Private Baseball Coach Converts Fortnite Dances Into Drills So His Athletes Will Start Doing Them On Their Own
FRESNO, CA--A private baseball coach in Fresno is reaping the fruit of creativity as he’s found a new way to engage his young athletes. Fernando Ayala noticed that even though his kids couldn’t grasp even the simplest of hitting drills, they (even the white ones) could bust out Fortnite dance moves with ease. “I didn’t understand it. Some of those dances are way more complex than the drills I’m teaching them. It just doesn’t make sense,” explained Ayala.
But Ayala didn’t lose hope. Instead, he attempted to convert some of the dance moves into drills, and it’s working. “The kids caught on right away. I modified the ‘floss’ to teach proper hip mechanics, the ‘fresh’ to teach some arm movements, and the ‘electro shuffle’ to teach infield footwork.”
Some of the moves required Ayala to do some training of his own. “I’m not used to this kind of dancing. The only time I ever danced was at prom, and, well, you don’t really dance like that there.”
Parents have reported a much higher excitement for the game of baseball and a drastic boost in work ethic at home. “It’s crazy how well kids can pay attention when you relate baseball skills to things they actually care about,” one parent remarked. One parent even noted that his kid actually wanted to go to take a break from video games to go to his private lesson this week.
Ayala added that although there is a higher excitement and eagerness to learn, the kids still struggle to convert the movements of their new dance drills into actual baseball skills. “Right now their pretty much just dancing with a bat in their hand for 30 minutes. I still have more work to do, but this is a start.”