~ Baseball Coaching ~ Baseball Participation ~
Picture yourself in the batter's box, in the picture on the left. Do you see the entire picture, the fuzzy background, the pitcher, the ball? If so, your are in casual, fuzzy focus mode. That is what you should see, up until the ball gets to the release point. At that point, your focus must shift to just the ball, everything else becomes fuzzy, like the picture on the right.
For your focus to be intense and sharp, at the point of release of the baseball, the only object in the picture that is clear would be the baseball.
This skill takes time and training to achieve; it is a major hitting skill. Be conscious of seeing the ball, on deck, in the box, at practice. Everything mechanical that you need to step in the box prepared, has been drilled to mindless reaction in practice, leaving your mind free at game time to focus on seeing the ball.
You won't hit what you don't see, no matter how perfect your swing is!
For three years he had daydreamed of how he would be a scintillating high school baseball star and how he would hit a home run with the bases full. And look at the way he had folded up in a pinch.
Yes, after kidding himself about his destiny, and having the nerve to think that he would be a star like Ty Cobb or Eddie Collins, he was a miserable failure.
Whenever he was in a tight situation, he was a bust, a flat tire. He didn't have what it takes. He was eighteen years old and he was no good. He lacked something - nerve, confidence.
In a pinch, it was always the same. He lost his confidence.
When he didn't have time, a few seconds in which to think, it was different.
That was why he was better in football and basketball than he was in baseball. In baseball when you batted, there were those few seconds and fractions of a second between pitches, when your mind undid you.
In football and basketball, you didn't have the time to think as you did in baseball. That made the difference. And it was in just that period of a very few seconds that he was no good.
Yes, even though he was considered one of the best athletes in school, he was never really going to be any good.
If you have played, currently play, coach or watch baseball at any level from Little League to MLB, you have witnessed this described scenario come to life right before your eyes.
No one is immune to it; but those that are successful within the game develop a way to turn those awkward few seconds into a productive thought process, leading to a definitive seperation from their competition.
Baseball's mental game is about providing players with the tools, in all areas, to be successful. Mental skills can be taught, drilled and perfected the same as physical skills, and are as creatable a group of skills as throwing, catching, running and hitting.
If you are looking for that "something special" to add to your game, begin working on your baseball mental skills today.
In season, off season and in between, time can be invested to sharpen your game and take it to another level. Along with the material on Baseball 's Mental Game page, please look through the links at the bottom of that page, you will locate difference makers on all of them.
Build yourself, or your players, an arsenol to get through those inevitable tough times in the game. Preparation provides us with the right to expect success!
I guarantee you will never regret the time spent increasing your baseball mental skills.
If you located this paragraph, then you probably have had, or currently do have, the "dream". That vision of playing in a stadium the magnitude of Fenway or Wrigley, or a modern day version of the dream, which places you in one of the 28 other stadiums of major league baseball.
Who hasn't dreampt of standing on that mound looking in for the sign, digging into the batter's box in anticipation of turning around a 95 mph fastball, backhanding a ground ball deep in the hole and throwing the runner out at first, or leaping up at the outfield wall to steal a homerun.
As you circle the bases of the ole ballgame, you will find tried and tested ways to improve your game or enhance your coaching experience, all designed to help take you one step closer to your "dream".
Fenway Park has been home to The Boston Red Sox since 1912, making it the oldest major league ballpark in use, with only a few changes since it opened. Along with Wrigley Field, home of The Chicago Cubs, they are the last remaining classic ballparks in major league baseball.
One of the games most notable landmarks, the GREEN MONSTER was part of the original ballpark construction. Painted green in 1947, this 37'2" high, left field wall, was aptly nicknamed.
Fenway was also home to Ted Williams, who played his entire career in Boston. Williams was the last major league player to hit .400, which he did in 1941.
Entering the last day of the '41 season, Williams was hitting .3995, which would have rounded up to .400.
His manager, Joe Cronin, told him he could sit out the double-header scheduled for that day. Williams played, going 6 for 8, ending the season at .406. He would later say that it would have felt like cheating, if he sat out.
The true spirit of the game, and not surprisingly, a great approach to life.
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Step up to the plate and put the ball in play!
It only takes a few minutes.
Hitters focus on approximately 25 pitches per game. Fielders have to discipline their mind to be prepared for 100 or more. That's tough ~ it takes work.
(Dorfman and Kuehl, The Mental Game of Baseball)
For sure you are hopelessly addicted to coaching when, no matter who shows up, you pick up a baseball and begin to work on something.
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