There are two things that can make competitive youth baseball coaches drool uncontrollably. A young player with a strong throwing arm and a left-handed young player with a strong throwing arm. Add accuracy into the equation and coaches will get downright giddy.
If you think it’s easy to raise a son with those traits, think again.
Unfortunately, a coach’s giddiness often gets in the way of better judgement. That’s when your son can get hurt. That’s when your son can get burnt out. That’s when your son’s natural talent can feel more like a curse.
Glen Haisley knows what it’s like to have a son who is a young talented pitcher. His youngest son, Quindon, is a 16-year old left-handed pitcher in the New Orleans area. I’ve gotten to know Glen a bit via social media and trading some emails recently. I can tell that he’s raising “Q” the right way. Not that there’s a clear “right” or “wrong” way to raise a young athlete, but Glen puts his son’s best interests first. (He built Q a regulation pitching mound/bullpen in their backyard! How’s that for Fueling Your Child’s Passion For Sports?) Glen is putting his son in the best situations to succeed, without adding extra pressures on him like a lot of over-competitive Sports Dads can do.
One quote from Glen sums up why I feel that he’s a great Sports Dad we can all learn from:
“As a parent, my philosophy to Q is, I will give you all the resources to set you up for success but you have to seize the opportunity.”
If you’re a Sports Dad of a young pitcher (like I am), I think you can learn from some of Glen’s experiences raising his son. Glen was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. I hope you enjoy the insights and experiences he shares.