Hitting Lessons Build Confidence

Hitting Lessons Build Confidence

If you want to learn to be the best, you have to surround yourself with positive role models, mentors, inspiration, people and coaches that have been where you want to go. For Kylie, she wants to work hard to improve her softball game, become a power hitter, and continue to climb the ladder in travel softball. 

During Covid19 and quarantine her Dad scheduled her with a batting coach, Taylor Neumann.  Every Tuesday, she has a lesson with Taylor.  Kylie says, "My swing is getting better and my form is too. It has built my confidence. When I do good at batting practice I feel good about myself and my hitting. It makes me happy to go to practice and do the same thing. I love going to lessons with Taylor. She has helped me in so many ways with my hitting."

Taylor has dedicated herself to her facility, Diamond Sports Academy in Simi Valley California. She says she is really a life coach, disguised as a softball coach. 

She say, "The reason I became a coach was to be a mentor and a shoulder to lean on for my students. I know the sport can be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging and it’s always good to have someone who went through it by your side and I wanted to be that. 

A couple things that lead me to reaching my softball goals were dedication and my parents. Dedication can mean a lot of different things to many, but for me it meant giving up my weekends, understanding that dedicating time, extra swings, extra field work and practice would make me better. And of course I could not have done it without my parents, as I am older now, I still don’t understand how they did it all. 

The hardest part about coaching, whether it’s with me or coaches I see, is being able to tailor your coaching style to the athletes age, learning style and/or goals. The connection and relationship with athletes is the most important aspect to unlock their full potential. The most rewarding part is not the home runs or game winning hits (those are great too) but the most rewarding part is seeing my girls smile when it clicks for them and seeing them start to believe in themselves, that’s when the fun happens.

Qualities that stand out in my students or any athlete is their energy. Are they a good teammate? Are they having fun? Do they enjoy what they are doing ? Also, how do they react or respond to failure. Do they shake it off or do they hang their heads and beat themselves up for it? And save the best for last, are they coachable? Are they eager to learn more and ask questions. I love a kid who may not understand exactly what I am saying so instead of just saying yes and doing the same thing wrong over and over again, they ask me questions to get a better idea!

Kylie is a gem. Not only because she is my student and not only because she is bubbly and fun to be around - everyone will say the same, but because she works hard. She is eager to better herself and is one of my most coachable kids. I enjoy coaching her and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her"

Follow Taylor: @diamondsportsacademy_
Follow Kylie: @kylie.softball44 
Follow Kylie's team: @firecrackers.miller


  • Kiran Desai

    From a MATHLETE …. to make things interesting for a BELLALETE:


    The era of Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning has led to Industrial IOT solutions for a variety of industries, including sports. The information collected allows many indicators to be displayed in real time – during a sports television broadcast. The statistics that were traditionally collected by human experts, can now be generated directly by image processing and computational techniques.

    We will now explore the frontiers of Cognitive Computing from IBM Watson technologies – where WATSON plays the role of a SPORTS-CASTER. Indeed such a feat is within reach for today’s advances – and opens the door to simultaneous sports commentary for a wide variety of national and collegiate sports, replete with various indicators for team and individual player performance. The video and image processing software will need to convert the data points and unique identifiers, along with their coordinates in the gaming arena, and player game characteristics to include adjectives and verbs that describe throwing, passing, kicking, defending – for a variety of team sports.

    The information collected can be converted to grammatically correct phrases and sentences, which in turn can be fed to a text to speech synthesizer – to create a live SPORTSCAST of any event in progress. The data collected for each player from various regional, national, and international matches, can be stored in the cloud over the course of their entire career – for college sports as well as nationals.

    The availability of a graphical model and MATHEMATICAL functions for player related data points on a sports arena, as an intermediate software layer for IOT application developers, enables a variety of WHAT-IF scenarios to be explored by a sports coach or a cognitive sports work-bot, to identify missed opportunities that could have dramatically altered the game – and lead to a qualitative assessment of the team performance.

    Imagine a sports channel, where all the entities in the broadcasting company are managed by a small team of cognitive computing experts, and a small domain specific team related to sports. Further imagine the same to analyze the recordings from a music symphony – based on audio recognition tools.

    Kiran R. Desai, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Founder
    FARMS TECHNICA : The Machine Learning Group of Design Innovators – and Robotic Manufacturing

    All Business Rights Reserved
    August 29th, 2019

  • Kiran Desai

    Hi Taylor,

    You will remember me as the ‘Communications Officer’ at Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton – who would meet members of Sales Team and to encourage students at the Mall showing them my Digital Graphics Designs. Before you left for SoCal, I gifted you a Math book written by me (as a way to help you remember me by name).

    Many belated Happy Returns on your recent Birthday (28th Dec) – from your Softball Team roster info.

    Here is a link that suggests I may finally succeed in my endeavors – but a lot more needs to be accomplished if I need to turn Mathematical Ingenuity into a team that leads to commercial business success.

    Details below:
    Author Link: https://www.amazon.com/author/kiranrdesai

    Covid-19 led to dispersal of a lot many friends – and I have also moved out of CA state, and headed towards the Eastern states – currently in State tax free Nevada.

    Wishing you success in the year ahead.

    Note: Taking a chance and hope this reaches you.

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