Coach Tanner provides baseball lessons in Los Angeles at Pan Pacific Park
My name is Coach Tanner Bruce. I’ve had a passion for the game since the time I could hold a bat & I take pride in working with players who share the same admiration. Baseball has been more than a hobby, it’s been a huge role in the development of my character & I attribute that directly to the coaches who guided me along the way.
I began playing the game at the age of 4 and was very fortunate to have the experience and exposure of playing at highly competitive levels through travel and club ball growing up. Several of the players that I grew up playing with (or against) are playing professionally in Major organizations today, so it has been fun to watch them progress in their careers, as well as look back at the memories I have of competing on the same or opposite side of the field as them at a young age.
I have several years experience assisting in coaching youth ages 13 & under through summer camps and individual lessons. I believe that it’s important to focus on helping players develop strong fundamentals at a young age as it’s easier to make a habit than it is to break a habit as they progress further into their playing careers. As a coach, I believe that it’s also important to first learn from a player what their current level of ability and interest is in the various facets of the game. By doing so, a greater emphasis can be directed towards the areas where they need the most improvement, instead of towards the things they already do well, which in turn helps them become a better all around baseball player.
Having played all positions over my career, I’m confident in teaching all aspects of the game, but I’m most passionate about hitting & infield. A coach once told me, “If you can hit, they’ll find a spot for you on the field.” This holds a truth, as it’s hard to win without putting runners on base.
A lesson with me:
When working with a new player, I like to start by warming up and doing some basic drills so that I can get a sense of their mechanics and general approach to the game. I believe this is an important step, as while there’s certainly fundamentally correct ways to do things, I believe that each player is unique in his or her own way, and therefore, should not be forced into doing something a certain way if it does not align with their natural mannerisms and techniques. From there, I like to gauge which areas of the game the player is most excited about, as well as advise on which areas I feel could use the most work so that we can devote the most time to the areas that both improves and interests them as a player. At the end of the lesson, I like to review the key takeaways the player learned from the day, as well as collaborate on the things we will cover in the next practice so that the player will have a tangible game-plan of how we’re going to continue to progress their overall development.
My favorite motivational quote:
When you step in the batter’s box, your objective is to get a hit. Your objective is not to prevent a strikeout. – Youth baseball coach