Baseball Instruction - He Told You What About Your Swing?
By Nate Barnett
Baseball instruction is everywhere. Graphs, charts, philosophies, gimmicks, facilities, machines, etc. Sometimes
I feel my head may explode from baseball information overload. So where does one turn? How do you sift through all of the
baseball instruction and information and find what works for you? I have some help for you.
Baseball instruction is big business. With high speed internet, baseball instruction has moved to a different
level. Information and training tip mania is quickly approaching critical mass. Ironic isn't it that you're reading more baseball
instruction here and I'm contributing to the issue at hand. In any matter, here is a bit of advice as you go about your own
learning, development, and teaching of this great game.
1. Learn to ask questions. If you are receiving baseball instruction in person, get good at asking for explanations.
This will accomplish a couple of things. First, it will help the information stick better for you as you begin to truly understand
the part of the game you're working on. Secondly, it will help you decipher the baseball intellect of your instructor (assuming
you utilize the next step properly).
2. Network. The more baseball connections you make, the greater the ability you have to cross-reference training
information, instruction, and methodology from a variety of sources. Without a network of knowledgeable individuals, you must
take the advice of your source and assume it is accurate. Most professionals respond quickly to email, I know I do. Especially
when I know that I can add value to one's game. That's a good place to start.
3. Learn. Read things on baseball instruction, listen to teaching, attend clinics, get on YouTube, etc. There
is no shortage of accessible information out there (especially in the online world), just a shortage of desire to sift through
all of it. But if you can sift properly, it will be one of the most invaluable baseball tips you'll learn.
About the Author
Nate Barnett is owner of BMI Baseball http://bmibaseball.com and is based out of Washington State. His expertise is in
the area of hitting, pitching, and mental training. Coach Barnett's passion is working with youth in helping expand their
vision for their baseball future. After finishing a professional career in the Seattle Mariners Organization, Nate pursued
his coaching and motivational training career. His instructional blog is located at http://bmibaseball.com/blog
His new FREE ebook, Toxic Baseball: Are you polluting your game? can be found on the main BMI Baseball website.
Hitting 101, an ebook on complete hitting mechanics will be released by June 1st, 2008. Features include numerous illustrations,
video clips, and a special offer to discuss your hitting questions over live on the phone strategy sessions.