Warning: This email contains offensive material to some!
“Hurry up! The guy I contacted on Craigslist is expecting you at his house by noon…He said to drop you off by the white paneled ice cream van and pick you back up in an hour!”
This sounds like the beginning of an SVU episode but it’s not…
Just kidding, I made that up….
“Imagine if you scrolled the internet and blindly dropped your kids off at random pitching instructor’s houses?”
It wouldn’t be good, would it?
Stories that start like this typically end up with the 35 year old son petting his cat in his parents basement…screaming at his mom because she cancelled HBO without his permission.
But that’s not the case, most 35 year olds living in the basement of their parents house were raised to be Basement Boomers. (Not familiar with the term? No worries, you will be!)
We live in a day and age where everything is changing, some call it the information age but I call it…
The Lesson Age!
I can spot these pitchers a mile away…
—They’re thought conscious…
They’re quick to give the “windmill” and let everyone in the stands know that nothing is their fault!
The sounds in today’s ballpark are much different than what we were used to hearing…It’s…
—My arm hurts
—The umpire wouldn’t call nothin’…
But it is, what it is!
Maybe it got like this because of year around travel ball or maybe, just maybe, it’s the trophy generation?
In our society, it’s OK today if you don’t keep score, everyone’s a freaking winner!
And you better not cut a kid from a team, or your job’s in jeopardy.
You know what’s happening right in front of your eyes?
Before us was the Baby Boomer Generation and then came Generation X….
But you know what today’s generation is called?
It’s the Basement Boomers!
The generation of Basement BOOMERS is growing and soon it will take over!
Yeah, that’s right.
We’re breeding a generation of kids that are bound to hang out in your basement for the next 35-45 years…
—Complaining when the food’s not hot, or heaven forbid..
—you forgot to pick up his movies at Red Box on pizza night!
But it’s not his fault, he’s only 35 years old….He wiil grow out of that stage!
“Sorry mom and dad but Kenny’s gonna be demanding meat loaf from the basement until the day you die.”
–I’m not blaming everything on the parents, I’m not!
–I’m not blaming everything on the instructors or coaches, I’m not!
It just needs to said, so I’m gonna say it….
“If you’re son is not willing to work on his own when nobody is looking….THIS GAME AIN’T FOR HIM, PICK SOMETHING ELSE! “
There’s plenty of other sports to choose from, heck take your pick…
–There’s Madden 2015…
–There’s Grand Theft Auto…
The list goes on and on, and you know what…
Most kids are pretty good at these games, right?
Because they spend time playing them when nobody is looking, they take pride in their scores, they stay up late practicing and they get up early to start it back over again!
–Imagine, if your son would take what he learned from his pitching lessons and apply it at home….
–Imagine if every time your son failed, you made him go out and throw the dang baseball versus calling up the instructor for a quick fix!
–Imagine, if your son would go out and throw the baseball without someone looking over his shoulder giving pointers on ….
“How to use his legs….”
“What to do with his glove…”
I’m betting that your son would get aggravated if the same instruction or method of teaching was used to teach video games, right?
I can see it now….
Your son is playing Grand Theft Auto and you’ve hired an instructor that’s coaching him up in the background….
–Hit the x button, now the Y…
Awesome, see ya next week!
He’d never go back again, he’d tell you he doesn’t need any instruction… he can do this on his own!
And he’s right!
The same can be said for schools and tudors…
If your son fails a test, you tell him you’re not going to turn that darn video game on until you spend two hours studying for that next test!
But, when a kid fails on the baseball field, what do we do?
We hire an instructor to do the work for him!
–Lessons are a great thing but there not a substitute for hard work and the old school mentality of…
You ain’t gonna ever get it done unless you go out there and do it yourself!
Just like anything else, it takes time, persistence and a lot of hard work!
My final thought…
Kids these days struggle on the mound because they are confused, they’ve never had to figure out for themselves because they don’t spend enough time doing it on their own!
They expect to be told “how to” and “what to”…
So, naturally they never figure it out for themselves because they don’t know how!
You’ve got time to make a change… but you better hurry because meatloaf night will be here before you know it and there’s nothing more uncomfortable than making excuses at your knitting party for your 35 year old son yelling “meatloaf” at the top of his lungs!
If you’re ready to prevent this, I’ve got the prevention shot for the Basement Boomer…
It’s called the Pitching Mechanics MasterMind System and it’s all about coaching yourself and getting away from the cues and instruction that breed Basement Boomers!
Here’s what Coach Dan Torrenti has to say about it…
“What you have done with the PMMS is genius level stuff. You have unveiled the mine when I had only stumbled on a nugget. I love it. Consider me a life long believer. I have seen pitcher after pitcher find enjoyment/success in pitching when they thought they had become lost causes. There are alot of gurus out there robbing kids of the game. and you are restoring it.”
“You are a huge part of the Mceachern HS Baseball program. Thanks for putting it out there.”
Soon, I’ll be updating to MasterMind 2.0, better hurry if you want to get in before the price goes up!
To your continued development,