I like to tell players to strive to be the cockiest, most arrogant player on the field on the inside and the most humble player on the field on the outside. Derek Jeter says a similar message in the introduction of his great book The Life You Imagine written by himself and Jack Curry. Enjoy the following excerpt!
You have to feel like you’re the best player on the field, the player that thousands of people will stare at all game. They’ll watch how you wiggle the bat high above your shoulders at the plate, how you position yourself with two strikes on a batter, how you’re the first teammate to greet a player after a homer. Whenever someone tells my father how humble I seem, he’ll chuckle and reveal a secret. He will tell them that I have more inner arrogance than anyone he has ever met. I believe I’m going to get a hit every time up and I’ll let that arrogance drip through in my performance, not in what I say. I believe you have to feel that way, but you don’t have to flaunt your abilities. There’s a difference between having a swagger and being so full of yourself that you’re annoying to be around because every word out of your mouth is about how great you are.
GREAT video from the TCU baseball team. How Bad Do You Want To Get Better?
Hard work prepares you for battle and gives you the inner confidence that you have an edge over your opponent.
Fall & Winter is not a time for rest. It is the best time to make the biggest strides in you game by:
- Developing your mechanics
- Developing your body
- Developing true inner confidence and a mentally tough mindset and approach to the game
Work hard these next 6 months to set yourself up for your best season yet!
Do you think your kid is overusing his arm? Check out this article talking about this growing problem.
- Over 30% of injuries are caused from overuse
- If you play your sport year round, be sure to take a few weeks off to let your tendons and ligaments heal
- Don’t let your coach overuse you in a single game
- Be more productive with your practicing- Higher quality reps lead to not needing as many reps
Check out this video of Tim Lincecum warming up before throwing in a spring training game. Notice how flexible he is (obviously helps him throw as hard as he does)! Also, watch how he keeps his front shoulder closed until toe touch as well as how much he leads with his back/butt and stays coiled until launch position. Also, look at how long his stride is and how he uses his legs to generate violent rotational force.
The FEELINGS you latch onto are essential to pulling yourself out of a slump.
Let’s take a look at Colorado Rockies’ Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s current ‘mini slump.’
Below you can read a well written article from David Martin in his blog Rockies Review with his thoughts. My thoughts are as follows:
As soon as Tulo stops thinking about the FEELINGS that are associated with the errors and waiving at the sliders and latches back onto the FEELINGS of when he is playing at his best, good things will come his way. This is how “slumps” work and the definition of mental toughness is how often a player can stay focused on the positive feelings and how quickly they can shift back to positive feelings when negative results show up in their game.
He’ll be fine as deep down, he knows what a great player he is. He just needs to (a) consciously shift his focus onto positive “Fun” feelings or (b) have some good results show up in his play that will automatically help him shift his focus to the “Fun” feelings that come from the positive results. If he chooses (a) he will more quickly get back to playing as the Tulo that we have all seen greatness from before.
Great Read this morning in the Denver Post about some of the reasons Petyon Manning is the only player ever to win 4 League MVP awards.
Notice the article referencing:
- Peyton’s intensity and work ethic is extreme.
- Peyton demands perfection. It’s never “Oh we will just get it done on Sunday.” Instead, “We will get this right…right here, right now in practice.” That way there will be no grey area on Sunday.
- Peyton is a constant “Student of his craft.” He writes down EVERYTHING. Thoughts, things people say in meetings, etc. to be able to reference at a later time.
- Former coach, David Cutcliffe on Manning: “I’ve heard him described as a sponge, but it’s beyond that, because a sponge can be squeezed and loses its contents. Peyton never loses anything he hears.”