Let's face the facts...all the hitting and pitching lessons you can afford,and all the ground balls and batting cages swings in the world won't matter alick if your athlete folds under the pressures of the game.
I have seem countless players look fantastic in practice only to comeunraveled during pivotal moments on game day. Why is that? There are certainlya number of contributing factors, all found between the ears. However, intoday's post, I want to focus on how your athlete's emotional statecan and will destroy her game day performance.
If you are a parent or a coach we all grapple with the weekly emotions ofour teenage daughters/players, don't we? Teenage girls in general can be ahandful, but add the stress, pressure and expectations of a softball diamondinto the mix and these young ladies can quickly become their own worst enemiesin a heartbeat!
The diagram below illustrates the impact your athlete's emotional state hason her performance. Your athlete has the choice of how she reacts to a"game event" by her "thoughts." Her thoughts (positive ornegative) will trigger an emotional reaction. This emotional reactionwill have a direct impact on the quality of her overall game day performance.Read more here: http://www.softballsmarts.com/2012/03/how-emotions-can-destroy-her-game-day.html.
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Thanks for reading! -- John Kelly, Softball Smarts
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