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 has committed to a college as an example. 6.8% of high school players commit to play in college. Awesome accomplishment! Be proud! But realize that actually getting ON the field at the college level will be the biggest challenge of that player’s career thus far.
In college, that player will ONLY be competing against the top 6.8% of high school players. Oh yeah, not to mention that they will also be competing against the top 6.8% of players 1 to 3 years older than them who have either already experienced success at the college level or have not and are sick of sitting the bench! Keep working even after making the committment!
Don’t let success soften your work ethic. Enjoy your success, but just know that it also means that the next challenge you will undertake will be even more difficult and will take even more preparation.
Keep your foot on the gas. Embrace the next challenge. You GET to chase that next new goal. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute