Presented by Robby Sexton, Assistant Coach
Baseball Tip: 3 Things You Can Control in an Uncontrollable Game
It is no secret that baseball requires incredible skill and athleticism. However, baseball players come in all different shapes and sizes making it a game for everyone. There are many aspects to baseball which you cannot control. Top athletes try to focus on parts of the game they can control, which is what allows them to be successful. Nike Baseball Camps encourages athletes to focus on the following three areas that are within their control.
- Preparation: The work you put in every day at practice will determine how you play in the game. Habits are formed by doing thousands of repetitions. Making each rep count in practice will prepare you to perform during a game. Understand that each day is an opportunity to get better, but it is up to you to put in the time and effort.
- Mindset during the game: Weather, umpires, errors, bad hops, and obnoxious fans are some examples of things you cannot control. What you can control is how you react to any adversity that comes your way. You can let these things affect how you play, or you can choose to acknowledge the adversity and move on with a positive attitude. If something happens that isn’t good, a tool to reset is telling yourself “next play”.
- Mindset after the game: Use your performance as motivation. Whether you played a great game or did not play well at all, you can grow tremendously as a player if you are willing to be critical of yourself. A willingness to look at your performance with an unbiased attitude will help you understand what you need to work on. In addition, it is important to acknowledge what you did well and celebrate the wins.
Implementing these tips will help you stay calm, cool, and collected during your baseball season. Remember, just like throwing a baseball, these mental skills take practice to become a habit. For further help with your game, check out more Nike Baseball Tips, and join us this summer!