I get a lot of weird looks when I say that winning isn’t the end all be all at the youth level…especially from people that know me because they know how competitive of a person I am.
So why would I say something so crazy!?
Because I don’t see “the game” that we need to win as the game that is about to be played on the field this weekend.
“The game” that we need to focus on winning is the that of long term development…let’s call it the long game. The long game that is what someone looks like when they’re 18 years old and older. It’s about developing a set of skills, competitiveness, and character that will all play at a high level.
By focusing on winning right now, we focus on immediate results and lose sight of our developmental process.
Instead of focusing on immediate results, challenge yourself to answer these three questions each time you leave the field…
Were you able to translate things you were working on in training to the field?
What adjustments do you need to make in your training this week?
And most importantly, did you have FUN?
If you can constistanetly check all three of these boxes, you will win the game that matters.
Focus on development. Focus on being an elite competitor. And, most importantly, enjoy doing it…regardless of the short term “results”. Play the long game. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute