The 1 simple, MLB drill to keep your kid from falling behind this off season
Every spring I see it.
Young players who ended Summer/Fall on such a high note...
show up for spring season practice and look NOTHING like the player I remembered.
So much rust.
Forget about growth, typically we spend weeks and in some cases, even MONTHS trying to get a kid back to where they were a few months back.
My wife and I have experienced it personally with our son (9u currently).
Baseball can be such a LONG season if you do spring and fall, so taking time off feels required...
...and make no mistake, I definitely recommend it.
BUT, when January/February would roll around and the new season was in our sights, we'd start practicing again...
and - my goodness - was it ugly.
Like, "Uh, dude what are you doing??"
His swing looked so funky.
He's stepping out.
Swing and miss, followed by weak grounder.....
....followed by swing and miss.
And with practice starting in a couple of weeks we (ok, correction: "I" ) would go into panic mode...
trying to fit in an entire off season's worth of workouts into an insanely short amount of time.
Which creates a TON of unnecessary stress...
...and is almost entirely ineffective.
So this past season we decided to try something new.
In Dec/January of this year (can you believe 2018 is almost over!) we signed my son up for an 8 week camp at a local academy...
because even though I played in the minors and run Baseball Notes...
My boy listens better to other people, haha.
Many parents dropped their kids off, but my son was a couple of years younger than all of the campers (8 at the time)...
and didn't know anybody,
...so he wanted me to stick around.
(Plus....I really liked to watch :)
So like any of us parents, any time it was my son's turn to hit, do agilities, etc...
...I watched every move like a hawk.
And so we're about 6 weeks in, and midway through the workout I notice a high school kid walk in.
Skinny. No hat. Shorts on.
Probably 5'9", 140 lbs.
Nothing remarkable. Totally regular dude.
So a little while later I'm back to watching my son
goof off workout as usual, out of the corner of my eye I see this HS kid taking soft toss.
And this kid...
I mean, I seriously couldn't take my eyes off of him.
And it wasn't just that he was killing the ball...
(which he most certainly was)
...but what struck me was how CLEAN his swing looked.
It's the word that kept coming up time and time again in my mind when I tried to put my finger on what I was looking at.
So I look at the hitting coach he's working with, and this guy has a gray goatee and is sporting a beanie...
...and wore batting gloves the whole time.
I'm like, "Who is this dude?"
So anyway, after the kid was done getting loose, he switched to a short bat.
Then he proceeded to go through a sequence that I had never seen before:
Short bat, long bat
One hand, two hands
Check swings, full swings.
And the guy's commentary was really interesting also.
So I'm like, "Hmm... what are they doing?"
I'll be honest, when I see people doing new things in person or online, my knee-jerk reaction is to be a skeptic.
So much bogus info out there today.
But seeing how money this kid's swing was....
I just became so curious about it.
I mean, I played in HS, JC, two D1's and Pro...
and hadn't encountered a hitting session quite like this.
Right about then my son's session was over for the night and tells me something about him being hungry and asks if I saw him win the bear crawl race...
(Uhh...yeah son! Totally saw that. Good work! :)
So we leave.
The next day comes, and that lesson was still on my mind.
I couldn't shake it.
So I call my buddy Brian, who runs the academy.
"Hey man, you know that left handed kid that was getting a lesson last night - high school age, no hat on?"
"Yeah I know who you're talking about. David."
And I'm like, "I've gotta ask, is that kid....good?"
He seemed confused by the question.
So I'm like, "I'm so used to watching the little guys that maybe this is just what decent high school hitters look like, but last night I couldn't stop watching him....
so... is he good?"
He laughed, and he said "I gotcha. Yeah he's a good player. He's a freshmen and he'll be an early commit next year to a D1 program. He's good."
So after briefly talking about how crazy it is that plays can/must commit so early, we hung up.
And a minute later I was like, "I should have asked about the coach".
You see, at the time, I was putting together the Youth Baseball Summit, which was a series of interviews of some of the best minds in the game.
(We had Steve Springer, Alan Jaeger, Nate Trosky, the Phillies mental skills coach...awesome teachers)
And I thought about finding out more about this local hitting dude to have him share with our YBS audience - because I was just so impressed with what I had watched.
But surely, some local hitting guy didn't have the secret to *creating* a swing that clean, quick and pretty.
"That kid probably has always swung like that" I thought to myself.
So I let it go.
Well, fast forward a few months.
The Summit was a success and my Bulletproof Hitter program (confidence training) was really taking off, and I was interviewing a bunch of cool, high level baseball people and a friend of mine told me:
"You should interview Mike Brumley. He's the hitting coordinator for the Braves. He lives around here."
And I'm like, "Mike Brumley? The former big leaguer?"
"Yep that's him. He coached with the Mariners for a long time. Cubs & Rangers too. He'll be back in town next week...we should all get together."
I'm like, "Awesome! Count me in."
So we meet up at my friend's business and who walks in????
Mr. Beanie Cap and Batting Gloves himself!
So our conversation goes like this:
Me: I've actually seen you before. I saw you give a kid named David a lesson. I was fascinated.
Mike: Oh yeah? Yes, David's come a long way. We've got him at a good point right now.
Me: No doubt! I couldn't stop watching him. I noticed that you kept using different sized bats, did a bunch of bare hand drills and such....what were you guys working on?
[Pay attention right here, this is big]
Mike: "I've been in the game a long time [over 30 years at the professional level] and I've found it hard to "explain" adjustments to a player. You can't "explain" what a good swing should *feel* like. But over time I've tried every hundreds of different methods and the ones I use now are the best at making a player *feel* the right adjustment.
(Now I'm REALLY interested.)
Me: This sounds amazing. Have you ever thought about sharing your teaching with a bigger audience? Online is full of so much junk, people are begging for someone credible like you.
Mike: You know, funny you ask. I hate the idea of coming off like some guru - I'm no guru - but for a while now I've felt a strong pull on my heart to do more to help younger hitters.
I've probably worked with over 1,000 local players youth/HS players while on the Major League trail, and it's always the same problems I'm trying to fix.
What most of these kids are being taught isn't great. Most coaches don't know how to help players, they're just throwing darts at the buzzword dartboard:
Keep your hands inside the ball!
Front shoulder in!
Drive the hips!
And it's too bad. These are good kids who want to put in the work and want to achieve something.
It's not even the kids who are struggling, it's the guys who are having "success" right now at the youth and HS levels too.
They are getting hits but are "hand-hooking" everything through the 6 hole or something....it's only a matter of time before that stops working for them.
99% of players today will never handle good pitching with how they're swinging now.
And I've found that what I teach now, the things I've learned and borrowed from so many good coaches before me...
Makes a hitter better. More contact. Harder Contact. It's as simple as that."
[Note: Mike doesn't love me sharing this. He's an awesome, humble dude and doesn't want to come off like Mr Know-It-All. But the fact is, is that he helps hitters get better and it's not fair to anybody to understate that. Sorry Mike :) ]
So now, I'm fired up.
I'm like, "Dude, people NEED to hear what you're teaching...
"Let me help you do this...
"Why don't you come out and work with my son's team for a couple of hours, I'll watch how you work, and we can see how to best present this so players can put this into practice at home."
And he agreed!
So the next week, Mike came to our indoor practice...
...and it was off the charts!
The drills in proper sequence and Mike's commentary... were so good.
[My favorite one is coming up, sit tight! :) ]
Because with my players, all of them can really hit the ball hard to one area of the field.
But not so much anywhere else.
Like, a few kids can hit hard oppo, but never pull.
Others can really smash to the pull side...but that's it.
Or they can handle pitches in one certain area, but really not others.
If you've heard me talk about the Jones' and Lovejoy's, they apply here too.
Both well intentioned families....with very different results:
...and the Lovejoy's
You see, I know the Jones' and Lovejoy's so well because I have been and experienced both.
It is frustrating being a Jones, watching your kid perform less than what they're capable of.
But the good news is that there are answers out there.
Answers that most people never encounter.
And many times, it's not all that complicated.
Because after one simple workout with Mike...
....the kids on my team were barreling up pitches that they couldn't handle just minutes before.
They weren't perfect, but wow -
...they sure plugged a few swing holes in a hurry.
(and move from Jones to Lovejoy rather quickly as well)
And THE BEST part of Mike's sequence of drills was that we really didn't need a pro instructor there to give them feedback on what they were doing wrong....
(though that didn't hurt, haha!)
...rather THE DRILLS provide the feedback.
There are several props that forced the boys into the right positions.
And when they were off, they could FEEL it as the prop let them know.
So afterward we have this conversation:
Me: I noticed you really working with the boys' hand position....having space in there. I haven't heard that taught much.
Mike: Yep, if you're gonna want to hit a variety of locations and speeds your hands have to be free.
Me: Fascinating. Well, let's do this again and film it all. Then we can share it with parents and hitters who are really eager to get better.
Mike: That sounds great, but I'm leaving for Instructional Fall League in a couple of days. We could do it out there if you want.
Me: Absolutely! I could watch you work with your pro guys for a couple of days, then film the sequence afterward. It'll be perfect.
Mike: Let's do it!
So about a week later, I'm at the Braves' off-season home in Florida...
So for two days I watched him work with his group of Instructional League players
(which basically includes all of their top young talent in their farm system)
and this absolutely shocked me......
The drills that Mike used with so much success with my little 9u guys...
...were the EXACT same drills he used with his future major leaguers!
And one of the most surprising things I noticed when I was watching these high draft picks workout...
...was that so many were having to "unlearn" what they'd been taught in HS and college.
Because what we typically teach our youth hitters to do...
is NOT what is being taught and used with success at the professional level.
The movements are different.
So here's a look at my favorite of the 8 drills, Mike calls it the "Contact Catch":
First off, how money was my swing looking?? (Ha! :)
I love how simple this is, and this has INSTANTLY made an impact on my younger hitters who want to roll their wrists right after contact.
I really think Mike's superpower (my word, not his!) is getting hitters to use and FEEL the big league movements.
When we were all set to film Mike's 8 Drill Sequence, the "plan" was for him to do the demonstrating.
But Mike like's to use soft toss for many of his drills, and if he were to demonstrate he'd need to use the tee.
(Which is fine, but not his favorite)
So he's like, "What about you, can you do it?"
And I hadn't hit in like 10+ years since my minor league days ended, but was like:
Sure! Let's do this!
And as you can see from the video above, Mike put me through all of the drills.
And I'm so glad he did.
I was a big fan of his method already, but FEELING it myself just took it to another level.
My swing felt so clean and quick.
I got PLENTY of feedback from the drills/props when I would get out of position...
And by the time it was all done, I was feeling so good (minus the hand blisters) that I was about to see about getting a tryout for 2019, lol.
But the point I want you to understand is this:
This training is legit.
It's as good as anything I've seen, and I feel fired up and privileged to be able to share it with you.
Now, we don't need to do baseball stuff everyday in the offseason to be prepared when spring rolls around....
...we can just run through parts of Mike's sequence a day or two a week.
Check out this email I got last week from a Dad:
"Wanted to let you know how much Mike's program has helped my son stop pulling his front shoulder and collapsing his back side! A huge improvement in just a couple days. Now he does these drills - or at least a few of them - four or five times a week.
I spent 10 seasons with the Padres clubhouse video crew and working with Tony Gwynn and Merv Rettenmund (hitting coach) and the the rest of the guys. All this knowledge and I could not explain to my son how to feel what I was talking about. This has been huge!!! Thank you!!!" - Chase P.
Isn't that cool???
Feels so good to get training that's typically reserved for only the top .01% to the masses.
Because the alternatives out there that I've seen - are just bad.
Hard to trust.
And the stakes are too high for your son or daughter to get bad training....
Because if they're like the other 15 million active baseball players & 9 million active softball players...
they're desperately competing for their goal of playing in HS/College/Pro with wrong information.
And to fall short of those life goals due to bad instruction is a complete shame...
and totally unnecessary.
But the flip side is - that by learning the keys of the big league swing
(from a big league coach, no less)
You can give your kid a
big massive advantage over the competition.
I bet you're thinking, "This sounds REALLY awesome, I'd do anything to give my kid the best chance of success. I'd love to know the 8 Drill Method that a professional hitting coach puts his hitters through.....but what if this *isn't* for real?
Well, first off - Mike's resume speaks for himself (if you can't trust a MLB coach is legit, you just don't trust, haha!)
And these drills combined with a couple of keys make the progress almost fool-proof.
I've personally seen this program have benefits for 9 year olds, 23 year old future pros and even a 37 year old who hasn't swung a bat in 10 years.
It will work for your kid also.
But if you're still on the fence (it happens... I am cautious of with things I read online too!) then I want to take away all possible risk from you:
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My wife said, "People are going to scam you!" (lol)
I said "I don't think they will, but if a few do and it means that more people were confident enough to share this training with their child, then I'm ok with that.
This is how serious I am about making your son better.
When this works, it'll be worth 5x what you invested, but if somehow you aren't in love then I'll get you taken care of, 200%.
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The Bulletproof Parent
How (and when) to encourage your child for the to excel on the baseball field
The Bulletproof Parent is one of the most valuable trainings we offer.
So many parents today - parents with good intentions - are ruining their kid's performances because of a number of factors.
And the parent/child relationship is suffering as well.
I know I've had PLENTY of practice sessions and conversations with my son that started out with good intentions...
...that devolved into a frustrating mess and would end without progress and just an overall bad mood for both of us.
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In this course you'll learn topics such as:
What to say before competition to calm nerves and increase confidence and performanceWhat to say (AND NOT SAY)
Ok, I've gotta tell you these 3 questions.
I know I should keep you in suspense but I really want everyone to hear this.
So we picked this up from Olympic Gold Medalist Lanny Bassham who is now a big time mental skills coach.
First thing you ask once you get in the car:
1. What did you do well?
The human mind is wayyyyyy too negative and will focus almost solely on the painful moments of the day unless you ACTIVELY make the player acknowledge what they did well.
This cannot be stressed enough.
2. What did you learn?
This replaces the question "What didn't go so well?"
See how framing that is different?
Instead of the inevitable bad moments being chances to get down on yourself, a kid can now look at what they learned needs adjustment or improvement.
3. What are you gonna do about it?
Focusing on a plan gives the mind something to do and envision growth...
...instead of wallowing in the bad moments of the day.
A little better than just lecturing your kid on what to do better next time, right!?!?
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...how much training is appropriate at this age...
...and much more.
This training is a $297 program and I'm throwing it in as a FREE bonus right now for acting now.
Ready for your son/daughter to get a leg up this off-season?
So here we are....
You're *so close* to giving your kid access to one of the best hitting coaches alive, to teach them the swing principles used at the MLB level to make more consistent contact.
Your opportunity to step up for them is right now.
Now, as phen0menal as Mike's teachings are, we aren't going to charge several thousand dollars for this.
You are already doing so much.
If you're like me, I'm sure you don't necessarily love investing $1,000's every season into equipment, tournaments, uniforms...
...or even $100's per month on weekly lessons.
Yet you do it because your kid is important to you.
So while training of this caliber is rare and unmatched...
Mike has it on his heart to help the young players and families out there who TRULY want their kid to improve and succeed.
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There's no need to go into this coming spring unprepared...
and waste precious time letting your kid "play their way" back into where they left off last season.
And I'm really not trying to come off sales-y here guys, but I'm telling you....
This program works.
You're kid is going to get better...
make more solid contact...
...and drive the ball with more authority.
Mike's methods are basically fool proof - you don't need a professional hitting coach to tell you if you're doing it right or not....
...the drills combined with Mike's simple commentary give you exactly what you need.
So let's do this!
Click that button and let's get started right now.
And I pray for your growth and success, and a DOMINANT 2019!
I'll see you on the inside,
Founder - Baseball Notes