Thanks Dick and Team,
Iâ€™m just a volunteer dad with only Little League experience and a love for the game as my credentials. Last year I managed my sons AA Little League team (half the season with the pitching machine / 2nd half, kid pitch/ coach pitch). We had a kid on the team whose dad is an ex-MLB minor league pitcher. Carston helped coach our team and at practices I often stepped back and gave him the reigns, great guy. We all learned a lot of baseball from him.
This year Carston arranged his schedule so that he could manage his son for AAA (all player-pitch). We were now competing against each other. The first two times we were scheduled to play them, we were rained out, to be made up at a later date. When we finally met near the middle of the season, they beat us in a fairly close game. But what stood out was their pitching. They pitched a different kid every inning and they were all very good. I was desperate to have better pitching.
I emailed Carston the following day wondering if he had a little time to give me some pitching pointers or to direct me to someone who could (heâ€™s occasionally part of a group that does camps) but I didnâ€™t hear back from him. That night I got on line to look for a program. I consider it a miracle that Pitching.com was the first thing I found. I started reading Dickâ€™s stuff and just from the emails Dick started sending I started to have the kids make a few mechanical changes, in the middle of the season. Carston approached me after one of our games and apologized for not getting back to me, but he was too busy to help. He encouraged me to find a program and stick with it. I told him about Dickâ€™s program and he was all ears (though he is a long-toss advocate). I made mention that I thought Dickâ€™s programs might be a little pricey, at this Carston was even more attentive saying, â€œanything worth anything should cost somethingâ€.
With just the few mechanically changes we made from what Dick was emailing, the pitchers that were making the adjustments were improving a bunch (of course the kids whose parents or â€œpitching coaches?â€ influences got in the way, made no improvement).
We played Carstonâ€™s team 3 or 4 more times during the regular season losing every contest, the only team in our division we couldnâ€™t beat.
In the post-season city tournaments, we ended up drawing a team from our own league for our first game, Carstonâ€™s. The best game of my life, I never will forget it. Everyone had us losing this one. It was tied at the end of 6 innings (normally the end of the game, but because it was a tournament, we played extra innings). 3hr. 20min game. 9 to 11 yr olds. One of my sons, the 8 yr old(a baller) came in and pitched the last 4 outs of shut-out ball. We won by 3 in the 7th.
We went on to beat the team with the best record in town (3 little leagues in our town). A huge part of our success was our edge in pitching, heâ€™s called The Pitching Rebel, believe it.
Since then weâ€™ve purchased 3 DVDâ€™s and took the fall ball season off to work on our â€œoff seasonâ€ program.
Thanks Dick, your team is awesome !!!
Ken and boys
What a great story.
But nothing happens until you take action. And you did.
P.S. Since you started at the right time you will find it keeps getting better and better.
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