youll have to go someplace else, Sorry!
Many of these pitchers will already have shoulder and / or back problems because they
are being taught incorrectly by well intentioned coaches who just dont know. Many
fathers, or so called pitching coaches will try to teach by purchasing a film from one of
the softball magazines. While this method is better than nothing, it will not take the
place of hands on teaching from a reputable experienced pitching coach. The coach you
choose should be someone who can teach your daughter through her whole career up to
college, if she chooses to go that far.
There are many, "so called", pitching coaches you will want to avoid. Here
are some questions you want to ask your daughters potential pitching coach.
1. How many years have you been teaching womens style fastpitch?
This is important because there are many mens fastpitch pitchers out there
teaching incorrectly. Women throw different then men. There are also many new coaches
coming out of the woodwork, since fastpitch has become so popular.
2. How many girls are you now teaching?
If your coach isnt teaching 25 to 50 students, maybe he or she is
just getting started or has a hard time keeping students. You dont want to be their
first experiment in teaching.
3. What are your credentials?
Has your coach pitched, where? when? for who? and were they successful?
Many coaches in South Carolina have never pitched, or they only know mens style.
Keep in mind that just because you were a good pitcher, doesnt mean youll be a
good pitching coach!
4. How many successful Pitchers have you coached?
This is very important. Many coaches have never had a pitcher who achieved
any type of success other than Little League or one or two pitchers in a local High
School. A good pitching coach should be able to give you detailed list of pitchers they
have coached that have been successful in High School and in "A" ASA summer
5. How many of your pitchers have received College Scholarships?
This is a must question and shows that this coach has the ability to take
your young pitcher to the top level. If your potential pitching coach can not give you a
list of their pitchers that have received scholarships, with names, phone numbers and
names of Colleges to verify, then maybe you should move on.
There are many good pitching coaches in South Carolina, in the Upper State, the Midlands
and the LowCountry who can show you a list with many names.
6. What do you charge?
Rates should be fair. We have seen some outrageous rates for clinics and
private lessons. Weve seen rates range from free to $60.00 per hour for private
lessons. Some clinics can run into the hundreds of dollars.
Free lessons can indicate the pitching coach is just starting out or they arent sure
of themselves. High rates for private lessons could indicate not many students. Reasonable
rates are available, look around!
If you presently have a pitching coach that doesnt meet all the above criteria,
dont hesitate to change immediately. Your young pitchers health and future are more
important than causing hurt feelings. If you would like to have one recommended,call one
of our local ASA summer teams and ask for a reputable pitching coach. There are good
experienced pitching coaches in the area.