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Super simple hitting trick

by Stacie ~ June 22nd, 2015.
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One aspect of the game parents often ask for help on is hitting. Specifically, “How do I get my daughter to hit better in games?”

Well, if she’s hitting fabulously in practice and struggling in games, one thing is obvious…

The way she approaches practice (mentally) and the way she approaches games are completely different.

This is where the problem lies.

So how can you help her be more relaxed in the game like she is in training or more intense in training like she is in the game?

Well, if you’re not the coach and don’t control her training environment, then, either she needs to put some pressure on herself in practice (i.e. think of game like scenarios in her head while she’s hitting), OR she needs to find ways to relax.

Maybe you can…

  • Have her take a deep breath and clear her mind before going in to the box.
  • Give her only ONE thought to take into the box with her.
  • Watch the language you use when you speak of game situations and practice situations when you talk with her. Is the language you use the same for both? Or are there “have to” messages coming through for game performances that aren’t there for practice.
  • Make sure she trains in the gear that she plays in.

Last, but certainly not least, have her try this super simple hitting trick…

Do visualization.

Every day (or as often as possible), go through an actual game at bat in your mind.

From taking the signal, to approaching the box, to setting up in the box, to looking out at the pitcher, to seeing the release of the ball, to clearly seeing the ball come in to your hitting zone, to hitting it solidly while actually executing a full speed swing with a bat.

See, feel, and execute the entire experience over and over and over again.

Don’t rush.

Put yourself in that situation daily, then “go there” in the game as well.

Feel as calm and in control when you enter the box in the game as you do during visualization. Your focus in the game should be as such that the experience is just as “quiet” in the game as it is in your visualization training.

Recreate what you practice/visualize in your games, your feelings, your thoughts, your demeanor, your movements, etc, etc, etc.

If you never actually practice what you DO want to have happen in the game, how do you ever expect to execute it consistently on game day?

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Hey Coach: Boost your team’s performance with this simple tip

by Stacie ~ May 25th, 2015.
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Looking to improve your team’s performance and results? Here is something too many coaches overlook. Press play and make sure you’re on track to helping your team perform at their best.

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When critics rant and rave, remember this …

by Stacie ~ May 18th, 2015.
Filed under: Coach Softball, Sports Parenting, Stacie's Thoughts | No Comments » |

Coach,

You will ALWAYS have critics. Stay focused on why you do what you do and on what matters most!

When you get defensive, you look guilty, or like you lack confidence in what you do. And maybe you do. Maybe you ARE doubting your own ability. But responding to frustrated critics rarely does you any good or helps you feel better about yourself or what you do.

Stay focused on the players, on what you want to help them accomplish/learn, on your mission and vision for any player you have the honor of working with. You’re not out there for the critics! You’re out there for the KIDS. Don’t let naysayers pull you’re attention away from what really matters.

And yes, I realize this is easier said than done at times. And YES, even I have allowed myself to be distracted by people who didn’t really matter. But that’s not a mistake I plan on repeating! Not in coaching nor in parenting :)

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