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Thread: Got to brag on my little girl (who is not so little anymore)

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    Time for an update:

    We are in the middle of volleyball season. With the number of girls this year we had to expand middle school to have enough players to field a middle school team. Mckenzie is the only 8th grader, I have two 7th, graders, a 6th grader, and 5 5th graders. So I am starting (I am the middle school coach) 2 or 3 5th graders each game. Mckenzie is the only player who has ever played school ball and only two others have ever played volleyball at all. We have had an up and down year but are getting better.

    Mckenzie has been a great leader for the younger girls. Encouraging, positive, etc, as a team captain should be. Mckenzie also leads the team in service points, digs, aces, and hits. Mckenzie also plays with the JV team so she is doing double duty.
    "You have to understand, I grew up a NC State fan. Every State-Carolina basketball game, football game, I've been there. It's fun, and if you like to competing and I love competing... that will be extra special."

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    You have a heck of a challenge ahead of you coach!

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    A Challenge, but has been rewarding. We are at the point of our schedule where we are playing teams for a second time. In middle school volleyball you play best out of 3 and you play to 25. We played the best team in the league last week for the second time. The first time we lost in straight sets 25-12 and 25-14. Last week we lost 25-21, 22-25, and 15-12 (3rd set is only to 15). We we went from getting blown off of the court to giving the best team in the league all they could handle. Their coach said I am sure glad we dont play you again this year after the game. We have also picked up a few other victories along the way.

    I am not normally a morals victory guy, but with this team I am having to be. We are a first year middle school and the teams we play have had established middle school teams for years. So we are playing catch-up. We are setting goals and exceeding them. I am super proud of how they play.
    "You have to understand, I grew up a NC State fan. Every State-Carolina basketball game, football game, I've been there. It's fun, and if you like to competing and I love competing... that will be extra special."

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    So Mckenzie got a new toy for Christmas and it is awesome. Its through a company called Diamond Kinetics. and it is a softball that tracks her pitches during a bullpen session. I am able to look at her pitch speed, spin rate, extension, spin direction, time to plate (calculated pitch speed), delivery, reach back to release, and pitch location. I can also video her pitches (pitch by pitch) that allows us to break down her pitching motion while comparing everything to the matrix we are developing on her pitches. So instead of forcing her into a box and saying pitch this way we are able to break it down and develop a pitching style that best fits her.

    So, she got it Christmas day and the first time we used it was December 28th. That day the "fastest" she threw (we focused on fastballs) was 53-54 MPH. Which for a 13 year old is just above average speed (45-52 is the listed average speed). After breaking down the stats, we were able to tweak her pitch from the data and this past Saturday she hit 59 MPH. That is the average speeds of a pitcher who is 16. So in just over a weeks time and 2 bull pen sessions her fastball went up 5 MPH. Her pitching coach could not believe it. We all felt that there was more in her pitches that we just were not getting from her and the data really helped us figure it out. All in her stride. The quicker she got her plant foot down the faster the pitch. Which kinda goes against what a softball pitcher is taught. You are taught to stride out as far as you can. With this, we were able to find a happy medium to stride length to release point. The pitching coach as now ordered one for her other lessons to use.

    Now we are going to focus on here change-up and breaking balls and see what improvements we can make there.
    Last edited by Derreck; 7th January 2020 at 05:43.
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    Wow! Amazed at how technology has not only developed, but has become widely available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Stallings View Post
    Wow! Amazed at how technology has not only developed, but has become widely available.

    Ken
    Yep, they also have a swing tracker as well. Might be Mckenzie's birthday present in April.
    "You have to understand, I grew up a NC State fan. Every State-Carolina basketball game, football game, I've been there. It's fun, and if you like to competing and I love competing... that will be extra special."

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