In baseball we have to hit a round ball with a round bat. If and/or when we make it to the big leagues, we will have approximately .3 seconds to do so(assuming a 90mph fastball). Often times, being unsuccessful at the plate or on the mound will feel like it is out of our control. This is natural because baseball success is built around responding to failure. When we control what we can control, ie; sprinting on and off the field EVERY INNING, having an excellent attitude, picking up our team mates being a student of the game, etc. we are are able to elevate our level of play because we are putting ourselves in a better position to bounce back. Not only that, by controlling what we can control, we are showing our resilience in the face of adversity…something any and all college coaches and pro scouts want to see.
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To be a quality baseball player or athlete one must be the aggressor in just about all situation ON THE FIELD. You must be confident in your attitude, your work ethic, your will, and your ability to execute, especially when the game is on the line. Charge the ball aggressively, be ready to hit the first pitch fastball, and attack hitters when you are on the mound.
By simply having the state of mind that you will be aggressive at the plate, on the mound, and in the field, you will increase your level of success tremendously. As soon as you cross the white lines, battle has commenced. YOU WILL NEVER WIN BY BEING TIMID!
In the MADE program we have accountability partners. For the first half of the season, our accountability partner is a teammate, in the second half of the season our partner is the person we see in the mirror, ourself. First we learn how to help our teammates stay accountable in their weekly Get Better routine. We write down what our partner did that week relative to the following categories…
1) Baseball – doing learned drills on your own at home, studying the game, etc
2) Fitness – MADE Crush sessions, stretching consistently, yoga, hiking, etc
3) Nutrition – Water EVEryday, no soda! Protein, vegetables, lead by example in your household and amongst your peers
4) Academics – study for a test, ace a test, ask for extra credit, lead by example
5) Family member – help your parents around the house without being told, be a productive, supportive, and quality member of your family, lead by example
After we learn what it means to hold each other accountable for their actions in the first half of the season, we become our own accountability partner. In the second half of the season we learn what it takes to be accountable for our own actions and we realize that we determine our own success.
Build your championship routine
Being a champion starts with having a championship routine. You day-to-day routine from the time that you wake up until the time that you go to sleep will dicate who you are as an athlete and as a person. It is important to be aware of your tendencies and your habits, and to make sure that you consistently adjust and improve your routine. ALWAYS SECOND GUESS YOUR ROUTINE…not from the standpoint that you are always doing something wrong, but from the standpoint that you can always improve.