As you may know I have a new website under construction. I would like to hear your thoughts on how you might want to improve my site for your own benefit and the benefit of friends that may not be customers but whom you might refer. I want your suggestions and your feedback will be highly appreciated. Also the public forum lately has been filling up with high school pitchers whose only interest is velocity. We know there is much more to it. I have thought about breaking the forums into Youth 8-12 and Senior 13 and up. The issues are far different at the youth level than in high school. I am also thinking of another forum Parenting The Pitcher or Parents On Baseball. We know what it’s like to be on that end. The excitement and the suffering. Your thoughts. Thanks much.
Mr. Mills, Recently I refered your web site to someone. My son played with his son last fall season. We are practicing once a week together since fall season ended. His son was NO 1 Pitcher in our team. The reason why I refered him is, his son moves his head violently and his arm angle is straight up. Also I heard that he is helping his son “Push Off”. I could not tell him that is wrong, instead I told him to visit this web site. When I met him last week I asked him “How was it”. He said “Yeah I did visit but I did not crick anything”. His son is 12 years old and plays Bronco next spring. He may not have any concern with his son because he pitched good last fall. Dick, you may need some article for these type of people. They are working hard to get better but going wrong way. And they do not know about it yet. Yukio
Little League parent syndrome, and going POSTAL, are starting to have alot in common now days Dick. How about parenting the parents. I see alot of stress put on younger kids, on winning. I keep telling my son that its not about winning at 11yrs old, but learning, getting better, and most of all having fun. When I was a boy back in the 60s baseball was the best time of my life. I didn’t know it at the time, but it gave me great stress relief. There wasn’t any preasure to win, and we had a wonderful careing coach who wasn’t after winning results. Youth baseball needs to be a fun time to remember not a stress filled atmosphere of screaming coaches, and parents. Chris
Mr. Mills I definitley like the idea of breaking the site down into age group catagories. It is getting really crowded in the public forum and a lot of the same is being said there. What is the new site going to be capable of, ie. (streaming video of games we could watch and comment on while the game is happening?)
How about a live chat where you have to use your name you use in the forum. I think this would help you and everyone get to know the people they are helping much better. -scott- [This message has been edited by scotty32 (edited January 05, 2001).]
Dick, I also like the idea of a seperate area. The methaods are different for less than 13 & above 13. Matt
It would be great if your site allowed individuals to send in a Video clip for others to comment on. I recently Video taped my 10 year old and was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to convert to a digital file. If you had a forum which allowed you to submit Video clips and where others could comment. This would be excellent.
I to like the idea of the live chat .
I like all the ideas but I particularly like the concept of a chat room (perhaps we could even schedule a standard time to include Dick). One caveat, however, is that I think it should be limited to password members of the forums. I hate to sound elitist about this but the sad fact is that as your site becomes more popular the percentage of flamers and idiots also rises. If the chat room becomes just a place for venting juvenile noise it will quickly be left to those people alone. The split age groups is probably also a good idea although I think anybody can benefit from JayMan and some of the other coaches on here. I know I have.
I think the idea that WolfHunt1 put forth would be very valuable to many people. I do think it would need to be closely monitored however.
Hi Dick: I like the idea of “breaking the forums” into age groups (<or=12, =or>13). I work with both age groups and, of course, the issues/concerns for the older group are more involved than for the younger group. So it would be nice to be able to go to a specific forum depending on the present concern. Good idea!! Roger Moore
I would agree with SJM: elitist is the way to go. Folks who are serious about this are your paying customers. I’ve been reading the public forum for about 4 years now, and frequent it less and less because I can’t rely on anything said there. Other than postings by Dick, Jayman, and a few other folks, I have to read everything with my guard up. In the mastery forum, though, I see only honesty and integrity, and I’m willing to spend my time thinking about issues discussed here. Yet so far, the information on the mastery forum isn’t too volumnous to where I can’t read everything. However, breakouts in the manner described will help. We’re at different stages in time in pitching development: some of us are into detailed mechanics, while some of us are into how pitching fits in with the balance that life has to offer. I took this team-building exercise at work. We each took a trivial pursuit test. I had three right out of 25. Later with a team of 8 people, we took a different trivial test, and our team had 22 right out of 25. This little exercise really struck me. So there’s value associated with sharing info over the internet. I read this example about how a stagecoach driver took off into the wild, wild west looking for the city with gold. There was danger all around: Indians could kill him, there were poisonous snakes and tarantules, there was danger of breakdowns and dying of thirst and hunger, and there was no way to call for help. Finally after driving like crazy all day, the driver pulled into the stagecoach station, tired, thirsty and hungry. At which point, a fresh driver jumped in and drove off in another direction, driving into harms way, still searching for the city with gold. So I think sharing information is good. But I think it should be credible information.
I’d definately like to see a forum broke down by age groups.
I’d also love forums for different age groups, and to expound on the video idea, why couldn’t we send tapes of our kids to Dick, and pay for an analysis over the internet? It would save all of the mailing back and forth etc. Dick would have to accept credit cards on the net, but I’d love the instant feedback. Of course we’d all have to learn to turn videotaped things into computer videos. I love the chatroom idea too. I’ve been in some where they took questions alphabetically by username, it sped things up and everyone got a chance.
Breaking into age groups is a great idea. Frank
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