Personally, I believe group lessons are the best opportunity. Why? Because group lessons provide opportunities for leadership skills. If you’re with someone younger than you or at a different skill set level, you have the opportunity to step up and be a role model physically/mentally for the younger generation. Those skills are needed outside of pitching as well.
If you’re with someone around the same age & same skill level, it’s time to compete. Don’t compete with her... but compete with yourself. Take it to the next level. Learn from each other. This opportunity helps motivate you and expose you to the different competition.
I never did one individual lesson growing up. I always did lessons with 2-3 girls at a time since I was 9, and for a month I pitched next to 6 girls at once (a little too crazy for me). I believe these group lessons helped shape me mentally and emotionally about my role on the mound.
I was always with different skills and age levels and my mental game was challenged multiple times. I had to lead by example for the younger ones. My mental game was challenged by the older girls. I had to learn that I’m not always going to be on my A-game, but figure out ways to work through that anyways.
Just something to consider to all pitchers. You’ll need those mental skills when you get to the college level and in the real world. You shouldn’t need a pitching coach's 100% attention the whole hour.
One of my goals as an instructor is to develop y’all physically, mentally, and emotionally to figure out mistakes on your own and work through them without my guidance the whole time.
Reasons why I suggest my girls having a notecard with them at the field (keywords I use during lessons) to learn how to correct yourself without me in your ear... especially when my girls hit the 9th grade for recruiting reasons.
College coaches want to see you be coachable. Make adjustments. Be mentally strong. Compete. Ignore distractions and stay in the zone. Don’t let outside factors interfere with your performance.
Yes, I understand the upside to individual lessons... but there is more to being a pitcher at the next level than just your physical performance. I believe the advantages of group lessons outweighs the advantages of only doing individuals.
What do you prefer? No right or wrong answer. Just curious about others' opinions!