Stress In Youth Sports

Posted on July 17, 2013

In many circles, concern about stress placed on youth sport participants seems to be the most frequent topic of discussion when youth sports is mentioned. Is there stress in youth sports? Of course there is! Not only do the athletes experience stress, but so do the coaches, the parents, the officials, and the administrators. What is stress? Stress is produced when someone feels that their physical and/or psychological well-being is ...

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Teaching the Psychology of Pitching

Posted on July 17, 2013

Pitching is the most important aspect of the game! A dominating pitching staff can make all the difference in determining a team's success. Practice and mastery of the physical elements of pitching will improve the mechanical skills, but developing the psychological aspects of pitching can improve the overall concentration of the pitchers. Pitcher concentration is directly related to control, confidence and success. The key psychological ...

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Successful Hitters Always Have a Plan

Posted on July 17, 2013

Here are some thoughts on the above topic from a buddy of mine. The guy's name is Steve Springer. "If baseball is 90% mental, why do we work on it less than 10% of the time?" "You cannot control getting a hit, but you can control hitting the ball hard!" Who Is This Guy? Springer isn't just another "dry jock" (a not-so-flattering term given to many broadcasters who never played the game). No, this guy logged over 7,000 pro AB's with 11 ...

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Ever notice how some teams who play close games end up winning those games in the late innings at the plate. Good teams who are coached right and do the right things tend to win those close games late. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to teach your hitters on how to win the battle at the plate late. 1. The pitcher has to pitch to the batter. He is the one who needs to throw strikes, and that is where the battle begins. Pitchers want to ...

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Don't yell out instructions. During the game I'm trying to concentrate on what the coach says and working on what I've been practicing. It's easier for me to do my best if you save instructions and reminders for practice or just before the game.  Don't put down the officials. This embarrasses me and I sometimes wonder whether the official is going to be tougher on me because my parents yell.  Don't yell at me in public. It ...

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Tips For A Successful Tryout

Posted on July 17, 2013

I was recently asked by a friend for some tips about how his sons should approach their upcoming Little League tryouts. They wanted to know how to catch the coaches' eye. The obvious answer is to play well. But there are a few things they should do to insure an eye-catching performance. Understand that a tryout is not a social event. You are there to take someone's job.  Dress like a ball player. Wear baseball pants, cleats and a hat. ...

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Playing Well Under Pressure

Posted on July 17, 2013

The ability to play well under pressure is one of the most desired qualities for any athlete in any sport, and a player who can perform extremely well in practice but cannot duplicate that performance in a game will not be successful and will, in fact, be a very frustrated athlete. The first step in dealing with pressure is to recognize and accept the fact that pressure is being created. To deal effectively with pressure, we must acknowledge ...

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A Checklist to Eliminate Mental Errors

Posted on July 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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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