Jared Eichelberger of BaseballASAP
Short and sweet. Not all youth baseball players are learn the same. As a youth baseball coach it is very important to understand this concept in order to implement new drills and run effective practices.
The three primary types of learners the BaseballASAP Team has defined through our experiences are as follow.
1. Auditory Learners - These type of players are the rarest but easiest to work with. For the most part you can tell them a particular action to do on the field and they internalize it and perform it. This is an acquired technique that you find more skilled players develop as they get older and play in more competitive environments that do not allow for much time for comprehension or practice.
2. Kinesthetic Learners - These type of players learn by doing. Moreover, these types of learners are good to use analogies that involve "particular feelings" or other common "athletic movements". Try comparing other sports or body movements that are familiar with these types of players
3. Visual Learners. - These type of learners learn by viewing live examples or by video. It helps internalize concepts or desired actions when these type of learners can see the correct type of movements that is to be achieved. As a result, a coach needs to be very cognizant of ones actions when demonstrating movements to these types of learners. They very may well repeat or at least perceptually try to repeat the movements that you as a coach do.
Ultimately, your goal as a coach is to help all types of learners to be able to learn via all three primary learning styles identified above. The more ways that you can teach and the more ways players can learn, the easier and quicker information can be presented and processed.
Jared Eichelberger is the President and Director of Operations for BaseballASAP, San Diego's premier youth baseball training organization. For more information on this organization:
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