Focus on what you can control: timing, swing, pitch selection, mental strategies. Staying positive is not enough. Staying positive is a good goal, but not realistic all the time. Self-talk including self- criticism happens to everyone.
And of the four “major” sports in the United States, baseball is by far the most mentally challenging and demanding. Demanding, because there is so much dead time compared to other sports. Dead time gives baseball players lots of time to think, and thinking is often at the root of tension, pressure and anxiety.
Mental toughness helps you rise to meet the small challenges in each game. For example, each pitch in a baseball game is a challenge itself with every pitch having a combination of factors that makes each situation unique.
If you notice you over thinking your throw, say to yourself, “See the target, hit the target.” This simple phrase can remind you to stop overthinking and re-focus your attention on your approach to each hitter. Remember that your fear of a bad throw–and what that means to you–drives the over thinking and over control.
The key traits sought in players include:- Self-confidence. A baseball player cannot afford to overthink his actions.
As compiled by Silver, these five qualities are:- Preparedness and Work Ethic.
Give them positive challenges and set small goals every time they practice together. Share praise and encouragement often. During games, stay composed and focused. You’ll need to deliver instructions during play, but don’t overdo it.
In some people, the yips are a type of focal dystonia, a condition that causes involuntary muscle contractions during a specific task. It’s most likely related to overuse of a certain set of muscles, similar to writer’s cramp. Anxiety worsens the effect.
Sports: Psych-up Techniques- Intense breathing. Just as deep breathing can reduce intensity, intense breathing can increase it.
Move your body. Remember that intensity is, most basically, physiological activity.
High-energy body language.
Key Competitive Situations.
The program is called The Bulletproof Hitter, a 6 lesson program designed for baseball and softball players of all ages, to help give them the tools to deal with their emotions, be confident and play better when it matters most.
Pre-race nausea is most commonly caused by the nerves and anxiety that big races and high-pressure situations put on a runner. And those nerves are nearly universal for competitive runners.
WINNING THE MENTAL GAME: It is often said that wrestling is 90% mental. This is key…and it is also very true.
Baseball is a sport that not only can be physical tough but also involves lots of mental courage. Muscle memory plays a key role in the game. You must use the visualisation techniques before, during and after games.
Fielding ability: the ability to field in youth baseball requires athleticism, soft hands, and good on-field awareness. Arm strength: a hard thrower is generally a talented player. Coaching a harder throw is possible, but this is generally a god-given ability.
Learn more. You should run from anyone who tries to tell you that pitching isn’t mental, that it’s merely a physical, mechanical endeavor. Being a pitcher is hard, in part because of how much the mental side comes in to play on a pitch-by-pitch, inning-by-inning basis.
A hitter should have these lists of skills: (Bat Speed) the ability to swing the bat quickly · the ability to consistently hit the ball hard. knowledge of the strike zone · the ability to turn on a major league fastball. the ability to hit breaking pitches.
Great hitters always want to be in the mood to hit while they’re in the batter’s box and simply reacting to a pitch is a great way to strike out with the bat on your shoulders. So, anticipate the next pitch and anticipate swinging at that pitch. You have three strikes during each at-bat so use that to your advantage.