Motivational Monday Tip of the Day - Learn the Fundamentals First, Confidence Will Follow
Key to mental toughness is not in the head, after all?
If you have been around youth sports at all, you have probably heard some of these statements.
"Great swing but it's in her head," "He is psyched out," "She gets so nervous," "He loses aggressive in games," "It's mental" "They can do it in practice, but not in games"
When a parent says one of those when talking about their child, I respond with "I would rather have great fundamentals than have confidence." Of course, I say that knowing that one (the fundamentals) leads to the other.
People may be are right but there is a reason why it has gotten to their head. The fundamentals are not as good as one might think. Good fundamentals solve almost all things and good results usually follow.
It is very difficult to change someone's mental thoughts. That is why there are sports psychologists, but helping them improve their fundamentals is easier, when players are willing to put in the work. Better fundamentals improve performance, which leads to confidence and mentally tougher players - guaranteed.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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