3 Reasons Your Player Needs a Private Instructor


Editor’s Note: Enjoy today’s guest post by our friend Michael McCree. He’s a baseball trainer, former college player and author of the book, Game Changer: The Baseball Parent’s Ultimate Guide. ipad_book_demo_2(1)

3 Reasons Your Player Needs a Private Instructor


A private baseball coach/instructor is just a like having a private tutor for school. They don’t serve as a means of completely replacing the lesson taught in the classroom, but are used primarily as a means of supplementing what’s being taught. This is the case for baseball as well. Expecting a player to grow to their full potential while only participating in regularly schedule practice, would be equivalent to going to school without being assigned homework to help fully grasp the information.


Receiving ONE style may not be conducive to every player. Sometimes, information from a coach will resonate differently with a select group of players. This approach is not to be confused with players “receiving conflicting information” from various coaches. Working one-on-one with an instructor can help better clarify a lot of potential misunderstandings.

Mental Edge

Simple knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile is a huge confidence booster to a player. Creating a mental edge is a highly underestimated part of the game. A player who truly knows what they are doing when they step on to the field (for defense or offense) is a player who ultimately has a greater chance to succeed. Finding a quality instructor is like a boxer having a good trainer in his corner. It can definitely pay off in the long run.

In the book GameChanger: The Baseball Parent’s Ultimate Guide, there is an entire chapter on Private Instruction; how to go about it & how to make sure that you get your money’s worth. Finding a good private trainer could be the difference in a player succeeding and failing.


Angela Weight

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2 thoughts on “3 Reasons Your Player Needs a Private Instructor

  • April 20, 2016 at 5:10 am

    My oldest son had all the bells and whistles. Sent him to private training. His uncle is an instructor and has a club team. My son played two seasons. People are playing THOUSANDS of dollars for their kids to play on these club teams. It isn’t’ for their kids to have FUN. Parents were upset and complained about everything from losing games to their kids playing time. My brother in law was telling me about how they were “bringing kids in” to put together winning teams. It gets crazy. I told my son he was just going to play for our town travel team and the recreation teams.

    Delusions of grandeur is what I believe drives these parents. Trying to get their kids some kind of edge so they can play on these big high school teams and earn scholarships for college. It is all about the money. The instructors are making a fortune. I’m not getting caught up in that again. Two season was enough for me to realize it was not worth putting my son through all that craziness.

    I have a 6 year old who I started playing with when he was 3 and could hold a ball. He watches his big brother play and loves the game. He loves to watch baseball, something my oldest never did. We watch old Yankee games on the YES network. I started thinking. I wonder what baseball training Reggie Jackson had when he was 6 year old? Did his parents spend thousands of dollars to teach him how to hit? I decided my youngest will never see private instruction. I have gotten my necessary certifications to coach and Youtube has been my resource for teaching my youngest. I am coaching his PW7 team and plan to coach him until he goes to High School. I have no hope or expect my kids to make it to MLB, get a full ride to an IVY league school, etc. I hope they get the lesson of teamwork, dedication and accomplishment. My advice to parents would be to have a catch with your kids. You will get a sense of their abilities and let them develop naturally. If you have the money, then send them to a clinic or two. But don’t let it go to your head. If your child is destine to play professional baseball then that talent is in them. High School baseball will bring it out and college ball will get them to where they are headed.

  • December 15, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I said to the coach can you give our TJ some encouragement, TJ had said to me he knows you don’t believe in him. His reply was he does. I then asked why do you bringing in guest players, let’s build on what we have, he said that he wants to win. Later we picked up the conversation I said after the game TJ felt like you singled him out to justified sitting him on Sunday. He said that our sons baseball IQ could be better. I said it’s not his IQ that’s the problem it’s his confidence that’s the problem.I asked how can you say that when other players are making the same mistakes, and pointed out what mistakes were made in the last game( I’m also a coach for LL) and by no means I’m I saying my son should be a starter but him or the other player should sit so much. I said him it’s your job to help build his IQ and his coonfidence(6 months ago we had 5 player leave),I said to him we stayed because we are loyal how about show some loyality to us. I fee like he’s. Trying to make us quit

    It feels like he’s trying to force us to leave.


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