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The Trap of Immediacy    If I had to choose one thing to warn every family of a youth player about…this may be it.   It does NOT matter how “good” you are right now. What matters is that you are continuing to get better by doing the RIGHT things day in and day out.   I commonly see players (especially at younger ages) who are successful because they are simply more physically mature than

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Why Does Coach Care About This? I’m mixing things up this weekend and including a picture! Shocker, I know. This is a tweet from a current Head DI Baseball Coach (who actually recruited one of my brothers-great dude!) from the past weekend. So next time your coach gives you crap about leaving a messy dugout, realize he is doing it because he cares about you and doesn’t want you to lose out on opportunities because

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So we had our 10-12u tryouts this past week and during the tryouts, I took note of something during one of the tryouts..   A player took two rounds. The first round he absolutely crushed the ball. He came back to the dugout confident and happy.   The second round, he struggled a little bit. This time when he came back to the dugout, he told me he “stunk and couldn’t hit”.   I feel

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News flash boys…Coach is NOT picking on you. In fact, I bet it’s quite the opposite.   If a coach is providing you feedback, position or NEGATIVE, that is a sign that he cares about you and your career.    Far too often I see players get defensive or shut down when they are being coached (given feedback).    As coaches, we don’t care if you did something “wrong”. We just want to make sure

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Winners and Losers Well here we go…I’m going to talk about the importance of winning right? Nope…I’m not. In fact, I think the concept of “winning” is what ruins youth sports. There is a substantial difference between winning/losing AND winners/losers. Losers can win. Winners can lose. Results are simply a reflection of how good you were in that two hour window. That doesn’t define the player, despite popular opinion. So what’s the difference? Here it

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The SECRET to Getting a College Scholarship   What’s the secret way to be recruited to play baseball in college? I get asked this all the way.   The secret is, there are no secrets. There are no shortcuts. There are no tricks.   Are there certain things that you should and should not be doing to help your chances? Absolutely!    But here’s what really matters… BE REALLY GOOD! Only 6.8% of high school

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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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