Baseball coaching tips of the day
I hate to admit it, but there were times early in my major league career that I played scared on the baseball field. I was so afraid I would screw up that my concentration level was not where it should have been. With that weak mental outlook, the result was exactly that – I screwed up. With many youth athletes, the same occurs. Fear of failure and letting mom and dad down are difficult things for youth to overcome.
* Separate what players do on the field and “who they are” by treating them as more than athletes.
* Let players know that perfection is unattainable and not expected, but working hard for it is a goal itself.
* Let kids know that failure is a setback only when they do nothing about it and that staying focused on their goals is the key to satisfaction.