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 youth baseball is placed solely on winning, it really needs to be placed on development! I can promise you all that your future high school, college, or pro coach will never ask what your winning percentage was…especially as an 11U player.
Don’t let losses crush you and don’t let wins get to your head. After every game, ask yourself, “did I get better?”
If the answer is “yes” then you had a good day on the diamond. If the answer is “no” then it’s time to re-evaluate what you’re doing out there.
Losing isn’t fatal, far from it, however stagnant development is absolutely fatal. Strive to get better every time you’re out on the field. Be obsessed.
Director of Teams
Maplezone Sports Institute