Jim Price, owner of BASH, Chicago's most well-known indoor baseball training facility, drops tips on how to best utilize indoor baseball facilities and do indoor training for baseball. While Jim references BASH-specific amenities a couple times, most of Jim's tips can be used in any indoor facility near you. Jim has quite a few nuggets to share, so hopefully you'll be able to take something away.
[Side note: this interview was recorded in October.]
In this episode, you'll learn:
- whether owning a baseball training facility earns as much or more than a corporate exec job
- how Jim came up with the name for his baseball facility
- what the four hallmarks of a great athlete are
- what's the difference between batting cages and an indoor baseball facility
- how baseball parents can best maximize use of an indoor facility, from beginners to advanced kids
- what two things players should focus on to get 'baseball strong'
- one great exercise to build speed
- a recommended exercise to build wrist and hand strength
- whether batters simulating game speeds on a pitching machine is helpful or harmful
- what coaches or parents can do for their kid's hitting practice in a tunnel if the coaches/parents are poor pitchers themselves
- the right way to do side soft toss to your hitter
- what two drills to focus on individually in a hitting tunnel
- the better method of doing grounder work in an indoor facility
- what danger sign to watch for on a travel team
- when players should start specializing in a position
- as a former league commissioner, what Jim's greatest challenge was
- whether kids must be on a travel team to make a high school team
- what kids trying out for high school teams should put on display most
- what is the most satisfying thing about being a coach
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