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A Message from Coach Pete

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The very foundation of our success and growth for over three years has been and always will be expert/elite training in baseball & softball skills, both physically and mentally.

The way we have gone about that, I think, is unique. We take great pride in our backgrounds, education and passion for the game and God-given ability to teach. To teach in a manner that is effective, inspiring and fun. To teach in a manner that all students, regardless of age, will walk away knowing they have the tools to become the best player they can possibly be.

How we go about that is with: continuous positive reinforcement, patience, calmness, educating, demonstrating and motivating. Hence our motto: Educate, Demonstrate, Motivate, Create. We never tell a student or player to just do something. We explain in detail why and we demonstrate.

What we do not do to either our students or team players is punish anyone with physical activity if they make a mistake or are not learning at a fast-enough pace. We do not yell. We do not raise our voices. We never demean, degrade, insult, name call or anything like that to anyone.

As the leader of this organization, any instructor or coach who demonstrates this type of behavior will be terminated immediately. For the NSOBS, that type of teaching or coaching is so unacceptable, it carries a zero-tolerance policy.

Personally, I have witnessed this type of instruction and coaching far too many times. In my opinion it is bullying. If bullying is not allowed in schools, it should not be allowed in sports instruction. It’s just that simple.

No player wants to walk about from a lesson or practice feeling horrible about themselves, regardless of how they performed. We want and get SMILES!!

I can say with great confidence that our approach works. Our growth is proof of that. We do not need or seek trophies and awards. Our trophies are on our web site. Read our Raves & Reviews, which include: feedback, testimonials and game reports.  (http://www.nationalschoolofbaseball.com/raves-and-reviews/)

If this is the type of atmosphere you want your young player to learn in and play in, then give us a call. We love new students. And our 16U Girls softball team still needs a few players to fill out the roster.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! Hope to see you all soon!

A Message from Coach Pete

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There has been and continues to be a major epidemic throughout baseball starting at ages as young as eight years old. That epidemic is over-pitching or “abusing” young pitchers, using them repeatedly all for the sake of winning. This is not only ruining young pitchers, but is ruining the sport.

I have not only personally witnessed this on many occasions, I have heard dozens upon dozens of stories where pitchers of all ages are being asked to throw astronomical amounts of pitches with minimal rest.

What is the cost? The cost is the life of that young pitcher’s arm and possibly his career. Every arm only has so much life in it and when you abuse it, the length of that life drops drastically.

Plain and simple, what coaches are doing is stealing a young pitcher’s future all for the sake of winning a trophy.

This “innings pitched” rule in tournaments and leagues is not enough. The limits must be pitch counts. There have been enough medical studies out there determining what is SAFE and what is not.

I am watching the Little League World Series right now. They have it right. Any pitcher who throws 66+ pitches must have four days off. Note. It is NOT innings. It is pitch count.

I will give you an example of what I am talking about. A travel team played five games in four days, then the next week another five games in four days. Two pitchers threw the maximum allowed two innings every single game! That is 20 innings pitched in about 10 days. An average pitch count for a good inning is 15-20 pitches. Do the math. That’s 200+ pitches in 10 days at the ages of 9-12.

Yes, there was rest from Monday through Thursday, but that was after the damage had already been done. 40+ pitches three consecutive days is flat out “ABUSE”.

I even heard and assistant coach tell a head coach to not pitch a kid because he was hurting. He had ice on his arm after every game due to being in pain. The Head Coach relented saying, “I am the Head Coach. I decide who is pitching and he is pitching!” And the parents just sat back and let it happen.

To put this in perspective, a major-league pitcher will throw anywhere from 80 to 100 pitches per start. They get four days rest in between. And these are freak athletes with incredible strength and stamina. They are also being paid tens of millions of dollars each year.

A professional relief pitcher, even closers, will hardly ever appear in more than three games in a row.

This epidemic needs to stop. The winning at all costs attitude is nothing but abuse when it comes to pitchers. In my mind, there is zero genuine caring for the welfare and well-being of the player. This to me is sick. Coaches and parents (they are just as responsible) are literally stealing the future from young pitchers…. before it even has a chance to begin.

You don’t believe me? I will give another example of a young pitcher I know. He was abused for so long at such a young age, that by age 12 he was in so much pain, he went to a specialist who in the ends said, “Your pitching career is over”. He will never pitch again!

And for what? A Trophy that collects dust on a shelf?

You don’t have enough pitchers? Develop them. You don’t know how to develop them and teach safe mechanics? Hire someone who does.

Don’t let a doctor tell your son, “Your pitching career is over,” because his arm is damaged beyond repair due to abuse. PLEASE!!

 

2017 Summer 6 Week Clinics!

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Join Coach Pete for a 6 Week Baseball Pitching Clinic
Or Join a 6 Week Softball Pitching Clinic with Coach Sarah Burke
Starting at 10am and going throughout the day beginning
Wednesday, July 12th and continuing thru Wednesday, August 16th.
NSoBS Facility
23810 W. Industrial Drive
Plainfield, IL

2017 summer pitching clinic

Upcoming Events!

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Visit Our New Location!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming Summer Camps and Clinics for both baseball and softball. There will be hitting, pitching, all skills and much more.
  • Our new home in Plainfield is 23810 W. Industrial Drive, Plainfield. Cages should be up in a few weeks for both lessons and for players to rent!
  • State of the art equipment including: radar gun with display board, pitching machines and much more. More details to come very soon.
    We will be conducting a GRAND OPENING too.
  • Players, teams and organizations welcome!

Softball Player

The National School of Baseball pushes for Softball

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The National School of Baseball and Softball is just that – a school of instruction for both baseball and softball. Formerly more associated with baseball, the school has made a recent push toward softball players. Similar skills are taught in both sports including pitching, catching, hitting, and throwing. However, pitching is the most requested type of lesson for either.

Owner and Head Instructor Pete Cimino knows the difficulty that is softball pitching, but he has confidence in the school’s ability to teach its students.

“Fast-pitch softball is by far one of the most difficult positions to learn. I personally think it’s harder than baseball pitching. Even after all these years, I still cannot comprehend how it works. It simply amazes me,” Coach Pete said.

Even though it may be a difficult feat, the school has the right tools and right coaches to help students be successful. Coach Pete is joined at the school by Head Softball Instructor, Andrea Harte. Coach Andrea is very qualified and capable of helping players succeed. She was an all-conference pitcher in both high school and college. She is extremely talented in the sport and very knowledgeable about the game.

Having Coach Andrea as a softball instructor sets the National School of Baseball and Softball apart from other places of instruction. She has shown she is effective on the field, and she is also a phenomenal teacher. Coach Andrea connects well with the students because she is patient and can relate to them. She teaches through a step-by-step approach and has helped so many players improve. Not only is Coach Andrea a fantastic pitcher, she was also a catcher. Coach Andrea instructs both softball and baseball players in catching.

The school offers these softball lessons in a variety of forms. Students can receive one-on-one instruction or learn together in small groups of 3-4. Because softball pitching is so complicated to learn, most students taken lessons individually. However, it has been scientifically proven that players learn more when in a small group setting. Students learn from each other, building comradery and creating competition to push each other.

This idea of watching and learning from others is called “Sandlot Learning,” our niche at the National School of Baseball and Softball. Parents and students alike are continually amazed at the results of our strategy for instruction.

The school continues to grow every day, and it is Coach Pete and Coach Andrea’s goal to make softball a large part of this growth. So many success stories have resulted from lessons at the National School of Baseball and Softball. Check out the testimonials page on our website for some examples.

In order to reach a wider audience about our softball lessons, we will be traveling to local softball games to pass out information and contacting organizations who need assistance. We are extremely confident that both our softball and baseball program can be a success. If you are interested in learning more about our softball services, please go to our contact page for ways to reach us.