The Mental Game

Yogi Barra once said that this game is 90% mental, the other half is physical. While math was never Yogis' strong point, he was 90% right.

This part of the game involves toughness, preparedness and focus. Some positions have to be prepared differently than others. You will find information here that will help your team prepare for every pitch.


I like to teach my players the three step approach to getting focused and prepared on defense. I coach my team to do the same thing before every pitch. If you can teach this method, you will have a good defensive team.


The pitcher has to be tough. She has to block out all the distractions and focus on her skill. When the defense makes an error behind her, she can not get upset.


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The coach is the person who communicates with parents, players, umpires, other coaches and your local associations. You facilitate the team by making sure all the equipment is there when it is needed. Most important are the players. You are teaching more than the skills and strategies of fastpitch. The ability to gracefully deal with success and failure, the persistence to keep trying and the confidence that these young ladies learn from you is priceless.

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