A Checklist to Eliminate Mental Errors

Posted on July 16, 2013

The following is something I came up with for my Legion players so they could see just how much mental errors make a difference in a game. I have it on a clipboard and I put it up in the dugout by the gate so they will see it as they will go out on the field. Believe it or not, it has worked extremely well. They see this and become more focused the second they walk out on the field. Mental errors are more expensive than you think. Me...

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The Will to Overcome Self-Doubt

Posted on July 16, 2013

The term will, most often is used in outlining the desires of a person who has passed away and left this world. A will, in this form, is a legal document that will effect those people who are left behind and the distribution of property. When you think of a person's last will and testament, you relate to it with the finality that it will have. As a player and a person, high achievers realize that they have the ability to make such a long ...

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The Power of Habit and Commitment

Posted on July 16, 2013

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me, And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, And after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am ...

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There are good and great baseball players in every town and in every league you will ever play in. So tell me why, when looking back, do you see so very few of them both playing and succeeding at the next level...no matter what level that might be? I coached a very successful 11-12 year old team some years back. I just took a look at the team photo four years later. There are exactly four players still playing! I then mentally looked over ...

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How to Protest A Game

Posted on July 16, 2013

My wife is in Brazil, so what do I do with my spare time? Naturally I go across the street to watch the Little League 10 and under All-Stars playing. It was our local team against a team from one of the leagues up north. Two great pitchers keep the score 0-0 through six. Our team breaks through for 2 runs in the top of the 7th, we get down to bases loaded and two outs until "it" happens. "It" was a routine pop up to the 2nd baseman. He ...

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Unfortunately, for many high school baseball players the junior varsity may be their final year of interscholastic baseball. We have all heard of the ballplayer who didn't start or, even worse, make the varsity baseball team and went on to do great things in baseball as a walk-on in college. However, for most ballplayers, not making the varsity in high school means the end of their interscholastic baseball. For this reason, the junior ...

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Some day, some time, it will happen. Our last day as a player or as a coach. It happens to all of us.and it's ok. You can bet even the likes of Cal Ripken, Jr. had that haunting feeling. My reason for writing on this topic is simply that I feel that many young budding stars quit before they should, and some may even regret it later! We all know some player, sometime in our past, who really had talent. then just stopped playing the game. ...

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No Shortcut to Athletic Success

Posted on July 16, 2013

For the athlete, success is dependent upon winning, and winning is dependent upon motivation...and more aptly self-motivation. The same can be said about success itself. Success requires effort, and there are too few who are willing to pay the price of success. Self-motivation arises from some inner cause, wish, drive, or need that requires no external reason. This is the type of motivation which is so vitally important to the champion ...

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I absolutely believe that the #1 backyard training aid that any player could ever hope to have is a batting cage and a pitching machine...even if the pitching machine needs to be budgeted at a later date. The reason this is so important has to do with how ballplayers are built, how they improve fastest, and where their enjoyment of the game is derived. If You Can Hit…They Will Find a Place to Play You! Most players say that hitting is ...

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Play Ball in Cooperstown…

Posted on July 16, 2013

I just returned from my 2nd trip to Cooperstown (the spiritual home of baseball) this year... my 2nd trip in 11 months. For the uninformed, Cooperstown New York is the spiritual home to baseball. It is located in upstate New York amidst some of the most striking yet placid countryside east of the Mississippi. The hallmark of downtown Cooperstown is The National Baseball Hall of Fame-- a pilgrimage every baseball family needs to place on their ...

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