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Softball Performance Tips – Can Be Really Destructive

JennaHitting.jpgBy Coach Marc

I started working with my team officially this weekend with our first practice yesterday.

We have a good hitting team. And yesterday, I was  introducing a few simple softball hitting concepts mostly about stance, rythm and loading/trigger/negative movements.

I have one player who said “I can’t do it”.


“I can’t do it. My body won’t do it.”

Are you kidding me?

Wow – we got also as much, if not more coaching on the  thinking and mental side than we do on the technical side.

But you know what? It is certainly not usual.

In this case, this young lady was actually arguing with me to convince me that she couldn’t do it.

I’m only talking about a slight trigger here. What else can’t she do? I’m looking forward to see.

This is actually very typical.

And this is a big block to getter better.

Kids are used to instant success, instant fixes, to getting what they want NOW!

They aren’t used anymore to working hard and facing obstacles to get what they want.

This kind of thinking is really a big road block to getting  better.

You really can’t afford to think like that if you want to get better.

Learning works this way..

1) you have to be willing to try something else and have an open mind

2) Willingly integrate the new stuff

3) Understand that it will NOT work right away

4) Understand that you actually will probably be even worse than it was because you learning a new thing

5) Understand it will take time to master it and before you feel comfortable.

Learning takes time.

Learning is like taking 3 steps back to take 5 forward after.

You have to move back before you can move forward a few steps.

And pleazzzzzzzze… get rid of that I can’t do attitude.

So useless, so destructive.


Comments on Softball Performance Tips – Can Be Really Destructive »

October 19, 2008

The Little League Coach @ 12:26 pm

Hi Mark,

I find this more in girls than boys too. Girls seem to immediately say they can’t while boys do it wrong and boast about how they are doing it right.

On all of my teams the word “can’t” is strictly forbidden. If it slips out you should see the other players and hear the oohhs and ahhhss. Pretty funny.

Instead of “can’t” we use “not able to yet” or “Struggling with”, these are terms that insinuate success in the future along the lines of your “if you work at it you will be better in the long run” attitude you are professing here.

Being in FL, the other word not allowed on our teams is “hot”, but that’s for another time.

Eliminate “can’t” from the vocabulary and it eliminates failure as an option. The only option is future success.

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