Dear QB Parent,
If you are reading this you most likely have a son that either is a QB or has some talent or aspirations to be one. Let me first tell you that this journey will most likely be extremely difficult with many ups and downs, but if you see it through it will undoubtedly be one of the most fulfilling, memorable experiences that you will have with your son. It will also help to shape your son into a great leader both on and off the field.
Over the past few years the QB training field has gotten extremely crowded with so called trainers and experts, many of which are in it for the money without regard for your son or his future. While camps and showcases are fun to attend, in the grand scheme of things in my opinion do not pay dividends. I do however recommend that dads take a few weekends a year and attend them with their sons – mainly for the memories and to see where your son stacks up with the competition. Go with the attitude of having fun, not to get discovered – if it happens great. Where your son is going to get discovered is on the football field Friday night being a leader and helping his team win games.
One of the things that will be instrumental in your son’s development will be the training that he gets during the off season. Our sons have chosen the most difficult, competitive position in all of sports. This means that when he hits the field in a competitive program he needs to be ready – From understanding schemes, plays and routes to footwork, throwing motion and speed – he needs to hit the ground running. Most high school coaches do not have the time or in many cases the knowledge to teach your son how to be a D1 QB – and let’s face it, all of us ultimately want to watch our kids play on Saturdays and then just maybe if everything goes perfect and God shines on him, Sundays.
My son is a 6’5” pro-style QB. With big long kids they have a tendency to get long on their throwing motion. I knew that there was a specific way to fine tune his motion but had never met anyone that really understood the mechanics of throwing and how to teach it until I met Coach Skip Stitzell. I was introduced by another QB dad from Texas at the elite 11 who said we needed to meet with Skip. Immediately as we began to discuss mechanics I knew this guy was an expert on this subject, and had developed a training regimen to create the muscle memory to transfer it to the field. Skip also understood footwork and the importance of body positioning throughout the entire motion. To top it off skip knew how to take advantage of my son’s height by teaching him to release the ball at the peak of his motion, to release the ball high around 7’10”which is well above most of the defenders.
We have now been training with Coach Stitzell for going on 2 years and I have seen incredible improvement in my son’s entire game including throwing motion, ball velocity, footwork and the mental aspect of his game. Skip is genuinely interested in the future of my son and has helped him in all aspects of the game. I will warn you however that Skip is from the old school and will not sugarcoat things – he’s going to tell it like it is so be forewarned. This “old school” mentality really translates to his love for the kids and his desire to see them play at the next level.
This past December my son signed his NLI with Illinois State University to play Division 1 football on a full scholarship. I attribute much of his readiness and polished mechanics to the time he trained with Skip. He is continuing to train my son to ready him for next season. Skip can provide your son with the roadmap for success – but it will be imperative that the QB trains by himself and does the exercises daily.
If you as a parent commit to the training and the QB commits to the daily workouts, I am almost certain that Skip can help your son be the best that he can be. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to discuss my experiences with any parents (Skip can provide you with my number).
Gary Baltz II