Tag Archive: mental game

Detach Yourself from the Result

In this video, I talk about how focusing too much on the result can cause a breakdown in mechanics and poor pitch quality.

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Transitioning from Lesson to Game

In today’s video I talk about taking what you learn in your lessons onto the field.

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Returning from a Major Injury

We’ve all had injuries. They can be painful, emotionally draining, and frustrating. Minor injuries happen all the time, but some may require extensive time off, physical therapy, or even the dreaded word no athlete wants to hear…surgery. After a major injury like that, returning to your sport can be a stressful and scary experience. I know how it feels; at age 24 I’ve had more injuries, surgeries, and physical therapy treatments than I’d like, both softball and non-sport related. Today I want to share some injury recovery tips from my experience with you.

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Quick Tip: Avoid Getting Overwhemled by What You’re Learning

When you’re first learning a skill like pitching or hitting, or when you’re trying to work on breaking more than one bad habit, lessons can be overwhelming. After every pitch or swing, your coach might rattle off a list of things to change. After the next one, it’s something different. You change one thing, but you forget about something else. Trying to keep track of all the things you’re doing incorrectly can be overwhelming, and often not very productive.

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A Bad Trend In Young Athletes

As Americans, we’re growing accustomed to putting too much on our plate, and I’m not talking about food. It’s a trend that is influencing young athletes who are being run down physically and mentally with unhealthy schedules and expectations. Who’s to blame?

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What Causes Athletes to Choke in High Pressure Situations?

The MLB postseason is my favorite time of the year when it comes to sports. This year has been particularly exciting, with kind of a crazy number of come-from-behind victories, both in single games and in whole series. As is to be expected, this has prompted a lot of talk from baseball analysts about the role of postseason experience, momentum, and choking. When a great player suddenly performs very poorly in the spotlight, it’s easy to say, “Oh, he totally CHOKED.” But what does that really mean, and how can that knowledge help YOU perform better in big games?

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Staying Focused in Front of College Coaches and Screaming Fans

Today we have another wonderful guest post from former East Coast #1 NCAA pitching recruit Jill Schonberg. Jill is going to share some important wisdom from her years of being a high level pitcher and give you some tips for how to pitch in high pressure situations. Enjoy!

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