The Trap of Immediacy
If I had to choose one thing to warn every family of a youth player about…this may be it.
It does NOT matter how “good” you are right now. What matters is that you are continuing to get better by doing the RIGHT things day in and day out.
I commonly see players (especially at younger ages) who are successful because they are simply more physically mature than everyone else. They don’t hustle. They don’t practice hard. They don’t take the time to learn the game. But yet, they are still putting up good stat lines because of their superior athleticism.
And on the flip side, I see players that are doing all the right things, but aren’t having the same amount of success because they are not as physically gifted (yet).
I strongly believe this to be true-Every time you step on the field, your god given “talent” matters less and less. Players are maturing, working hard, and catching up to the “physically gifted” player every day.
Don’t fall into the trap of immediacy. Fight the urge to allow short term “success” or “failure” affect your love of the game and how you prepare for it on a daily basis. Think long term!
Don’t get caught up admiring your stat line if it’s impressive. And don’t beat yourself up if it isn’t where you want it to be. Good or bad, just keep your head down and continue to do things the right way. It will add up.
Focus on being the best 18-22 year old, not the best Little League player. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute