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For the Little League Parent

Welcome!  

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Scott Watson.  I am the owner of WBI Sports and Seattle Wave Baseball.  Like you, I am a proud parent.  I have two amazing boys - Matthew and Zach.  Matthew is a 2018 graduate of Cal Berkeley.  Zach is a 2019 graduate of North Creek High School.  We have resided in Bothell for the last 20 years.  

I have been coaching for 20 years including select, high school, and college baseball.  My 2008 squad won the NWAC Championship (Edmonds Community College).  I also played the game, including 4 years of college baseball.  However, that really doesn't matter; the key to coaching is information and communication.  With that said, I am proud of my alma mater - Maryville College (TN).  Now, I get to mentor kids while coaching the game that I love.    

We probably have a lot in common.  The point being is I used to be a parent of two little league kids.  I vividly remember having a practice or game just about everyday.  Oh, and the cold, rainy weather, let's not forget.  I went through so many hot hands!  My kids played multiple sports too - basketball, football, soccer, and obviously, baseball.  Add in some tournaments, all-stars, school work, and some family time; it's a lot to manage. Sound familiar?

As a little league parent, I can only imagine some of the questions or concerns you might have.  

  • What's after LL?

  • I've heard of Select Baseball, but what is it?

  • Should my son be playing multiple sports?

  • When should my son begin specializing?

  • Does my son need training?  He's only in LL.

  • Should we play for a tournament team?

  • Is fall ball important?  What about camps?

  • What do high school coaches look for?

  • Should my son do conditioning/weights?

Some of my answers might surprise you.  At any rate, I am here to help.  My goal is to make myself available to you.  I may not know how to build a dog house or fish for salmon, but I do know people.  I also understand kids, parenting, and baseball.  The game has taught me so much.  I am very excited to share my wisdom and findings with you.  I hope that after reading this, you will reach out to me - a text, a phone call, an email, or even a coffee.  And don't forget to sign up for my blog. 

With that said, I have developed a very specific training model and philosophy.  It's not one that requires you to train/play year round.  Be careful of that.  That is a piece of the conventional wisdom puzzle (that you need to play year round).  What is Conventional Wisdom?  It's things that are said so often that they are believed to be true, but have no practical application to what's best for the athlete.  

Here are some examples of Conventional Wisdom -

1) Hitting (keep your weight back, hit the top half of the ball, swing level, stride on thin ice, squish the bug)

2) Pitching or Throwing (get your elbow up, pull or tuck your glove to your chest, get to a balance point)

I mention hitting and pitching, because these are the two skills that will keep your son/daughter in the game for a very long time.  Professional players don't subscribe to any of the things mentioned above, but it's certainly being taught.  It's literally stripping the athleticism out of our young athletes.  I can promise you that increasing skill doesn't happen by practicing the wrong mechanics.  Knowing the correct mechanic or technique is critical.  One gets better by practicing the right technique, often, and deliberately.  

I have seen kids not reach their goals over the years far too many times, because of this.  As I just stated, it all begins with knowing the correct information or technique.  Otherwise, kids are wasting their time.  Basically, they are confusing activity with achievement.  Next thing you know, high school tryouts are upon us.  Late starts, and practicing the wrong techniques can be detrimental.  

To shorten and summarize, today's baseball culture can be complacent, static, and full of misinformation or conventional wisdom.  Our culture is one that practices more than we train.  There is a big difference between the two.

 

Additionally, we are playing more than we are training.  A philosophy of training more than we play is a better approach.  Not understanding form and function is really hurting our kids too (see my blog post).  So, what's the answer?  What's new?  Here you go....

Welcome To A Brave New World at WBI Sports 

  • Form versus Function 

  • Movement Patterns vs mechanics 

  • Intent and Synchronization 

  • Integration and Shaping Movements  

  • Experimentations and Feedback 

  • Manage Stress (throwing)

  • Prehab before Rehab

  • Reverse Training 

  • Process not Outcome

  • Baseball Intelligence

  • T.R.I.P. – TECHNIQUE, REPETITIONS, INTENT, and PERSISTENCE

Here are some books and literature you may be interested in - Talent is Overrated, The Talent Code, The Making of an Expert, The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, and How to Grow a Super Athlete. 

If you would like more information on the above topics, please text me at 425.422.1769.  I am here to help!

  

Coach W 

~ Train Like An Olympian