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You Can’t Microwave Your Mental Game

There is little doubt that we live in a microwave society. Unfortunately that has led to players having an unrealistic view on how development works. This is especially true when they begin working on their mental game. They think there is always a quick, fast or simple way to get better. There is no easy […]

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The Fight For Control

Have you ever watched a baseball player walk to the plate and you can see the tension in his face?  He has rehearsed this scenario many times in his mind. His parents, coaches and teammates have all said all of the encouraging things they can… “Just relax up there”  “Just have some fun”  “Have some […]

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Know Who You Are

One of the best pitching programs out there is located at the Texas Baseball Ranch in Montgomery, Texas.  The owner, Ron Wolforth, has developed a program that goes way beyond just developing the pitcher’s physical talents.  One of his coaches, Flint Wallace, recently discussed a tweet from Justin Su’a that listed seven aspects a person […]

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Being Great Is…

Boring! Were you expecting something more profound than that? Well hear me out and maybe I’ll change your mind. The number one problem that you face, that we all face, is distraction. And I’m not talking about girlfriends/boyfriends, friends/family, or school/jobs. What I am talking about is that we think we got X figured out […]

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My Most Challenging Client Ever

One of the more challenging clients I have worked with was a 14U girls softball player named Carmen. Carmen played on an elite travel softball team and was very successful. Her father brought her in and said she just wasn’t playing with the SWAG and CONFIDENCE she always had before. We spoke for some time […]

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The 1-Minute Mental Practice

Anyone who has been around the game of baseball has seen it countless times.  A player strikes out and his body language screams, “I suck!!!  I am a failure!!” His parents are encouraging, “It’s okay Matt!!!” His teammates try to pick him up, “Don’t worry Matt…we still have plenty of innings left.  You will get […]

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Triggering Consistent Levels of Confidence During Competition

The dictionary defines confidence as: “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.” For all the talk and advice about how valuable it is for baseball players, young and old, to be confident, I am shocked at how little anyone really does toward actually building it. The standard advice to boost a player’s confidence is […]

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Crush It In The Game Like You Do In Practice

Oh the old famous question, “How do I rip it on game day like I do in practice?”  This is a question that I hear almost daily. I had a coach explain to me that it was easy to understand.  In batting practice they KNOW they are getting a belt high fast ball right down […]

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Pitcher’s Unexpected Loss of Velocity or Command

We have all seen a pitcher cruising along, mowing down the other team, and then POOF!!!  It’s gone!!! How did that happen? Did his mechanics change?  Did he suddenly forget how to pitch?  Is it a fatigue issue? Generally speaking…no, none of these are the answer.  I will argue (a little later in the post) that […]

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