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Softball Performance Tips – Start with Great Expectations

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

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To Win, Start with Great Expectations

Everyone has known a fastpitch softball coach or two who never seems to be happy.  Ask him/her how the team is looking and you get a tale of woe that makes you wonder how the coach gets out of bed in the morning.  Then you watch the team and you realize they are a manifestation of the coach’s negative view.

Our sport is hard enough without making it harder on ourselves — player, coach or parent. What’s often needed is a positive mental attitude — in other words, setting out some great expectations for ourselves and the team.

I’m not talking about being unrealistic.  You can’t take a group of marginally interested players and expect them to win ASA Nationals.  Ain’t gonna happen no matter how positive you think. But you can expect your team/kids to play to the level at which they are capable — and have been trained. When you do that, you can also expect them to win most of their games.

Winning and losing both tend to be contagious.  If you step onto the field expecting to win, you stand a better chance than if you expect to lose. And once you win a few and start believing in yourselves, more wins are sure to come.  It becomes a self-feeding mechanism.

The same goes for losing.  When you expect to lose it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  You make the little physical errors and mental mistakes that lead to losses, then figure “That’s what I thought would happen.”

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Softball Success Tips: Do the Hardest Thing

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by Stacie Mahoe

If softball success was easy, everyone would be an all-star, but its not and, while everyone may get a trophy nowadays, not everyone is an all-star.

What’s that thing they say about success? Oh yeah, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Therefore, in order to achieve softball success, you must be willing to do what others are not. You must be willing to put in the work, not just when you feel like it, but all the time, day in and day out.

The “secret” to success for most people is actually not some secret formula or mysterious strategy.  It rarely has anything to do with the latest trend or training at the best facilities.  In fact the “secret” most successful people know is pretty boring and UN-glamourous.  In order to achieve “great” things, you must do the work and possess the willingness to do the hardest thing.

What hardest thing? You know, the thing you don’t particularly like doing.  The thing you would gladly skip if no one made you do it.  The thing you practically can’t stand even though you know it’s good for you and you know doing it will improve your softball performance.

You must be willing to do that thing.

So many players and coaches say they want to be successful, win big games, accumulate amazing stats, and win the biggest prize…and yet they are unwilling to do the work it takes to get to that level.  They often put off the hard stuff or dog the tough training.  They pass up the opportunity to train harder, focus better, increase intensity, or put in more time than their competition.  They might sustain full blown commitment and effort for a short period of time, but grow weary of the discipline and dedication required as the season drags on.

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