One of the things that bothers me when giving baseball lessons is the player who gets upset after one bad swing. My first thought, of course, it is an unspoken one is, "This game is not for you" or "You better change or you will go nuts." It is not hard to spot a perfectionist when coaching hitting because they are never satisfied when hitting a baseball, even after smoking some. The minute they fail to hit one good, they are upset again. Of all the skills in sports, hitting a baseball is full of failure, and players better get used to it. The perfectionist has little chance of long term staying power in the sport. With that in mind, one of my batting practice rules of coaching hitting is, "If you are going to get upset with every mishit, you must smile and celebrate every good hit, period." I fail to pitch a ball until I see the player smile after a well-hit ball.
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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