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If you opened this email hoping that I was going to complain about umpires, you’re going to be disappointed. In fact, complaining about anything that is not under our control is pretty pointless in general and is also one of my biggest pet peeves when talking to players, coaches, and parents.    A problem isn’t a problem if you can do something about it. Either make an adjustment or rise above it. Period. Often times,

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The more I watch youth sports, the more I think coaches try and control the game too much. From the number system to calling every single pitch, coaches seem to need control over every aspect of the game.   What does the coach making all the decisions teach our players? I’ll tell you…it teaches them to obey a command instead of teaching THEM how to play the game! We wonder why players have low baseball

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When do you play hard? When are you a good teammate? When are you locked in at practice? When do you handle adversity well?    For the bad, solid, and good players, the answer to these questions are all fairly similar…they do all these things when things are going their way, their team is winning, and it’s 75 and sunny out.   Elite players are great teammates when their team is losing.   Elite players

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I had one of my former college players reach out to me over the weekend because he was bummed at how his career was “coming to an end”. He unfortunately suffered an injury his senior year and really hasn’t been able to play much this year. I think it’s natural to let what has happened most recently affect how we view something as a whole (his career).   Now this young man got to play

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What Success REALLY Looks Like   You worked your tail off all winter…nice work! Just don’t expect to all of a sudden be the best player in your conference.    One of the biggest issues in player development is thinking that it will happen all of a sudden and results will be automatic. Unfortunately for all you hard workers out there, that is usually not the case.   Development really looks like this….    

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Attention All Softball Players,   Did you accomplish your personal goals this tryout season? Did you have your heart on making Varsity/JV/middle school team? Sometimes even when we accomplish our initial goals the outlook might seem grim if our position is being tied up by an upperclassman or a more talented developed player. What can you do about it? The truth is that…   “Hard work beats talent when talent is not working hard”    Your ability to outwork,

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If you’re really into the game then you hate losing. Pretty simple concept. However, I’m here to tell you that wins and loses may not be as important as you think, especially at the younger ages.   Why is that? Because you can win a game and not get any better. And on the flip side, you can lose a game and improve.   So despite the fact that a lot of the focus in

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I’m sure we’ve all heard this one whether it’s from a player, teammate, or son right? Well I hate to break it to you, but coaches 100% have favorites. BUT they do it for a good reason (with a few exceptions unfortunately). Why would a coach have a favorite? Because that player makes their life easier and helps the team win! Here is a sort list of what “favorites” do consistently… PRACTICE hard Play hard

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Congrats to everyone that made “the team”…whether it’s your Freshmen, JV, or Varsity team, I’m sure you were pumped to see your name on the list at the end of try outs.   For those of you that didn’t see their name or didn’t see it on the “right” list…well it’s time to do something about it. And that “something” doesn’t involve pouting or pointing fingers.   As the great Happy Gilmore (a character in

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So I was at a family party this past weekend (not mine though so it was mostly made up of soccer players, but let’s not hold that against them) and a lively discussion started up because one of the travel coaches was giving out “report cards” to their players ranking their skills, attitude, etc. Despite it being a favorable report, this set of parents were debating not showing their son his report card so he

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