The Mentally Tough Pitcher

The pitcher has to be mentally 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. When a pitcher becomes upset, she can not get focused enough to do her job. When an umpire is not giving her the corners, she can not get upset. A pitcher has to know what she can control and what she can not. She can not control what the umpire calls or what the defense does or doesn't do behind her. All she can do is adjust and throw pitches to a location that the umpire will call a strike. All she can do is shake off the defensive error and go back to work on the next batter.

The pitcher has to be confident. If a batter hits a long ball off her pitch, she must re-focus on the next batter and go back to work. The next time that batter who hit the long ball off her comes up, the pitcher can not be intimidated. She must make it a challenge to get the batter this time.

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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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