Come Be Obsessed
If you are reading this, then I imagine you are involved with travel ball in some way, shape, or form. This means that your fall season is winding down and you are most likely having tryouts soon for your spring/summer team before giving yourself a break for the first time in 9 months.
At any age, tryouts can be stressful. Will I make THE team? Will I make A team? Well, I’m here to tell you something that you are not hearing enough.
THE TEAM THAT YOU MAKE/DON’T MAKE WILL NOT MAKE OR BREAK YOUR BASEBALL CAREER
I don’t care if you’re 8 years old or 17 years old. It won’t, unless YOU allow it too. And as proof, I’m going to tell you a very brief story about a current MLB player.
He wasn’t the best player in Little League. He wasn’t the best player throughout travel ball. He wasn’t on Varsity as a freshman. In fact, he was NEVER the best player on any team he played on his entire life until he was a senior in High School. And guess what? Two years later, he was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. TENTH!
So let’s make this clear, he went from not being the best player on ANY team he played on (until his senior year) to being the 10th overall pick in the MLB Draft only two years later! How do I know this? Because this player is my brother Cory, who’s entering his 4th year in the bigs for the San Diego Padres.
So, what does this mean for you? It means that being on the top team, second team, third team, or heck, even the seventh team matters very little. What ACTUALLY matters is how much you truly want to reach your potential.
And this is where people get confused. Accumulating plastic trophies doesn’t make you a stud. Playing on the “top” team doesn’t mean that you’re going to be a D1 player. Putting up big numbers doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get drafted. What college coaches/pro teams care about is how good you are right now. So, don’t get caught up in “accolades”. Instead, get caught up in your process and your own development.
Now, I know you’re all sitting there thinking “ohh I work really hard” though coach. Sorry, but working hard isn’t a special trait. Loving the game isn’t a special trait. EVERYONE who wants to play at the next level does these things.
How are you different? How is your process TRULY different from the players you’re competing against? Are you obsessed or is this something you just enjoy? That’s the question you need to ask yourself. Are you obsessed or is this a hobby?
What you DO on a daily basis are your priorities, not what you SAY your priorities are. So, if you’re skipping that nap, video game session, or night out with your buddies to improve your game, you’re our type of guy.
Who cares how “good” you are right now? We don’t. Let’s prove some people wrong. Come be obsessed.
Director of Teams
Maplezone Sports Institute