Coaching with Flexibility and Communication with James Ramsey
During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed James Ramsey, Hitting Coach at Georgia Tech. James Ramsey talks about the importance of clarity, simple wins, communicating with players, measuring players in the off-season, his BP set-up, what a hitting meeting looks like in the fall, and not overthinking things.
- How did James Ramsey get involved in baseball and as a coach?
- Was coaching something that he had in the back of his mind when he was playing baseball?
- What are some life lessons that he has learned from other coaches that he will never forget?
- What was his transition like into the Georgia Tech program?
- What did this past off-season look like for him?
- Are there any set things that he is looking for in players to group them together to address their needs?
- When new players arrive on the team where does he start with them?
- What does ‘plan and approach’ mean to James?
- What kinds of competitions have they used in their training practices that they really like?
- What are some different ways that he really likes to train game-like practices, especially on the hitting side?
- What are some different ways that we can train players to make better decisions?
- What is his advice to be a better communicator?
- What does his BP set-up look like?
- What is something that James Ramsey is excited about learning and applying?
- What changes has he been making from last year to this year?
- What are things his players get excited about doing during practice?
- Is there anything that he believes that other coaches might disagree with?
- What is something we would notice at one of James Ramsey’s practices?
- Are there any resources that James Ramsey would recommend?
3 Key Points:
- Make sure you are ready for when your opportunities come.
- Keep the most important things important.
- Have an accountability partner on the field that can keep the expectations going on and off the field.
- “I love to read and it’s baseball, it’s mental toughness, it’s corporate culture books. I think that baseball has a lot to learn from some other areas.” – James Ramsey (09:18)
- “Being able to kind of relate off the field too as well. I think telling the players, ‘I don’t know what I don’t know and I’m new to this as well and I’m going to make mistakes. But I’m going to make them aggressively.” – James Ramsey (11:46)
- “I did 6 BP groups, laminated them, stuck them out there so I didn’t have to take the time on the day-to-day to do it and so, some of them are grouped by ‘rightys’ versus ‘leftys’ as basic as that sounds. Can we throw a different angle on the machine?” – James Ramsey (15:54)
- “I have clarity. That is one thing I try to search for.” – James Ramsey (18:20)
- “These guys have grown up in a showcase setting where some of them have never had a first and third plays put on.” – James Ramsey (19:22)
- “As far as the team is concerned, doing self-evaluations, doing evaluations on the coaching staff, I want to make sure, hey, am I communicating this clearly?” – James Ramsey (22:05)
- “We can overthink it sometimes too. So it’s, can I just fundamentally get to, where did this kid come from? What is his style of learning? What is his style of coaching? What is his motivation style that he likes?” – James Ramsey (22:58)
- “Every pitch a pitcher is forced to throw, I believe that there is probably a good correlation to winning a game.” – James Ramsey (40:24)