As Memorial Day looms around the corner every softball player from coast to coast will start playing more meaningful games very soon...all leading up to State and National Championship tournaments.
As the games and the stakes get bigger will your athlete be ready to perform her best in the moments and games that matter most?
Will she stand out from the crowd...particularly in front of college scouts?
Here are three critical factors that will absolutely predict her success or failure during championship season:
1. Proper Preparation - I always tell my players that they can truly be as good as they want to be. If they are willing to do the work both physically and mentally the sky's the limit as to their performance level on game day. What are some of the ways your athlete can properly prepare to insure her success?
a. Recognize her strengths and weaknesses in her game and actively work on improving the weakest parts of her game. in addition to the obvious mechanical skills this may also include improving speed, strength and quickness. For pitchers this might include developing a better change or rise and working harder to achieve pinpoint location. On defense this may mean more work on the backhand or for catchers more practice on quick release throws to 2nd or 3rd.
b. Have a mental game plan to properly prepare for each game, each at bat, each pitch on defense or in the circle. Softball is a game that demands all players make timely adjustments. By paying attention during the game any player can gain an edge that will enable her to more easily make adjustments (like recognizing the umpire's strike zone or the pitch sequence tendency of the opposing coach/team). If your athlete is a pitcher she MUST develop a consistent pre-game routine to insure her mental and physical readiness for the game.
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