Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Author Archives: Karl Avdek
The DI Fixation Two years ago I was approached by a very talented young man who had both flunked out of college and lost a full baseball scholarship along the way. While in high school, he had been recruited by over thirty schools and had finally settled on a full scholarship at a very strong […]Read More..
The “DI Fixation” Know what’s really amazing about Division III college baseball? They play with a white ball and, incredible as it may seem, the ball even has red stitching on it. The fields are dirt and grass and clay. The bases are 90 feet. Pitcher’s mound sixty and a half feet from home plate. […]Read More..
Mental and Physical Preparation for Amateur and Non Pro Cutting Horse Riders. Part 1. An Overview “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” This is actually a twist on a phrase attributed to Ben Franklin more than 250 years ago. Franklin said that … “if you fail to PLAN, you are PLANNING to […]Read More..
August. One of the best months of the year. Hot, humid, uncomfortable? You bet. The answer is (D … all of the above. However it is also a time for some time “off”; time for family trips, relaxation, vacation (or as the kids now call it, “va … ca.”) If you are a youth sport […]Read More..
Grit!!! The single most important character trait necessary for success is “grit”. Determination. About a week ago I posted an initial piece on this topic with a list of the most important attributes of successful athletes and specifically the most important attributes of this thing called “grit” and determination. Incidentally these attributes apply to people […]Read More..
CLICK TO JOIN PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE SPORTS FACEBOOK GROUP Grit!!! The single most important character trait necessary for success is “grit”; determination. Surprised? Oh I know. I know. Coach Bob at the academy has informed you (and by the way, a LOT of other parents … maybe ALL the other parents as well) that your […]Read More..
Believe in yourself … just in case nobody else does!!! Have you or your son/daughter had an experience where you auditioned for a part or applied for a job or tried out for a team or a position and did not make it? You performed and you felt you did well. In fact, you “nailed […]Read More..
Do you do any kind of a running workout as part of your training regimen? Do you do sprints? You really should do sprints if you are a team sport athlete. No jogging in team sports. High intensity intervals, baby!!! I looooove sprint workouts. Do you run with rocks in your shoes? No? Why not? […]Read More..
CLICK TO JOIN PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE SPORTS FACEBOOK GROUP The following is an email sent to me by a close female friend; mother of a baseball player who just finished first year of college (baseball NOT included). Everyone who shows up for work is not a professional — regardless of the business. People are hired […]Read More..
CLICK TO JOIN PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE SPORTS FACEBOOK GROUP Passion. Vision. Just how important are these “character elements” to success. Bluntly put … THEY ARE EVERYTHING!!! EVERYTHING!!! “Mediocrity is a choice. So is excellence. Everything you and I do causes us to make a choice: Will we do what we’re doing with mediocrity or with excellence? […]Read More..