Hey coach, how many baseball lessons should I have my son do per week? This is a common question that we receive from many new baseball parents when they are looking to book private baseball lessons with us. The answer that we give as a general framework is one lesson per week. For the more serious players who really love the game, are self-motivated, determined to make it to a high level of competition, and represent the type of characteristics we look for in a MADE player, we recommend doing as many lessons as the player desires and the family can make work.
As coaches, we love the opportunity to get to work with these kinds of players. The players that are consistent in giving 100% of what they’ve got every practice are the ones that we tend to spend more time communicating with, guiding, and going the extra mile for. We will give everything we have as coaches to every player we work with, but we are drawn to help those more who want to help themselves.
With that said, it takes time to get to the point where you realize that you love baseball and want to achieve high levels in the game. For the average beginner, we think it is best to take the following action as parents of a new ball player:
- Show interest in what they show interest in. If they want to play catch, make time to play catch. Our best players are usually the ones who play catch with their dads often. How often? We say shoot for at least 2-3 times per week. Anything more is great, but you also need to make sure you don’t overdue when a youth player is starting out.
- If you’ve created a solid bond for the game, and know it is time to let go and think about hiring a professional baseball coach, we suggest that you allow the player to “drive the boat” and decide how dedicated they want to be. If they are not showing the commitment necessary to warrant purchasing private baseball lessons for them, then stop and make them show you that they want to improve. If they are dialed in, taking care of their gear, waiting at the door for you early before their lesson time, and dress sharp and ready to go, then reward them with multiple lessons a week if they desire.
- Lastly, if your player is a super beginner and you just can’t wait to get them started in the game, get them signed up for a starter package of 5 lessons and you will see that it will be a great experience for your player and a good test to see if they show love for the game. Regardless of the outcome, we can guarantee that they will gain valuable skills from the lessons they have with their MADE coach!