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The game can turn on one play, how do you handle the one bad play, and were you ready?
Several of the playoff games have come down to one or two critical plays which have had a decided impact on the outcome of the game. Many games can be traced back to a particular moment when the play that needed to be made didn’t get made. Only the player involved in the miscue truly knows whether he was ready and fully engaged to make the play. The players of quality will be honest with their assessment of their role in a game’s outcome and will work harder in the future to be prepared for the critical moment.
Excerpt from Gods, Gloves, Pop-ups, and Ponies:
“How a player deals with the outcome of a play is the toughest part, because no matter how many variables there are on a given play, the player either makes the play or he doesn’t. The exceptional player, the one who has placed himself in the right position, who is tuned in and in an athletic position, who sees the pitch is not where we wanted to throw it, and who makes the good break on the ball but still misses the ball, he’s the one who should be reasonable with himself. The player who is not prepared in all these areas should take the miss as a failure and blame himself for a situation which he may have been able to avoid with a little more preparation and a little more desire to help his team and himself succeed. The unprepared player needs to acknowledge inside that he failed to do everything within his control to be ready for the play presented to him.”