When I was 12 years old, my dad took me to my first pitching lessons from a ex-professional ball player, Clyde Wright. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be coached by an ex-pro. It was a great experience that I remember very well to this day. I learned many things including how to grip a two-seam and four-seam fastball. At the end of each session, Coach Wright would give me a quarter for every strike I threw. I always had pretty good control, so let’s just say I was quarter wealthy.
A few months back, I decided to take Lefty to an ex-professional ball player to get some hitting instruction. I found a local coach that I trusted for his expertise and his patience with young players. This coach charged only $5 more than it would have cost for a half hour at the batting cage. He was able enhance Lefty’s approach at the plate and correct a few areas of his swing in that first session. The one-on-one instruction Lefty received was well worth the money and we have been back a few more times.
When speaking with the coach, I asked how he got word out about his business. I knew I would recommend him by word of mouth, but I wondered how he obtained business. He informed me that he had a few business cards that he passes out but that was about it. I decided I would try to help bring coaches and parents together. I wanted to develop a site where coaches could list their bio and parents could find them. I started www.signacoach.com.
I have been contacting coaches across the nation to build the database. I hope it provides a good first step for parents to begin their research in finding a quality instructor like I found.
If you are looking for a good coach or know a good coach to be added to the directory, let me know here.
If I were to see Clyde Wright today, I would say thank you for being my first pitching coach and thanks especially for the quarters!