Our coaches are people who want to teach and have the skills to be able to convey the game to a variety of age levels. Yeah, it looks really cool to have “All-American” this, and “Pro”-that on the flyers, but that is not a guarantee of a good teacher and/or coach. In fact, if you look at collegiate and pro sports, the best players rarely become successful coaches. It’s the guys who have had to learn the game from the inside out to survive in the sport; not the star athletes that tend to have the desire to teach and the understanding necessary to coach successfully. Also, when we put forth a name as part of our coaching team, it means that person will be actively participating with the boys day in and day out. We don’t have the concept of “guest coaches” or “star advisers” because that doesn’t fit within our philosophy of providing a consistent teaching environment. Sure, the kids get a kick out of a “drive-by” visit from someone who won a bunch of accolades in college; but unless that person is deeply involved with their day-to-day training, it won’t help them improve as a player.
Similarly, Leverage does not subscribe to the “parent coaching” model. As any parent who has made the move from ASYO, MBYB or Little League to a club team can attest, parental coaching tends to vary greatly in terms of technique, style and approach…and this is with sports that have been around in California for decades. It is not only common for players making the jump from parent-coached teams to have to learn new things, but it is almost as likely that they will have to unlearn bad habits/improper technique picked up from inconsistent or simply incorrect guidance being given by a well-meaning parent. Our aim is to avoid these types of problems by introducing our youngest players to the same basic techniques and philosophy used by our most senior squads from the very beginning, again, to ensure a consistent framework from which the players may build upon.