Sunday Setting Sights on Success
Mentally tough players have the confidence and the willingness to compete, no matter the circumstances. They do not shy away from challenges, when others would rather let their teammates handle the tough situations. Of course, mentally tough players have previous success to fall back on, whereas others do not.
It is a beautiful baseball sight to see a batter foul off a great number of pitches, before finally getting a hit, working the walk, or even striking out. People praise that player for their mental toughness. The following player strikes out on three pitches and people assume the player lacks the mental toughness to succeed. That may be, but usually, there is a simple answer to the difference in players. One player has better hitting fundamentals than the other player does, with mental toughness having nothing to do with it.
Many coaches give up on players who appear to lack mental toughness, assuming that some players naturally have it, and others do not. The good news is that mental toughness is one of the easiest things for coaches to help players attain. It is just a matter of improving their fundamentals. Better fundamentals lead to success and the resulting mental toughness.
Most coaches demand players do things their way. Unfortunately, most people do not like to be told what they must do. The best coaches do not demand, they ask. This method has a better chance of gaining players willingness to practice, which is the first step to building a team of confident players.
Teams that have the most mentally tough players, generally win. Therefore, coaches simply need to develop more mentally tough players and winning follows. Easier said than done, but coaches, who stick with coaching the fundamentals develop confident players, who usually, win.
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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