Private instruction isn't just for elite players. Players of all ages and skill levels can benefit from lessons. Beginner level players are able to build a strong foundation of fundamental skills, learn important terminology, and get one-on-one attention that is hard to get in a team practice environment. More advanced players benefit from video analysis, mental approach to the game, and advanced drills.
What's the difference and what should you be doing? Again, the players' individual goals come into play here, but there are other factors like cost that come into play as well.
Private lessons are great for players of all ages and provide 1-on-1 instruction. Typically, we schedule private lessons in half hour sessions and focus on a single skill (hitting, pitching, catching, or infield) for the duration of the session.
Semi-private lessons consist of 2 players in a half hour lesson. This option reduces the cost per player and is a great way for players to get introduced to lessons without paying the premium price for 1-on-1 lessons. We do often recommend that players sign up for semi-private lessons with a friend, teammate, or sibling as there is no guarantee that we'll have a player to match them up with.
Group lessons are 4-on-1 lessons but meet for an hour each session. These lessons are a great option for teammates interested in getting additional instruction. Although there are 4 players in a session, the hour long session time allows for plenty of individual attention and repetitions.
While lessons can be beneficial at any time during the year, the best time for a particular player to do lessons is somewhat dependent on what the player hopes with private instruction. Players that are hoping to prepare for the season should be doing lessons throughout the winter and early spring. Players that want to make sure their swing or pitching mechanics are staying consistent should continue with lessons during the season. If you're unsure about whether or not the time is right for your player to be in lessons, feel free to give us a call and ask. We won't try to sell you on lessons that your player doesn't need or that don't align with your goals.
The Hitting Zone is home to some of the areas best baseball and softball instructors. Our lessons are conducted by professional coaches who have bring their passion and love of the game into each lesson. Our goal is to combine the tried and true fundamentals with the most updated drills and techniques in an environment that emphasizes hard work, dedication, passion for the game, and having fun.