Monday Motivational Tip of the Day
Practice, just to practice, often leads to more failure. There has to be a purpose to the practice. Coach John Wooden often said that players should, "Be quick but not hurry," and this applies to their practice habits as well. Most players go for quantity of repetitions instead of quality, which gets them on the path to mediocrity. As a coach, I continually am telling players to slow down and do it correctly. Once they can do it correctly, they can then begin to do it faster.
One of the first points I try to impress upon ballplayers is that performing an action correctly one time and then incorrectly the next, never leads to improvement. Improvement only comes by putting more actions that are correct in a system than bad ones. Along the same line, the closer players get to doing something correctly every time the quicker improvement shows up. It's the fundamentals first, with the speed to follow.
Of course, baseball requires very difficult skills to perfect, so I teach the 80% rule, where players to try to do something correctly at least eight out of ten times, knowing that perfection, 10 out of ten correct actions, is most difficult, although the goal.
Of course, certain things are necessary so the quality exists.
In time, coaches will notice that players begin to slow down, practice good habits and achieve greater success.
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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