Attention College Hitters! Do not get spell bound by your coaches when it comes to hitting!
Usually good to great players in high school end up playing college ball. College baseball is an exciting atmosphere to play in. The fields are better, the travel is more exciting, and the way you train is much more intense. Most colleges treat college baseball like a job and the atmosphere is very similar to pro ball. Becoming a freshman again at a whole new level is like starting over. Your reputation you built in high school has little weight as a freshman in college and in many ways the game is re-learned as the coaching is more intense and the expectations are much higher.
College Coaching Style and Methods
In many instances your a slave to the coaching style and methods of your college coaching staff. In most cases this is a good thing because coaching at the college level is very respectable and most of those coaches research and study their know-how very intensely. The problem I see in college baseball is with how they teach and train hitting. Most college coaches like to play a lot of small ball and train hitters to hit for contact. This means many practices where you are taught to push the ball the opposite way, hit and run swings, and 2 strike hitting approaches.
Misconception with BBCor Bats
The power swing is steered away from and most swings in college baseball are geared to promotion of the hands starting the swing. Most coaches want to manufacture runs and want to win the close games. The BBCor bats have made coaches believe that the game is no longer a hitters game. College team stats support this as most teams hit around .270 and they are lucky to hit more than 15-20 homers a year as a team. The slugging percentage is horrible at most all college levels as most teams slug only around the .350 mark. So what does this mean for a new freshman coming into a college program?
It means whatever you learned in high school or whatever natural skills you used to hit well in high school will potentially be squashed by the type of new training you will receive starting your freshman year. You will become one if the .270 hitters who simply cannot slug in most cases.
So now many players know this fact going into their freshman year?
Less than 5 percent players are just happy to find a scholarship. The good players are prepared to do well in college before they get there. Most also know the challenges they may face as hitters when they will assuredly be programmed to swing a certain way. All you have to do is take a look at a teams offensive stats for the last 5 years to see how much talent you have or if the offensive training regimen is working.
You have to think about this.
There are ways around receiving a coach training you into a small ball type of swing, and if you have a good powerful swing there are ways to keep it as you train with your college coaches.
It is about being aware about hitting in general. It is a difficult skill and it is even more difficult to teach. Now a days, hitting .270 with no homers might get you a starting position, but are you really helping your team? Moreover, is there another level that you think you may be playing at if you hit another way?
If you understand hitting and the complication of how to become a good hitter, you know that your just caught up in a matrix that just does not work with most hitters. In high school, you must learn the effective power swing. You must hit for good average and better slugging to really help your team. You must find the secrets to hitting this way and then learn how to keep this type of way to hit while working with your coaches at the same time.
This is an invitation to think a new way and to become aware of the spells that college coaches can get hitters in.
My experience is that hitters can hit 50 points better than they think they can; especially when trained correctly and really knowing their swing. The problem is we all become guinni pigs to what the coach wants us to do with our swings without asking the almighty question. Is this really working for me?