HSPC – TIP of the MONTH
Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista
MAY 1, 2016
The game of baseball requires both physical (mechanics, agility, strength & conditioning) and mental preparation. You worked hard on your physical game over the winter. You know “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”! You’ve been practicing like you play; aggressive, with speed and good mechanics. Now comes the mental game or your mental approach, which is just as important as your physical game!
As an infielder or outfielder, the mental game begins with your warm-up. The warm-up is where you begin to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the event ahead. Part of your mental game also takes place between pitches when you mentally review the game situation (outs, count, base runners, score, wind and what will I do when the ball is hit to me).
As a pitcher, your mental game begins in the bull pen. Have a routine and stay with it.
When the game begins…..
…..Have a pitching mound routine and stay with it!
…..Always have a pitching plan!
…..Always pitch with confidence (trust your talent & ability)!
…..Always pitch mentally tough!
…..Always trust your coaches and teammates!
…..Always know the count!
…..Always know the game situation!
…..Read & Understand the hitters:
Hitter crowds the plate – usually has quick hands and likes the inside pitch!
Hitter stands off the plate – usually dives into the ball and likes the middle to outside pitch!
Hitter’s swing is long, short, quick, slow, early, late?
Hitter swings at the first pitch most of the time!
Do you know the hitter?
…..Stay composed (show no emotion) when your fielder makes an error!
…..Stay composed (show no emotion) when an umpire makes a bad call!
…..Stay focused and don’t be distracted or lose your concentration!
…..How do you pitch when you don’t have your best stuff?
As a hitter, your mental preparation begins in the dugout and goes with you to the on-deck circle. Pay attention to the pitcher’s tendencies. What does he throw first pitch? What does he throw with two strikes? What is his go to pitch? As you enter the batter’s box, be confident, know the situation (inning, runners, outs, score, etc.). Know your job in this at bat. Have an attainable goal. Swing at strikes! Sometimes a walk is as good as a hit! Hit the ball hard! Hit behind the runner (“oppo”)! Bunt a runner over! Hit a fly ball! Did you do your job? Remember, there is such a thing as a “Productive Out”. Count your quality at bats! It’s not all about batting average!
PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE!
Always be Positive! Always Give 100%! Energy Takes No Talent!
Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista
NOTE: Direct any questions or comments to Coach Kalista at firstname.lastname@example.org