Camp Skills & Evaluations

There is a cycle of activities in the improvement of skills.  Take a look at the diagram to the right.

Evaluation:  There is subjective evaluation and objective evaluation where essentially subjective evaluation.  Subjective refers to personal perspectives, feelings, or opinions entering the decision making process. Objective refers to the elimination of subjective perspectives and a process that is purely based on hard facts.

An example of subjective is when someone believes a pitcher throws hard and may even estimate her velocity but a radar gun would be an objective evaluation.

Both are important but the more an athlete can get an objective evaluation, the better.

Understanding:  Knowing what is your throwing velocity doesn't do much good unless you have some other data in which to compare and it doesn't do a lot of good if you don't know what it means.  It also doesn't do a lot of good if it doesn't apply to your sport/skill.

Pop time is the amount of time it takes the catcher to throw the ball to second base.  It is evaluated with a stop watch and starts the moment the pitch hits the catchers mitt and then the middle infielder catches the ball at second base.  Knowing what a good pop time is for your age would be important in this process.

Another aspect of understanding in this process is the understanding of factors and skills that can improve the evaluation.  If you want to improve Pop Time, understanding how is really important.

Plan:  Making plans as to how you are going to train include such questions as;  how many reps will I need to perform and how frequently such as how many days a week.  There is an old saying, "Those that fail to plan, plan to fail".  This is true in a lot of things in life.  Write it down, make it important in your life.