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  1. lucassnell
    lucassnell says:

    Good article, Joey. As a 13U travel coach, I am certainly guilty of getting jazzed up during hitting lessons and talking more than I probably should. I really enjoyed your straightforward suggestions about managing your words and keeping them “precious”. It all makes it worth while when you see them light up and have their a-ha moment during a workout 🙂

  2. Brad McKay
    Brad McKay says:


    I’ve asked a question before in another thread and just want to let you know I really like your work. This topic, in particular, is actually what I do for a living. I did my Master’s with Gaby Wulf and now I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa researching, essentially, this! Anyway, just wanted to let you know you did a bang up job on this topic. There’s a ton of research on these topics and your takeaways are excellent. Kudos!

    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      Brad! OMG…I’d love to hear your thoughts on any other interesting research that has come up on this type of stuff. Please share when you have the time. I’m always up to learn something new 🙂 Thanks for the kudos, that means A LOT coming from you my friend.

  3. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Hey Joey thanks for yet another reason to keep the mother-in-law away from my house and kids!!….All kidding aside (or was i?) I really like the idea of basically keeping our yaps shut. John Wooden REALLY knew what he was doing!

    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      Ryan, you hit the nail right on the head with John Wooden. It’s not everyday that a NCAA Div 1 basketball coach can win 10 championships in 12 years. He must’ve been doing something right! lol, keeping the mother-in-law away. I love my mother-in-law, but man, she turned the light bulb on over my head 😀

  4. mikke43
    mikke43 says:

    Great article and read! In my opinion, it has a lot to do with the age, talent, and baseball IQ of the player! Either way, I agree that cues, if given, should be short and sweet! As a hitter myself, I use to get mad when a coach would constantly be telling me what I was doing wrong or not doing in between swings. Majority of the time, I already knew what adjustments I needed to make. As a Dad, who helps out his sons team, I try my best not to interrupt a hitter while at bat but when I do, I use minimal cues that each hitter can easily relate to! Again, the individual players IQ and talent level play an important role. I better stop there or I will end up writing a novel! Thanks again for the great material and keep it coming!

    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      I hear you there brother. You can even add personality type teaching as well. I want you guys to share what’s working with you and your players. We’re all here to grow in our coaching together. I just plant the seed, you guys run with it. Thanks for the kudos 🙂

  5. Joey
    Joey says:

    I just found your site and this is the first article I’ve read. It’s very interesting but I’m not sure I understand. As a coach, isn’t it my responsibility to help a girl fix what she’s doing wrong? For example, how is a girl supposed to fix stepping in the bucket on her own? How is a 12 year old girl supposed to realize that she’s dropping her elbow on her throws? These are things they usually don’t realize they are doing. As a coach that truly cares about the development of our girls, I’m always looking for more information on how to help them.

    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      Joey, you’re correct. As a coach you are suppose to give feedback to the player that steers them in the right direction. But here’s the catch, after you do that…SHUT UP!! lol, sorry for that :-/ In all seriousness, you’ll give instruction, let about 5 repetitions go by without feedback, then evaluate the player again. In other words, give the athlete time to make the changes you’ve originally instructed them to do. Don’t be a “training wheel” all the time. I know, because I used to do this with my hitters. After reading the research, this doesn’t breed self-evaluating athletes. Your young ladies are so Blessed to have a coach that is looking out for their best interests. If it means they have to struggle through the process, they’ll be better for it later in life 😀

  6. Joey
    Joey says:

    Thank you for the response. I totally get what you are saying. When it comes to hitting, we continually ask them, “How does that feel?”, “What part of the ball did you make contact with…?” We are always trying to get them to think for themselves about making adjustments on their own instead of us coaches continually telling them the adjustment to make.
    I appreciate the info on your site and will be visiting often.

  7. Matt Berg
    Matt Berg says:

    Great article can you give more examples of externals to focus on for my 10 year old? Right now I focus on show me the numbers and top hand grip TIGHT! Those are internals!

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