Daily Barks

Who has really changed?

“You Know what makes me sick to my stomach ? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids.We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. Were the ones that have changed.”

Frank Martin
Head SC Basketball Coach

Choose who you are as an athlete..


While there are physical elements necessary to be considered a great athlete, the most important characteristics are all choices that athletes make and all within every athlete’s control. “Like what?” you might ask. Having a teachable spirit, integrity, discipline, mental toughness, accountability, and selflessness are critical to becoming a truly great athlete. The beauty of each of these is they require no special skill, talent, or physical qualities. You just have to choose to make these characteristics a part of who you are. Choose to become the best you are capable of becoming.

I Voted

I voted for……..

Baseball fields that have a outfield fence, no more singles that turn into home runs.
Parks with clean restrooms for parents
Snack bars with a good variety
Snack bars that have coffee for the early morning start times
Tournaments that give the players a free tourney shirt instead of charging them 15.00
Tournaments that reward good fair teams with good parents and fans, keep the shady ones away.
Tournaments that are about the kids not about the money
Fields that are dragged before every game
Decent mounds
Decent foul lines
Decent batter boxes
Umpires all on the same page, same rules !
Tourneys to run and start on time
No participation trophy
No awards for silver bracket
Bad loud rude parents to be thrown out and banned for the rest of the tourney .

“Who Do You Blame”

“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.”

Helicopter Parents

Are you a Helicopter Parent
posted by NCSA

Do not call out your son or daughter’s coach about a play called or decision made during the game.

Not ever. Remember, coaches will have what’s best for the team on their mind. If it seems like that might not be the case, take time to think through your reaction, and what makes you question their motivation. At the very least, you’ll give yourself a chance not to react emotionally — and it’ll allow the coach to continue to focus on the team and competition at hand.

Really, anything other than positive cheering is not permitted at a game.

*No negative words or gestures from the sidelines.
*Do not talk about other players, parents, or the coach in any breath other than the upmost compliment.
*Under no circumstances should you taunt the refs, the other team, or parents from the other team; if someone tries to engage with you, ignore them.

Leave the coaching to the coach, especially at home.

Your child loves you. They love playing sports. They love when you support them in their sport, and it’s important to support their coach, too.

Unless your son or daughter approaches you with a question or in need of advice or critique, don’t approach them unless it’s positive, like by saying “I love to watch you play.”

Remove “we” from your sports or recruiting vocabulary when talking about your son or daughter.

“We” aren’t going to college. “We” don’t have 3.2 GPA. “We” didn’t narrow our choices down to five schools.

Your child needs your support through the recruiting process. “It takes a village,” after all. But when it comes down to it, it’s your student-athlete who is going to college, and will need to be responsible for earning that GPA, or passing the SAT/ACT with a certain score, or working hard enough in their sport to compete at the next level.

Whether it’s choosing to stay in state or skip the old man’s alma mater, make sure your student-athlete knows they have your help and support as they work toward becoming the best version of themselves they can be.

Slow it Down!!!

Slow the Game Down
The most important mental game concept to master in order to maximize talent is slowing the game down. The game slows down on it’s own when you are feeling confident, comfortable, and in control. But during those times when pressure increases or when you find yourself questioning your abilities, there are a few simple keys that can help keep the game from speeding up. Shifting to an external focus is the best way to slow your perception of time. Hitters can do this by improving their tracking skills. Pitchers need to balance their external focus between broad and narrow channels and not every pitcher will find that balance in the same way. But the common thread for pitchers that master the external balance between broad and narrow is developing a rhythm that keeps their mechanics and game awareness in tact. Automatic thinking is another way to slow the game down. Practice, learning through experience, and using confidence are all ways to turn conscious processes into automatic ones. Remember that time isn’t speeding up and slowing down, it’s our perception of time that is changing. That perception is under your control. And it’s your key to performing under pressure.

The Difference between Mental and Physical Errors

The Difference Between Mental and Physical Errors
1) While physical errors are part of the game even at the professional level, every player should strive to minimize mental errors at all levels.

2) The two biggest mental errors are:
a. Not being mentally ready to hit, run, or field (which includes

knowing what to do in various situations).
b. Letting a previous error, bad call, fans, other team, strikeout etc.

affect how you play going forward. (You would be surprised how well kids understand this once you explain it to them.)

3) Like any other skill-set, minimizing mental errors needs to be practiced through coaching and repetition.

Throwing Drills

Baseball Throwing Drills

Ready-Break-Throw

  • Players start in a throwing position with their lead shoulder, hip and foot pointed toward the target.
  • On coach’s command, players break their hands (separate them) and hold for one or two seconds for self-evaluation, ensuring they’re in the proper throwing position.
  • On coach’s command, players throw to a specific point on the target, making sure to fully finish their throw.
  • On the return throw, players step with their glove-side foot to meet the ball, jumping into the “ready” position.

Alternative: Have a teammate hold his/her glove in different locations to concentrate on accuracy. Changing the location is a good way to stay sharp.

Ready-Throw

  • Same as ” Ready-Break-Throw,” except there is no pause.
  • Players must still emphasize meeting the ball and getting into a proper throwing position.
  • In a further stage, position players can simulate different aspects of their positions during the return throw; for example, middle infielders can work on their double play pivot, and corner infielders can work on their relay throw.

Quick Release

  • This is the next step in the progression. It is great for improving a fielder’s footwork and hands as well as accuracy.
  • Players make the transfer and return throw as quickly as possible while hitting the target.
  • Make this a competition between different sets of throwing teammates.

Stretch it Out

This allows players to stretch out their arms while improving their arm strength.

  • Players start at a normal throwing distance with a teammate.
  • After every five throws, players back up a set distance, still keeping their throws on a line.

Repeat the Sequence

Once the players long toss, repeat the progression in reverse order, finishing with “Ready-Break-Throw.”

Sample Baseball Throwing Program for Practice

  • Ready-Break-Throw – 10 throws at 30 feet
  • Ready-Throw – 10 throws at 60 feet
  • Quick Release – 10 throws at 90 feet
  • Stretch it Out – 10-15 throws at 100 feet to max distance
  • Quick Release – 5 throws at 90 feet
  • Ready-Throw – 5 throws at 60 feet
  • Ready-Break-Throw – 5 throws at 30 feet

Ground Balls

A routine ground ball is hit right at you, your first move is to…

  1. …see what kind of ball is it. Is it a chopper, a ground hugger, or in between?
  2. …how hard is it coming?

The purpose of all this is to compute in your head how you are going to get the ball: Are you going to charge or stay back?

 

GOALS

1. Set A Goal
2.Tell The World
3.Walk Your Talk

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Attainable
R- Relevant
T- Time-Bound

Don’t just meet your goals DESTROY them!!!