Derek Jeter On Deck ~ The Ultimate Preparation!
Derek Jeter on deck, an example of doing all the little things right to put yourself in a position to be successful.
During one of the Yankees' numerous ALCS playoff series games in Jeter's career as the New York shortstop and Captain, I had the good fortune to be watching one of those moments in time which become unforgettable.
Sitting at home, through the miracle of instant replay, one of the most phenominal examples of mental preparation and focus I had ever seen came to life on the broadcast.
The year, at this point in time, escapes my recollection; but the game was being played in New York.
The event that occured is as clear as if it was yesterday.
The situation all begins with the responsibilities hitters assume, once they step out into that area, off to the side of home plate.
From that position, they are the next hitter to bat in that inning, should the third out not be made during the current hitter's at bat.
What Happens In The On Deck Circle?
So It Was On This Day, For Derek Jeter On Deck.The game was being played in New York, so the home team dugout was on the first base side.
The count moved ahead on the hitter in the box while Derek Jeter on deck, was going through that common timing ritual in baseball, getting set and striding, then swinging at the pitches being delivered on the field.
As I watched the at bat, the pitcher came up and in to the batter, causing him to fall backwards and down to the ground.
One of the announcers almost immediately yelled out, "I can't believe I just saw that!" He quickly asked for the camera crew to run a replay from the camera at the end of the third base dugout.
From that camera angle, the shot went straight through home plate to the Yankees dugout and Derek Jeter on deck.
The replay showed that pitch coming up and in to the hitter. As Jeter timed it, he actually dropped to the ground with the hitter.
It was the most phenominal example of mental focus and control I have ever witnessed. It just doesn't get any better than that! No wonder he is able to play at such a high level, day in and day out.
I have told this story to every team I have had since I saw this happen. Not so much for them to emulate that focus; Derek Jeter is one of a kind.
The value in the story is all about controlling the "little things" inside the game. Those seemingly insignificant situations are the seperators between players and teams, at all levels of baseball.
An Impressive Single Event, Or A Small Part Of A Bigger Plan?
What Can Youth Baseball Players Take And Use From Derek Jeter's Approach To Baseball?
You Gotta Have Fun.
Regardless Of How You Look At It, We're Playing A Game.
It's A Business, It's Our Job; But I Don't Think You Can Do Well Unless You're Having Fun!
( Derek Jeter )
Additional Mental Game TopicsMental Game
~ The one thing over which you have absolut control is your own thoughts. ~ Coaching Confidence
~ In baseball, coaching confidence can produce results that go beyond the drills and strategies and into the hearts and minds of the people they teach. ~ Mental Power
~ You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power. ~ Focus Grid
~ This is a fun mental focus exercise designed to find out how well you can initially concentrate with no distractions, then how well you concentrate with distractions. ~ Mental Control
~ Mental control lies in our ability to direct our attention on what we can control. ~ Self Talk
~ The dialogue we carry on with ourselves each day of our lives. ~ Slump Busting
~ Slump busting can provide you and your players with a plan to decrease the impact of those inevitable slumps. ~ Mental Framing
~ Put your mind in a position to be successful. ~ Teamwork
~ It's crucial but; players don't always know what teamwork means. ~ Control Your Attitude
~ Controlling your attitude is nothing more than choosing to use and focus on productive self talk. ~ Identifying Unproductive Behaviors
~ Make your opponent beat you instead of losing to yourself. ~ Harvey Dorfman
~ Tributes to a very special man! ~
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