After watching video of a 10 year old player throwing a bullpen of curveballs at a local baseball academy with “expert” professional coaching I’ve decided that I’ve had it with people making money off of baseball the wrong way. The owner of the academy is a guy with over a 10 year big league pitching career. He has no concept of what mechanics do because he himself had improper pitching mechanics. Now, he makes money off of naive parents who think that their son is getting top instructions.

This is where my idea came in for an instructional league for players ages 12-16. The idea of this league would be to directly compete against travel baseball. I believe both parents and players alike are tired of playing year round and spending money into a system which is broken while not getting the most “bang for your buck.” Now, what is the main purpose of travel and all-star baseball anyways? I believe it is for kids to improve on their game while getting instruction and repetition. I believe the proper way to do this is by instructional leagues. While competitive, coaches and players will interact on almost a pitch by pitch basis. The game will be umpired and coached by 2-3 coaches in the field. One on the side of the plate, one by the mound and one in the outfield behind 2nd base. Players will apply to play in our league which will consist of two teams the first season. Players will be ages 12-16 depending on their ability. The purpose would be to teach fundamentals and prepare them for the grind of high school and college baseball. College coaches and scouts will be invited regularly. Score will be taken and incentives will be a factor to make game more competitive. To be continued…