(This one is for the ADULTS)
As parents and/or coaches, we have SO much influence on how a player feels about themselves, however, a lot of times, we take this for granted.
Guess who players look at when they mess up?
YEP! You guessed it…either their parent, coach, or both.
So regardless of which you are, please keep this simple question in mind…
When your son or player looks at you after “messing up”…do they gain confidence or do they lose it?
Honestly, the answer to that question is up to you.
Bad body language, pouting, etc. is only going to hurt their already fragile confidence.
So instead of any of those negative reactions, here’s what we should do…
Be relentlessly positive!
Someone strikes out? Who cares!? Give them a pat on the back, coach ’em up, and be in their corner for next AB.
Your son had a bad game? Who cares!? They know it. Trust me, they know it. Be there for them! Tell them that you love watching them play and leave it at that. If they want to talk about it, they’ll come to you.
OUR behavior can have a massive effect on a player. Positive or negative, that’s up to us! Let’s make a pack to be positive…to be a source of CONFIDENCE for our sons and/or players.
Baseball is tough enough. Be a positive influence. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute