Bobby Simpson 2015-11-24 04:35:47
It was many moons ago that I first heard someone say, “It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.” Since then, I have heard it a zillion times, so I am assuming it’s either true or fairly universally accepted. If that’s the case, then I ought to be able to find some way to use it in my efforts to help young ladies (they are female and so are women, so it ought to apply) at our camps, clinics, or lessons to get better at various skills. Actually, I have already used it for many years, especially with hitting and base running. Many young hitters, and even a significant number of experienced hitters, get in the box and make a decision to swing or not as the pitch approaches them. With special equipment that lets me look inside their heads as the pitch is released (just kidding), I witness them asking themselves, “Where is it, where is it, where is it?” I am not sure how many times they ask that question as the ball begins its journey from the pitcher’s circle to home plate, but my conversation with lots of hitters convinces me that is what is going on in their head. Once they answer the where question, they either say, “I like that,” or “That does not look very good to me.” That leads them to decide whether or not to swing. Sounds normal and okay, but it makes them slow in reaching a decision and often leads to beauty pageant swings that look pretty instead of more desirable explosive swings that border on criminal violence. Okay, let’s now apply the Theory of Female Prerogative. Let the hitter decide before the pitch that she is going to swing. She can program her hitting computer ahead of time that the pitch will be a strike or, even better, that it will be in a certain location. She then does everything that precedes the swing, including establishing the attitude of a violent attack. She is expecting the pitch to be in a certain location (often depending on number of strikes) and is convinced that she is going to smash it. Now, as the ball travels, she is telling herself, “Smash, smash, smash.” If the pitch meets her requirements, she continues her violent, smashing attack. If somewhere along the way she sees something that indicates the pitch is not what she was expecting, then she simply changes her mind and stops the action. It’s a pattern of “Yes, yes, yes, YES (smash),” or “Yes, yes, yes, NO (stops all action).” It’s like driving and expecting the light to stay green. If it stays green, you keep driving. If it turns yellow or red, you hit the brakes and stop. The benefit of the Theory of Female Prerogative is that the hitter is actively in charge the entire time and expecting to act. In the Where Is It Method?, the hitter is hanging around waiting to see what the ball does before she cranks up and takes charge. Being able to decide early and then to either keep that decision in force or change your mind gives you more control of the total situation, lets you crank up your motor earlier, and enables you to have a better attacking mind set. We could deepen the hitting discussion, but space is limited, so let’s shift to base running. Place a runner at second base and put two outs on the scoreboard. A single is hit to the outfield. Will the base runner advance to third and stop or attempt to score? There are tons of factors that affect that decision, typically made by the third base coach. Some of them are inning, score, speed of runner, technique of runner, runner’s jump on the ball, sliding ability, offensive philosophy of the head coach, outfielder’s arm strength, speed of release, throwing accuracy, location of the ball fielded, ball straight to the fielder or to a specific side, catcher’s plate blocking and tag ability, condition of the field, opposing coach’s defensive philosophy, plate umpire, and other stuff too numerous to mention. The third base coach is responsible for gathering all of this information before or during the action and then making a decision based on mathematical probabilities of attempt to score compared to odds with the next hitter(s). For the runner at second, however, we can simplify the matter. Before each pitch, you are expecting to score in this situation until the coach gives you the stop sign, at which time you change your mind and remain safely at third base. With two outs and a hitter at the plate, a similar base running decision occurs on what most call a single. Without repeating many of the factors listed above, base running strategy often dictates the need for you to attempt to stretch the single into a double. When you hit the ball, you are thinking two bases and expecting to stay on that path until you see that it makes absolutely no sense. You then make the personal decision to change your mind, typically not handled by the coach, because you have a solid personal view of the fielders. You then safely stay at first base. Actually, you should almost always (some limited exceptions) be thinking one more base than normal and change your mind only when the defense forces you to do so. Yes, owning the prerogative to change your mind can make you a better player and your team a more successful group. YOU CAN GET BETTER EVERY DAY! 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