Do not forget this, the key to baseball success does not start in a player's
If I have heard this statement once from parents I have heard it a thousand times, "It's in his/her head" or "It's mental." Maybe they are right but there is a good chance it was put in their head from the adult saying something to that effect. I always respond with give them the correct fundamentals and I will take my chances with what is in the player's head, it is the only way for sustained baseball success.
Of course, talent and God-given athleticism have a big role but without ever learning the correct fundamentals of a skill, baseball players have little chance to be as good as they can be. Natural talent and even hard work can only take players so far. The ultimate key to baseball success is performing the correct fundamentals. Players, who perform the correct fundamentals, usually develop into the mentally toughest baseball players.
Many athletes have proven that they can overcome natural talent with hard work but only with the adherence to good fundamentals. Focus, determination, concentration, confidence usually fall in line the better a player's mechanics and ultimately, baseball success follows
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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