KC Royals Coaches Eiland, Sveum Teach Baseball To Youth With App
By John Viril
KC Royals coaches Dave Eiland and Dale Sveum are doing something truly exceptional: they are reaching out to young players through a new Apple app named Coached that brings professional-level instruction to users through their iPhones or other iOS devices.
As the son of a 5’1″ 105 pound physician from the Philippine Islands, I remember trying to figure out how to swing a bat in my backyard by imitating Royals players that I had seen on television.
With Coached, no little kid will ever have to do that again. Instead, they can develop basic baseball skills with the confidence that comes from knowing they’re learning the right way— because men who coach the 2015 World Champions stand at top the instructional pyramid.
Coached Provides One On One Baseball Instruction From The Best Teachers In the Game Through An App
Coached allows users to take video of themselves performing basic skills with mobile devices and upload them for review by instructors vetted by Coached. Prices range from $10 to $60 per session—depending on the instruction level—and includes one-on-one feedback and frame-by-frame analysis within one to three days. Instructors are experienced youth coaches, ex-players of every level, and professional major-league coaches, which include both pitching coach Dave Eiland and hitting coach Dale Sveum of the KC Royals.
Former All-Stars Kevin Seitzer, Brook Jacoby, Omar Vizquel, and Gregg Jefferies are also members of the Coached staff.
But, Coached is about more than chasing what will be, for most, a remote dream of playing professional baseball. By connecting young players with instructors whose names they might have heard on TV, or through playing video games, Coached can make baseball real in way that only a personal connection can allow. Before, that was only possible if a young fan was fortunate enough to know a major-league player.
Not many kids are that lucky. Coached changes all of that.
So how did baseball lifers like KC Royals coaches Dave Eiland and Dale Sveum become instructors with a tech startup? Now that’s an interesting story:
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