I am constantly challenging our current ways of development and always looking to improve them.
Today I wrote out what I believe is our the top 10 things that drive our players success At Fastball USA.
The secret. The magic. What works. Among that top 10 was one crucial trait. Mindset. Although mindset is a general term, I will describe it like this.
If you're kid is going to be great he has to have the mindset.
The Aggressive Mindset
You can't be great WITHOUT aggressiveness in sports. All the lessons, and all the technique work does not FIX aggressiveness.
The great player
When he makes mistakes they are super aggressive mistakes.
When he has success it is because he is also super aggressive. They go together. In fact if you look around the field or the court you can quickly spot the best 1 or 2 players on every team in every sport.
They are the most aggressive players on the field or court.
It's NOT technique that makes them special. Being aggressive is what makes them special.
Let's face it - Sport does not favor the timid. So the question is...... Why isn't your player more aggressive? ONE WORD...... FEAR * Fear of Failure * Fear of Looking Stupid * Fear The Coach/Parent will get upset * Fear of the physical aspects Of the Game
FEAR is what sucks away a players aggressiveness the most.
Great players are not worried about failure
Great players are willing to look stupid.
Great players are NOT worried about pleasing the coach/parent. Great players are NOT worried about physical injury.
My Advice To Our Fastball Teams and Students:
If you're NOT willing to look stupid you're NOT willing to be great.
Think about that. Are you reinforcing this concept as a parent or coach or ARE YOU
KILLING THE AGGRESSIVENESS ??
What can a coach or parent do? I do believe as coaches and parents we can fuel the fire of an aggressive mindset.
Reward and encourage aggressive mistakes. When a player makes a mistake that is aggressive he should receive praise the aggressive approach.
Parents/Coaches Don't Be Over Critical
Being over critical on mistakes, only makes the player more interested in pleasing the coach or parent. THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR A PLAYER WHO IS SO FOCUSED ON JUST LOOKING PERFECT. If the player is making non-aggressive mistakes than you need to reinforce this concept. NON aggressive mistakes is clown like.
This applies to every phase of the game.
Create the environment for your team, or your kid THAT IS willing to look stupid. Make getting him in this type of environment a HIGH PRIORITY.
MANY PARENTS CHASE THE BEST TRAVEL TEAMS (BY WIN - LOSE RECORD) OR CHASE SCHOLARSHIPS. CHASE ENVIRONMENT.
Even if your coaches are the greatest brains in the history of baseball, environment is what will determine his development.
Before you or your kids coaches start looking for perfection keep in mind: 1. Nobody walked more players in the history of baseball than Nolan Ryan. (Also had the most K's) 2. Nobody was caught stealing more than Ricky Henderson.
(Also had the most stolen bases) 3. Nobody made more outs in baseball than Pete Rose (Also had the most hits)
4. Nobody struck out more than Reggie Jackson.
(Also hit 563 home runs - Hall Of Fame) Remember this the next you correct your kid for not throwing strikes, or NOT making contact. The greatest players fail far more often than they succeed.
Mindset is far and away the most important trait. You can take an aggressive athlete and make him better. You can't make a player better without getting him first to be aggressive.
If anything help guide him through making adjustments while staying aggressive. MAKE LESS MISTAKES BY STAYING AGGRESSIVE AND LEARNING FROM FAILURE.
Mindset Matters. Coach Ryan www.fastballusa.com