When is Baseball Training Worth Paying For?
Let’s face it, most families do not have a lot of extra funds to pay for baseball training, on top of the standard league fees they already have. On the other hand, getting that additional training may make all the difference whether a child has baseball success or not. With that in mind, choosing the best times to pay for baseball training is crucial.
Paid instruction is much more necessary now because kids no longer play pickup games in the area as players did years ago. Without playing, in non-organized ways, kids do not have the opportunity to get the baseball training needed to perfect their skills. Paying for baseball training is one of the only options for improving for parents of serious players.
Of course, another concern is getting your money’s worth for instruction. Most baseball instructors are well intentioned, but do not know the correct things to teach to warrant much pay. However, most coaches who work at a baseball-training facility know more than the average youth coach and parent does, so it is not a total loss. Some parental research may be necessary to find the best coaches. There usually is a reason some coaches charge more than others do, and the extra expense is often worth it. Below are suggestions for when to pay for additional baseball training.
When Baseball Training is Worth paying For
- When parents or team coaches’ level of expertise is not adequate to help the child improve – this is sometimes difficult to discern or admit to for parents, of course.
- When youngsters will not listen to their own parents – which is much more common situation than one might think, and especially when kids become teenagers.
- Early – Having children started at a young age (8 or so) with the knowledge, drills, and skills to do things fundamentally correct can save years of future frustration. Additionally, it is important to remember that it is easier to start new habits than to change existing ones. Unfortunately, this is often and age when parents may not have the necessary funds, but it can make all the difference in players’ development, for the stated reasons.
- When parent or kids always seem to get mad after practicing together – some parents or kids are just not comfortable working together, so it is not worth forcing the situation.
- When a player is going to move up a level in ball – when kids have had only moderate success at the previous level and are attempting to go up to the next one, they may need added skill development at tryouts to make the team.
- When players struggle to the point where their frustration and lack of confidence is very apparent – an objective, new outlook form a professional is great at these times.
- Extremely dedicated player of any age – players who cannot seem to get enough quality work at their baseball skills will benefit from professional instruction.
- When players show signs of burnout – this may be hard to tell and a tough call, but it may be more frustration brewing than burnout. If that is the case, the training sessions may be what are necessary.
When Not to Pay for Baseball Training
- When players are in a groove or having sustained success – not a good time because trained coaches are there to find fault and strive for perfection, so changes made or suggested may not show immediate results. Even more important, players, who are doing well, are much more resistant to change and rightfully so. It will be a waste if players do not buy into the idea that they need improvement at this time.
- When players already have a knowledgeable coach, who provides an advanced level of expertise
- When parents have more interest in the sport than the child does – the hard work may turn kids off even sooner than would have occurred without the extra instruction.
- When players are physically or emotionally tired – never a good time for baseball training, where they will have to work even harder.
There are different levels of paid baseball training, ranging from high-end lessons to lower end camps, as far as per hour training costs. However, the smaller the class size, the quicker the improvement comes. Attending baseball camps are great for kids whose parents are looking for some help, some fun, and for getting kids out of the house.
Of course, parents can save money by learning more than they currently know by reading books, watching videos, using internet sites like this one, and by attending coaching training sessions.