Mental Toughness: Making it into College Baseball

Are you afraid of “not making it into college baseball?

Professional baseball scouts discuss college and professional baseball.

If you are a high school baseball player who wants to play in college you and your entire family have sacrificed and worked like mules to achieve your dream of playing at the next level and as you get closer to that dream, the doubts and fears rattle around in your brain. What if I’m not good enough?  How will I know?  How do I prepare myself.  Most importantly, where do I go?  How do I make the right choice of a school and program; somewhere that I can develop as a player and a person.  Somewhere that I will be given an opportunity to play and compete?

You and your family have invested a lot and the pressure is on to make the correct choice.

In order to make good decisions in any aspect of life; you need good information.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”  Aldous Huxley said that in 1926.

And he was right.

For several years I have teamed with other sports professionals and run programs which prepare and consult young student athletes in order to help them fulfill their dreams of playing at the “next” level; be that college or even professional baseball.   All of our team members work extremely hard at getting and GIVING the best information available because our consultation will impact on some incredibly important decisions of the young men … and women … and the families we work with.

 “The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 These are literally “once in a lifetime” decisions.

Choice of a college; a field of study to pursue, and playing college baseball/softball are all “once in a lifetime” decisions with a lot of factors involved.  The family and the student athlete want to make the correct choices on ALL the elements.

And it is NOT all about baseball/softball.

In fact baseball/softball are probably the LEAST important part of the equation and decision.   A young athlete’s intended field of study, the financial cost, the geography (where the student lives; near to home or far away), the size of the school, and finally the specific baseball or softball program are all important factors.

In college sports, a student athlete gets four years of competition.  That’s it.  Four per customer.

HOW you PREPARE and ultimately MARKET yourself as a player and person to the colleges you choose is incredibly important.

ALL of these issues play into the decision.

The baseball or softball part?  That comes down to the answers to a couple simple questions:

How do you interact with the other players and the coaching staff?

Will you be given an opportunity to compete for playing time?

Will you continue to grow and develop as a player … and a person?

Over perhaps the last ten years the youth baseball industry has become dominated by clubs and academies and the PERCEPTION that THEY are the ones who hold the answers to the questions concerning your future in baseball; that “next” level; whatever and wherever it may be.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous HuxleyComplete Essays 2, 1926-29

The point, whether implied or stated is that they will prepare and perhaps even “deliver” a student athlete to that “next level”; to college baseball.

Do these academies deliver on that promise?

A couple years ago I put together a panel of professionals: two MLB scouts, the head of player development for a top minor league team, and a Can Am League coach.

The purpose of the forum was to get some information on what scouts and professional organizations are looking for and, without my solicitation, the professionals turned the discussion towards the current industry model; the academies, travel ball, etc.

It’s an hour long but worth the watch.  I hope you enjoy and I hope it helps.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Joe KlaasTwelve Steps to Happiness

 “If you are a player or parent or coach struggling with a performance issue that just isn’t responding to instruction and hard work, then call me now and let’s fix it.   The information I gave you in this article is just the start.  If you’re sick and tired of competing with EITHER a MECHANICAL ISSUE that is impacting your performance OR the twin gorillas; FEAR and DOUBT on your back and ready to be done with it, I’ve got a systematic process that takes care of any interference you have to your ultimate performance potential that you have seen short bursts of…and want to see it show up consistently!  I can help make you feel great about who you are.  Call me or email me right now while you’re thinking of it!”

 

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