My son Dallon has played for Auburn Little League (2010 Little World Series Contenders) for the past 5 years. We’ve enjoyed watching him become an All Star (10 U 2010) and now as he enters Majors bracket he’ll be drafted and hopefully have a chance to make it to the World Series as his predecessors have just achieved. His biggest weakness in baseball has been his pitching and with an arm like his (throws harder than most adults) and batting average that is coveted it’s the one area that would make him indispensable to a team. Though he tried to become a great pitcher, his accuracy kept that from becoming a reality UNTIL we met Aaron.
I had become frustrated with some of the pitching coaches we’d tried in the past. They were either too young or irresponsible, didn’t click with my son, or I just felt the instruction of a 30 min. lesson wasn’t getting Dallon anywhere by the time they warmed up and actually got going. In a desperate attempt to change things up I decided to look on Craig’s List for pitching Instructors and see what I could come up with. Divine intervention brought me to Aaron’s web page (www.atbaseball.com).
I knew after reading his coaching philosophy that this was the right match for us. Aaron states: “Through my instruction, young people gain confidence, understand the changes I’ve made to their mechanics, apply such changes and gain the knowledge to make the appropriate adjustments on their own. Their arms don’t suffer because proper mechanics are applied and experience individual success as a result. Proper mechanics (aspects that are often lost in other pitching instruction settings) are: creating direct upper/lower body direction through the point of release, effectively gathering the weight for transfer, finishing the throw through the target (not to the target). I create a loose, fun, environment where players learn and progress without the constant fear of failure. I make a significant point to the players that baseball is built on failure; we need to learn how to positively react, learn and come back from that inevitable feat. I receive constant emails from parents about their son’s boost of confidence in other aspects of their lives after working with me. I preach that classroom performance creates successful on field performance, student is before athlete. I had to personally really learn that. “
From the minute Dallon started working with Aaron I saw a difference in his confidence and demeanor. Aaron really disagrees with throwing curve balls at this age (can ruin their arm from throwing later in their career) and taught my son how to throw a perfect fast ball and change-up and rely on his own intuition as well as the coach’s. Within 2 lessons Dallon was pitching in Auburn Little League Fall Ball and striking out most of the batters that faced him. His last game of the season he pitched 2 innings and threw a no hitter ending the game at a win for their team.
Aaron charges $60.00 an hour and we’ve found that this is the perfect lesson time for my son and basically the same price as many other instructors that only teach 30-45 minutes. You can find Aaron training Little League teams at Big League Edge in Auburn or working with you 1:1 in Tacoma near his home. He is the most positive pitching coach my son has ever worked with and has made me a believer that anyone that has a bit of talent can be turned in to a pitching machine with the right mechanics and belief level that Aaron teaches. Aaron can be reached by email at email@example.com.