Hitting Instructor Mike Bard Joins YSPN360.com Baseball and Softball Coaching Lineup
Former University of Kansas and Colorado Rockies coach brings skills to youth sports web site
February 4, 2017 – Studio City, CA: We are pleased to announce that collegiate and professional hitting coach Mike Bard has joined the YSPN360.com sports coaching and education team. He has created a new series of baseball hitting videos exclusively for the YSPN360 website, and will serve as a hitting specialist on the site’s growing online baseball and softball coaching staff.
Mike currently owns and operates Bardos Diamond Sports, a private baseball-instruction facility for youth, collegiate and professional athletes in the Denver area. His students have included an MLB batting champion, MLB Rookie of the Year, MLB Silver Slugger and MLB All-Stars. He previously served as Assistant Hitting Coach for the Colorado Rockies. He brings 13 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to YSPN360.com, with stints at Kansas, Texas Tech, University of Texas at Arlington, and Dallas Baptist University. Mike was the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
“My goal is to make sure every young baseball player that comes to me knows what is true about hitting,” says Mike. “When they learn how to correct themselves even when coaches are not available, then their pride and confidence leads to success.”
YSPN360 CEO Lou Birdt made the announcement.
“Mike may be the best baseball hitting coach in the country. He is exactly the kind of dedicated coach we seek for our staff. We are thrilled that a coach of Mike’s caliber and experience has agreed to join us,” Birdt said. “There are more than two million volunteer coaches and nearly 40 million athletes in team sports at the youth level in this country, and YSPN360.com is about educating and inspiring the next generation of athletes, their parents, and their coaches. The best way is to learn from the best.” YSPN360 is a free, on-demand, multi-sport instructional web site dedicated to improving youth skills to make team sports more fun for all. The site is being launched by Youth Sports Network Interactive Media, Inc., and more information is available at www.yspn360.com. It’s easy and free to join. Members will be kept posted as more sport and additional coaches join the site.
About Mike Bard
Mike Bard is a private baseball hitting instructor who has worked with a wide range of talent levels, ranging from Major League Baseball batting champions to youth-league players. In his role as a member of the YSPN360 coaching staff, Mike has helped created a series of videos on hitting, exclusive to YSPN360.com members.
Mike brings 13 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to YSPN360.com, including stints at University of Kansas, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Arlington, and Dallas Baptist University. He was the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and in 2007 he served as the Assistant Hitting Coach for the Colorado Rockies.
For the past decade, Mike has owned and operated Bardos Diamonds Sports. He has been responsible for assisting thousands of hitters from the youth level to the big leagues, committed to helping them maximize their potential. He was an All-Big Eight athlete and All-Academic Big Eight student at Kansas, and while serving as hitting coach for KU, his teams set school hitting records. His Texas Tech team led the NCAA in hitting with a team batting average of .344.
Mike’s coaching style is based on his belief that players who learn proper hitting techniques early on will understand, enjoy and succeed in the game as long as they play. His instruction includes lessons on self-correction as well as finding the right swing for his players’ abilities and development. An important aspect of Mike’s approach is a series of drills he’s designed to teach hitting mechanics based on a player’s individual needs rather than a one-size-fits-all program. These drills also vastly reduce the need for verbal cues from coaches.
Mike also is a strong believer in the importance of athletes, parents and coaches working in lockstep. Building a strong foundation of understanding in the minds of young players, coaches and parents helps to ensure they will take pride in playing up to their ability.
Mike lives and works in Parker, Colo.
YSPN360.com is the on-demand sports instruction and training web site of Youth Sports Network Interactive Media, Inc. (YSM). The mission of YSPN360.com is to be the premier youth-sports training and education resource for coaches, players and their families by offering a unique 360-degree approach to developing the whole player, parent and coach.YSPN360.com is a free subscriber-based website with content presented in an age- and skill-appropriate manner that parents and coaches have told us they prefer. Information for practice, skills development and team play can be taken directly to the field or court via mobile apps, tablet video presentations and printouts. For example, youth coaches can use YSPM360.com as a comprehensive interactive reference for hitting and pitching from elite professional and collegiate coaches.
YSM’s goal is to make sports more fun for kids of all ages by providing free high-quality tools and instruction, such as baseball mentoring from high-profile collegiate and professional coaches eager to share their knowledge and battle-tested coaching techniques with the next generation of athletes. YSPN360.com will offer a balance between proven techniques and innovative ideas for teaching, coaching, fitness and strength training, nutrition, and psychology – all appropriate for young athletes, their parents, and their coaches.
The company has been able to build the site through the generosity of the contributing coaches, who want to give something back to the sports they love. The goal is to help raise the overall level of play, coaching and parental interaction. YSPN360.com will initially provide instruction in Baseball and Softball, and soon it will add Soccer and Volleyball, among other sports. YSM is based in Studio City, Calif.