Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I train pitchers, catchers, and hitters. I usually conduct private lessons, but team clinics or group clinics are common, too.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I advise a potential client to look for someone that has experience training youth athletes. I think a trainer that has actually participated in the specific sport, and not a closely related sport is best. Anyone that has experience with injury prevention and knowledge of physiology is best.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I have a ten questions evaluation quiz that I ask new students to answer:
1. What is your date of birth and current age?
2. How long have you been playing softball?
3. What positions have you played before?
4. Have you taken lessons before? If so, from whom and for how long?
5. How much time do you play softball each week, not counting team practices and games?
6. Do you own equipment that will allow you to practice between lessons, i.e. bucket of balls, pitch back, catcher’s gear, etc.?
7. Do you have any previous injuries or conditions which prevent you from playing athletics?
8. Are you able to participate in strength and conditioning training?
9. Are you able to maintain good grades in school, above a 3.0 grade point average?
10. What do you expect to gain from taking lessons at this time?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each individual player. My knowledge of physiology, psychology, strategy, mental toughness, and other elements of the game allow me to develop a complete player.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like watching a rookie develop into an impact player. My success as a coach is determined by the success of each player.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. I'm often asked about the fastest way to become a more significant player, a stronger, more effective part of the team. Sometimes, the best thing to do is simply to relax into the role you play on the field. Sometimes 100% is too much, especially for pitchers.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was playing softball at a young age and the life-lessons and experiences that I have taken with me have impacted my life immeasurably.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I continually participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance's seminars and I study essentials of personal training to better understand and relate safe training practices to my students.