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August 31, 2020  

Kevin Wilson- Professional Hitting Consultant

August 31, 2020

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For over 19 years, Kevin Wilson has been one of the most sought after hitting consultants in the game. Kevin currently works with or has worked with with Minor and Major League players from all 30 MLB organizations. In 2013, Kevin was the hitting coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Team USA beat Japan for the Gold medal at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan.

On the show Kevin and I discuss what #goodbatting is, we talk about how hitting is a conversation. And Kevin walks us through what it sounds like to be in a cage session with him. This episode is packed full of content and here is Kevin Wilson!
 
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Show notes courtesy of Zach Casto
  • Understand that the longer you’re in a profession and you continue to grow the better coach you will become.
  • When you have a goo have confidence in yourself to get there.
  • Remember that it’s not about you, it’s about how you can help the players.
  • To be the best coach for each player you have to be a world class listener.
  • Be a hitting mentor rather than coach. You still coach but you help the whole person grow not just the player.
  • Lead by questioning for the players.
  • Example: what’s on your mind? What are you feeling?
  • More often than not the players will answer their own question.
  • This allows the player to be their own best coach.
  • “We all want to be heard.”
  • Meet the player where they are at. Help them with their situation and listen intently.
  • Recognize that you won’t be the best coach for everybody but you will be for somebody.
  • When the players aren’t coming to you, try to create relationships so they you can gain trust with the player.
  • The best coaches are the ones that don’t force the players into doing something one way.
  • You want your players to use what works.
  • The best coaches ask the players about how they’ve grown as a player, how they do things and why, and they also talk about their life.
  • This builds trust and helps the player understand.
  • You gain trust by an intentional conversation with the player so that the players can understand themselves the best that they can do that they are adaptable in the game.
  • Share your experiences with the players so that they can understand that they will get though their struggles.
  • Most problems aren’t mechanical, they are mostly mental issues.
  • If we can create self awareness for the player then they will be more convicted with their actions.
  • “All it takes is 5 minutes to change a life.”
  • If you take 5 minutes and check in with your team a few times a week then the rewards will be beneficial.
  • It’ll take some work at first but at the end it’ll be so beneficial.
  • You’ll find out the little things that will tell you what the players are thinking with their body language.
  • When they are stretching go out and see how they are all doing.
  • This matters so much to the players. They will look forward to seeing you and talking to them.
  • If it means enough to you to create life lessons and help the person then you will do this.
  • The goal of the coach is to take each player and make them a better human being and athlete.
  • When you first get a player, ask the player with questions so that you can be a world class listener.
  • Ask them why they do what they do, so that you can understand them the best way possible.
  • Tell the players that they have the ability to be themselves.
  • “Hitting is a conversation.”
  • Have the player map out their goals and how they want to do it so that they can visualize their plan and get there.
  • The coach is there to help along the way and fill in the blanks.
  • Don’t allow ego to take over. Tell the player that what happens in the cage will happen and not to beat themselves up.
  • Players are searching with something that is repeatable, adjustable, and they have confidence in.
  • Understand how each player learns so that they can understand.
  • The numbers are a result of your processes and purposes.
  • If we don’t explain the why and how behind what we are doing then it won’t be as successful as it could be.
  • If you can pick up tendencies from the pitcher then they can create an adjustable game plan.
  • Game planning is crucial for the hitter.
  • Watch the pitcher warm up, get their timing, and see what pitches work for the game.
  • Find out what pitches he can pitch for a strike so you can eliminate pitches.
  • When it comes to approach:
  • What pitch you hit best and where you hit that pitch the best.
  • This is with less than two strikes.
  • Players must commit to that plan.
  • “The pitcher works for you with less than two strikes.”
  • Players need to understand how hard the pitcher throws for timing and what the pitcher’s out pitch is.
  • “You learn a lot from observing.”
  • Bring your approach to the game and adjust to the pitcher and how you’re being pitched.
  • Talk to your teammates about the pitcher and finding out similarities and paths to success.
  • Teach the game better so that you can teach your players what to look for.
  • Allow opportunities in practice to have unorganized organized games.
  • Example: whiffleball or sandlot baseball.
  • It is through these experiences that you learn baseball IQ.
  • “As a coach we can’t assume that they know anything about the game.”
  • Therefore we must have patience, teach, and reteach the players.
  • Teach them as if they don’t know anything about baseball so that every step is included.
  • “Out of respect for the entire group, assume they know nothing.”
  • To be a better coach, ask a better question and listen.
  • 7 Ball Drill:
  • The player must swing at every pitch as if it’s a hit and run.
  • After the player makes contact he will tell the coach what ball he made contact.
  • After the round, the player will tell the coach where he made the hardest contact consistently out of all of the areas with the balls that he hit.
  • After this, the coach will tell them player to focus on that zone and swing at those.
  • Put the pressure on the pitcher and not the hitter.
  • “How you do everything is how you do anything.”
  • The player needs to do everything the best way possible, be detail oriented, and giving their best effort.
  • Players need to have a purpose behind every single thing that they do.
  • What they eat, how much they sleep, why they swing, and who they hang around with.
  • Be consistent with your habits and attitude with each of your players. They depend on you and you mold them into who you want them to be.