Skill acquisition / 4 posts found

If Babies Could Talk First, They Might Not Learn To Walk!

by Randy Sullivan
in blog
Until I met Frans Bosch at the 2014 Texas Baseball Ranch Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp, my coaching style was unremarkable and, in retrospect … suboptimal.  It was what I call TWT coaching. Tell the player how to do something. Watch them do it. Then, tell them how to do it better. And, when they don’t get it right, label them “uncoachable” and move on. It’s typical … and it’s highly ineffective. According to Bosch, one of the world’s most preeminent experts in skill acquisition and motor learning science, “The body shows remarkably little interest in what the coach has to […]

Swing Leg Retraction, Foot Plant From Above and Negative Y.

by Randy Sullivan
in blog
In high school, I was very good at math and scored well enough on my SAT and in college placement tests to exempt freshman mathematics classes at my first school, Erskine College.  At the time the enrollment at this South Carolina liberal arts school was around 500 students.  It was located in a tiny “town” called Due West.  I don’t know if any of this is true, but legend has it that is was called “Due West” because it was “due west of another town called Ninety-Six which was ninety-six miles from the state capital, Columbia. During my first semester as […]

Why Batting Practice Stinks (part 2): The Redshirt Brigade

by Randy Sullivan
How are you feeling? Did you get any sleep at all last night or were you tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling and eventually pacing the floor in anticipation of the release of today’s blog? You’re eyes look a little bloodshot. It’s ok.  I got your back. Yesterday I released a blog that challenged the effectiveness of batting cages and pitching machines based on a motor learning concept called representative design.  Click here if you didn’t get a chance to read it. In yesterday’s article, I promised I would reveal an idea that would rock the college baseball recruiting […]

This Idea Is Going to Blow Up College Recruiting

by Randy Sullivan
I’ve said it before … I’m an idea man. A couple of weeks I wrote a blog about an idea for changing USA Baseball forever.  No response from them as of yet.  Still waiting.  Probably tied up in some committee or something. Nevertheless, the ideas just keep on flowing.  Here’s one for all the hitting guys, college coaches, and recruiting coordinators. You’re welcome in advance. Way back in 1970, in what has become possibly the most clichéd quote in the history of the game, Ted Williams wrote,  “Hitting is the most difficult thing to do in sports.”  Since the moment his […]