Ahead in the Count

The Longest 200 Feet in Youth Sports

posted by Ted Sullivan

This post is part of my on-going efforts to solve one of the great mysteries in youth sports.

No, I’m not talking about the invention of coach’s Bike shorts. And for those who read the title, no, I’m not talking about the distance from home plate to a little league home run fence (couldn’t care less). I’m talking about the physical, mental and psychological transformation that occurs within young baseball players when they take those few steps from the batting cage to the batter’s box.

This should be a familiar experience for many youth coaches: one minute a twelve year old in the batting cage is crowding the plate, taking aggressive hacks and ripping the ball off the nets, making me consider if I should be wearing a helmet while I pitch. The next minute he’s in the game and facing a pitcher 2 feet shorter and several MPH slower than I, yet he’s barely in the batters box, he’s stepping in the bucket and taking weak, flailing swings — if he swings at all. 

Is this merely a fear of the ball? I know I’ve asked Brendan about this a few times and he’s responded that if he had a cure for ball fear he’d be a millionaire. I’m looking for insight here — either from readers or from my fellow bloggers… specifically Mr. Sean Christopher Flikke who I believe is the best youth hitting coach around, but who has far fewer blog posts than he has left handed jacks to deep right. (Yes, Flik. I’m calling you out.)

December 16, 2008 - Posted by | On the Field, written by Ted Sullivan


  1. My first thought is for Flikke to comment on this that would mean he had to sign in.

    Comment by mwhitey | December 16, 2008

  2. 4-seamers from both distinguished gentlemen noted and appreciated. Thoughtful response coming soon.

    Comment by Sean Flikke | December 16, 2008

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