One game in my junior year of high school, I was struggling on the mound. I couldn’t find the strike zone, and when I did, the batters jumped all over it. After my third walk of the inning, my pitching coach came out to the mound. Expecting him to give me that magical advice to fix what I’m doing wrong, so I can finally get out of this inning, he looked me dead in the eye and said, “You’re not throwing strikes.”
“I know that, Coach,” I replied, ”but what am I doing wrong?”
“You’re not throwing strikes!” he said as he started to get angry.
“Ok, I get that. But what can I do to fix it?”
“You’ve got to throw the ball over the plate!” he said as he turned his back and headed back to the dugout. I just stood there wondering what just happened. Needless to say, I lasted three more batters before he came to the mound for good.
My coach thought he was trying to simplify the game for me. He was trying to get me to just focus on the end result. But in only a few cases does that actually work. You need to have a plan. You need to know what to fix if things start to go wrong.
Most high school players think in terms of my coach, just the end result. They think, “I want to play college baseball, so I’ll one day play college baseball.” They have no plan. They have no idea the mechanics to get recruited. They think it will just happen. You need a plan, you need a frame work. You need to know what to fix if you’re not getting any offers. That’s where we come in. At Rounding Third, we create a proven plan for you, but more importantly, know how to adjust it to make sure you are getting the maximum exposure.