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Baseball Coaching tips of the day

When I think back on my playing days, my mind automatically goes to the famous song, My Way by Frank Sinatra. I just put a little twist to the line, “Regrets I’ve had a few.” My version goes like this, “Regrets, I’ve so many, but then again, too many to mention.” Well, maybe they are not necessarily regrets but like many people, I wish I could do it all again. I guess I will just put them into the category of “If I only knew then what I know now.” It’s easier to live with that thought than outright regrets, I suppose.

Anyway, the point is the many things I didn’t do spur me to be a better coach. I do not want to see young athletes make the mistakes I made. So, following are the top things that I try to instill into a young player’s development based on my experienced shortcomings.

  1. Learn the mechanics inside and out to keep confidence, and so adjustments can me made on the fly.
  2. Maintain physical strength as it helps lead to confidence.
  3. Work smart so you don’t have to work so hard. When exhaustion nears, the work will not pay off.
  4. Have versatility – thinking you must play a certain position is often a career killer.
  5. Complete, relaxed in-game focus overcomes fear of failure.

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