The Ins and Outs of Youth Baseball..... and Other Stuff
Brandon has worked for our 8 year old; John, on the mechanics of both pitching and hitting for roughly six months. We fully recommend him for both as Brandon has a great demeanor with kids and how to instruct them. Without a doubt, we are are pleased and thankful for his time and energy. Steve and Beth Pence
Brandon working with my 15 year old, Jaemon. He worked with him on his pitching. By having the video to show Jaemon what he was doing wrong, really helped him quickly correct some mechanics. Brandon also worked with him on his hitting. He improved the very next game by using the change in stance that Brandon had instructed him to use. The most important thing that Brandon worked on was getting inside Jaemon head and giving him the tools to work through his internal struggle when things weren't going well on the field. His High School coaches and I both agree that Jaemon is a new player because of the work Brandon did with him. Would HIGHLY recommend!
Brandon has been a huge help to my three sons ages 13, 10, and 7. My oldest(13)needed pitching and hitting help but also a sports psychologist. Turns out Brandon could do all three! He helped McLean focus on the positive and not worry about every small mistake. All three of mine look forward to pitching and hitting with him and are much better baseball players for it. Thank you Brandon! Lauren and Malcolm Campbell
After playing baseball from little league to college I figured I could teach my son the fundamentals of hitting and pitching. But soon learned that knowing how to play and how to teach are two different things and we were introduced to Brandon. Brandon worked with our son this past summer/fall on hitting and pitching where we saw improvement in particular with his pitching where Brandon showed him a routine to work with that he could replicate and be consistent with. We have been very pleased with the results from working with Brandon and look forward to more instruction this winter/spring. Our son, who is 9, really enjoys being instructed by Brandon. Brandon's approach is very calm and possitive which our son responds to.
To put it bluntly, Brandon is the best youth sports coach I have ever seen in my life. He is flat out unbelievable in the manner and the technique he teaches. I absolutely recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning anything about baseball. The guy is unbelievable is all I can say.
Coach Merchant is the best. Everything he tells me to do, I can understand and do it right away. I hit the ball much harder. I was a much better player after my first lesson. W. Simerville. 11.
Our son Jon is currently 10 years old and has played baseball every year since he was 5. He has always been a decent fielder but has struggled over the years with his hitting abilities. During the 2012-13 Winter offseason, we had Jon work closely with Coach Merchant. Brandon was absolutely phenominal in his ability to improve Jon's swing. I have never seen anyone with an ability like Brandon to breakdown the fundamentals of a swing and to rebuild a good, consistent swing. Brandon quickly identified several major flaws with Jon's swing. Through the use of various visuals and hitting drills, he was able to show Jon the flaws and introduce proper techniques. In no time, Brandon had Jon hitting consistently and with significant added power. As a result, Jon had a great Spring 2013 tryout and has a renewed confidence in his swing. I would highly recommend Brandon to anyone looking to help his child improve as a hitter. Walt Coleman
Brandon has helped our son for several years with hitting and pitching. We have watched him help many, many others. He is straightforward and positive - and the boys really respond. We especially recommend getting Brandon to help "get the rust off" in early spring so the boys are ready for tryouts or a new year but he is also good for mid-season tune-ups. He is patient and gives them video feedback so they can see for themselves. Brandon is one of the best coaches we have ever seen. Most highly recommended.
Brandon has been working with my son, Will, for the past two years and the results have been incredible!! Brandon's understanding of the fundamentals and the way he communicates with the kids is second to none. Video analysis allows my son to review the things he did well (and the things he needs to work on) between lessons. Brandon doesn't offer "cookie-cutter" instruction that forces kids to adapt to his teaching. Instead, he tailors each lesson for the specific needs of the kid. Teaching my son the basic fundamentals of hitting has been the key to his improvement. We spent several hours with Brandon over the winter getting ready for Little League and Middle School tryouts. Not only was Will drafted by a Major League team, he also made his Middle School team as a 7th grader. I am 100% convinced that neither would have happened without Brandon's help. I highly recommend Brandon to any parent who wants to see their kid improve. Jeremy Treadaway
Brandon has worked with all 3 of my sons for several years now and has a unique gift for finding out what works with each. Not only has he taught them many skills, he's also good at explaining the psychology of the game and how to keep your head on straight. My boys always enjoy their time with Brandon and I highly recommend him!
Brandon has worked with both our sons Case and Jett. We appreciate his professionalism, encouragement and desire to see our boys work towards becoming better ball players and teammates.
Brandon has been working with my son for 3 or 4 seasons now. He has helped my son become more confident as a batter, catcher, and all around player. He is always positive and focused on helping my son to understand his movements and correct them on his own. Brandon breaks down the individual steps of a proper swing so that Chris has the ability to analyze his swing on his own. My son started with Brandon as a big kid who could swing the bat hard. He is now a more skilled batter because he understands the fundamentals of a good swing. Chris always leaves lessons feeling positive and focused. We have been doing a set of lessons before spring and fall seasons so that Chris can get some extra help in, that isn't coming from a parent, and it helps him so much. I highly recommend Brandon. He is always willing to find time to help him out.
Brandon has made huge strides with my son in his baseball abilities. My son plays for his high school team and Brandon has increased his skills at the plate and on the mound. My son said '...thanks to Brandon I feel so much more confident at the plate." Brandon's Coaching Eye video instruction is great, and my son loves Brandon's style and his knowledge of the game. I highly recommend Brandon.
Brandon has been working with our son Owen as he transitions to kid pitch. He is an excellent teacher, and Owen has more confidence hitting and throwing the ball thanks to his instruction. Brandon's focus on technique and self-correction has made Owen a more analytical and well rounded player. We highly recommend him.
Brandon has worked with our son Smith both on hitting and pitching mechanics. I've been impressed with his ability to identify problems and creatively apply drills to teach and reinforce proper mechanics. He has an excellent demeanor with the kids, which coupled with his knowledge makes him an effective teacher.