Advanced Lessons

Traditionally, lessons followed along these steps:

  1. Attend the lesson that includes evaluation from the instructor.

  2. Then, based on this evaluation, the instructor would typically work on specific weaknesses of which the instructor determined visually.

  3. This work would include verbal instruction, verbal explanation and typically include some drills.​

  4. At the end of the lesson, the instructor would take payment and then the lesson was over until the athlete was scheduled again.​​

  5. Then, steps 1-4 would be repeated in a week or two.

Personally, I have done lessons like this for many years but there are some issues associated with this method, here are some I can think of on the top of my head:

  1. If the instructor gives many lessons a week, she might forget the details of which was worked on with a particular client.  This is why you would often get, "So, what have we been working on?".  I have to say, I am guilty of this.  This is not efficient as many times the athlete either doesn't remember or doesn't understand what was gone over unless there has been multiple lessons.

  2. This creates a "starting over" mentality almost every lesson.  It makes it difficult for the athlete to progress when this happens.

  3. Those of us that have been doing this business for many years have a tendency to "complain" about how our athletes don't work hard enough between lessons.  Many times this is the case and is really out of the control of the athlete as she may not have available equipment, facilities or knowledge.  If the athlete doesn't know what her weaknesses are and/or doesn't know what drills she can do to improve these weaknesses or doesn't have the facility or equipment to do the work...well, she just isn't going to improve. 

  4. One lesson a week just isn't enough if that is all she is doing.

  5. Many athletes take lessons to just get a little better.  Their goals may not include playing at the highest level, making an all-star team or playing at a college.  These athletes are usually okay with just one lesson a week or every two weeks and won't spend a lot of time or effort to get better.  

With these issues, and many others, I would like to change the scope as to the method used for lessons.  I have been thinking about this for a long time and my conclusion begins with a simple question, "What would I want from an instructor if she was working with my daughter?"  The second question I have is, "What is needed to help these athletes really truly improve over a course of time?"  My answer is what I simply call, ADVANCED LESSONS.

Here is how the Advanced Lessons will work:

  1. Every athlete will begin in the same way, with the basic lesson approach. This will be where they sign up for lessons on a regular or semi-regular basis.  The athlete and the family can continue the regular lessons as long as they desire.  No one will be required to move to the Advanced Lesson Level.

  2. Admission to the Advanced Lessons Team (AL Team or ALT)  (Note:  Athletes must apply and qualify for the ALT)

    1. If I feel the athlete should pursuit the Advanced Lesson Level, I will submit a request to the athlete to apply for the AL Team.

    2. The athlete or athletes family can apply for the AL Team.

    3. Not all Athletes will be admitted to the ALT.  ​​ (See ALT Minimum Requirements)

  3. The athlete, if qualifies, will be admitted into one of three programs based on her skills:​

    1. Team Romero  (Speed Player (On Base/Runs Scored is the main goal)

    2. Team Espinoza (Power Player (Home Runs is the main goal)

    3. Team Chamberlain (RBI, BA Slugging are the goals)  This is the highest level.