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One of the most unfortunate patterns that I’ve seen with youth players (and certainly older playes as well) is how experiencing “success” can negatively affect their work ethic.   Whether it’s a player committing to a college, being named “all-conference”, or making the “top” team…players often take their foot off of the gas when they feel like they’ve “made it”.   Let me be the first to tell you…don’t.   Let’s use the player that

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No I’m not about to quote a sappy, pop love song!   Players-how many times do you touch a baseball or swing a bat over the course of the year? Thousands upon thousands right?   Here’s my challenge to you…get better EACH touch and swing. Train with intent. Move with purpose.The truth is you can use all these reps to get better or get worse…one by one…did you get better or worse?   Now, I

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I get a lot of weird looks when I say that winning isn’t the end all be all at the youth level…especially from people that know me because they know how competitive of a person I am.   So why would I say something so crazy!?   Because I don’t see “the game” that we need to win as the game that is about to be played on the field this weekend.   “The game”

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So since you’re taking the time to read these weekly emails, I assume that you or someone you care about wants to play baseball in college.   Between being a college coach and running the MSI Baseball Program, I now have 12yrs of recruiting/recruiting assistance under my belt and have a unique perspective since I’ve now been involved on both sides of the recruiting process.   Here’s a list of things that I have never

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For starters, please take a second to read this text message I received this week…     I bet you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s the big deal?” right? Well, I’ll tell you…this text message was sent to me by a 13 year old player after he saw our updated practice gear policy. Holy crap! How many 13 year olds would do that!?   I consistently challenge our parents to put their sons in a position

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The Super Bowl has officially come and gone. This game is so insanely big that the entire country literally stops to watch it year after year.   Games like this are what every player fantasizes playing in…the biggest stage, the biggest spotlight, and the opportunity to be crowned as the best in the world.   But what’s the problem this fantasy can create?   It can cause us to prioritize our efforts on “bigger” games

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Anddddd I’m back! Thank you to all those for the kind words! Now let’s get back to business…   I was talking to a group of players this weekend about what their goals are for the season and unsurprisingly, all of them mentioned some type of stat…batting average, ERA, and strikeouts being the most common answers.   What is the potential problem with all of these stats? There are a ton of factors that can

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20 years from now, no one will remember (or care) about your Gamer Changer stats, exit velo, or your ranking.    As a young (dumb) college coach, I associated “success” with what the score board read at the end of the game…as I matured, I realized that there are much more important things in life than LED numbers behind a glass screen.   Stats are forgotten. Numbers fade over time.   Do you know what

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The facility was packed a few weeks ago and there was a younger player and his dad walking around trying to find an open space to get some tee work in. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any. However, one of our older players saw this young player looking to hit and invited him to join him on the tee.   Seemingly not a big deal right? Well, weeks later…guess what the younger player keeps talking about? Yep

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I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Why you ask?    Because it makes us feel that it’s the only time of the year that we can set goals and make positive life changes!   We only get ONE life. We shouldn’t reserve ourselves to one day of the year to set goals for the next calendar year of our lives.   Set goals (regardless of the time of year), write them down, work like heck to

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