First off, I hope everyone recognizes the title as the famous Allen Iverson quote (The Practice Rant Interview-skip to the 25 second mark) and not poor grammar on my part.
Second, one of the biggest surprises I’ve run in to since diving into the “travel ball scene” is how practice is looked at…in an optional way.
Practicing your craft is the single most important thing you can do right now for your baseball career, regardless of your age.
I know a lot of you are playing other sports, have school work, and other miscellaneous activities that make attending practices tougher during this time of the year, but so do many other players that do make time to get to practice.
What you do with your time is what your priorities really are. Not what you say, what you do. Plain and simple.
If your baseball career is a priority to you, then you find a way to practice, regardless of how “inconvenient” it may be.
You’d be shocked at how much better you can get by dedicating an hour each day to this game. Put down the video games. Turn off the TV. Instagram will be there when you’re done.
Take pride in getting a little better each day. Practice. Be obsessed.
Director of Teams
Maplezone Sports Institute