one pitch at a time
one pitch at a time
 Breathing
 Thinking about what you are doing
 Baseball with a purpose
 Bring yourself to the here...
QuickTime™ and a
Cinepak decompressor
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Using the Deep Breath
 Applies to all positions
 Breathing is second nature
 But not under pressure
 Train to regulate...
Breathing Exercise
 Progressive relaxation
 Pitching/Batting Ritual
 Imagery practice
 Best performance
 Technique/ti...
Mental Preparation
 Pumped Up
 Relaxed
 Focused
 Confident
 Loose
 Excited
The most important thing is how a guy
prepares himself to do battle.
Hank Aaron, 6,856 career total bases
Take Responsibility
For Your Preparation
 Players who rely on factors outside of
their control for their mental
preparati...
Before Going to the Game
 Establish a routine of thinking positive
thoughts, work actively to reframe negative
thoughts p...
Arriving at the Field
 Assume player identity, leave all other
concerns behind
 Take time to take in the environment
 C...
Hitting
 Focus on the things you can control
 You can’t control getting a hit
 Hitting is a confidence game
 You can c...
Know Yourself as a Hitter
 What is “your pitch?”
 Stay within yourself
 What type of pitch do you like to hit
the most?...
Hitting with Purpose
 Have a plan for each pitch
 Don’t rush the swing
 See the baseball
 Trust your practice, this ke...
References
 Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time:
Heads-Up Baseball by Ken Ravizza and
Tom Hanson
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SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR YOUNGER BASEBALL PLAYERS

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  • 10 minute progressive relaxation
    3 deep breaths
    Legs, buttocks, chest, abdomen, back, arms fist, shoulders, face
    Tense all muscles for 5 seconds then release
    Now try recalling one of your greatest games. Recreate scenes from the game as well as you can. See yourself performing;make the experience as real as possible. Imagine yourself behind a video camera and you are the camera man recording the experience - capture every detail, look in the viewer and see the variation in color, where you are in respect ot he other players, do a close up and take a really good look at what your face looks like, capture on video what it was that just made this one of your best games ever….now put down the camera and take a walk into your picture. Put yourself physically in the image, now trying to capture from the view of yourself as the player what you are thinking, what you are feeling. Notice what your body feels like, what feels good, if anything what doesn’t.
  • Focal point is some object to focus on when you need to get back under control. Pick a tree, a sign, etc. and associate it with what the focus point will mean to you. “Right here, right now” “Past in the Past” “Make every play count in every way”
    Purpose: Hitting with Purpose “stay back” “hit it up the middle” “hit it where it is pitched” “trust my swing” “pivot on my back side” “keep my head down” “just see it and hit it” Visualize your purpose and see yourself doing it - you never want to “simply go through the motions”
  • Pick a spot on the pitcher to focus on , using a soft focus, as he starts his wind up, and the pitcher’s hand reaches his release point, shift ot a hard focus on the pitcher’s release point, then track the ball as best you can. Prior to hitting, study the pitcher and know where his release point is. Intently watching a pitcher and visualizing yourself facing him can improve your efficiency in your shift form him to release point.
  • ONE PITCH AT A TIME

    1. 1. one pitch at a time
    2. 2. one pitch at a time  Breathing  Thinking about what you are doing  Baseball with a purpose  Bring yourself to the here and now
    3. 3. QuickTime™ and a Cinepak decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    4. 4. Using the Deep Breath  Applies to all positions  Breathing is second nature  But not under pressure  Train to regulate optimal performance
    5. 5. Breathing Exercise  Progressive relaxation  Pitching/Batting Ritual  Imagery practice  Best performance  Technique/timing  Mental readiness
    6. 6. Mental Preparation  Pumped Up  Relaxed  Focused  Confident  Loose  Excited
    7. 7. The most important thing is how a guy prepares himself to do battle. Hank Aaron, 6,856 career total bases
    8. 8. Take Responsibility For Your Preparation  Players who rely on factors outside of their control for their mental preparation are inconsistent players  Build a predetermined series of actions called a routine to get you to your optimal level of performance
    9. 9. Before Going to the Game  Establish a routine of thinking positive thoughts, work actively to reframe negative thoughts prior to game time  Do some relaxation/imagery to get into your positive frame of mind, see yourself hitting well, performing successfully on the field etc.  Limit this preparation to 10-15 minutes  OVERDOING IT BURNS YOU OUT!!!
    10. 10. Arriving at the Field  Assume player identity, leave all other concerns behind  Take time to take in the environment  Choose a focal point  Establish your purpose
    11. 11. Hitting  Focus on the things you can control  You can’t control getting a hit  Hitting is a confidence game  You can control the “quality at bats”  Monitor process rather than outcome
    12. 12. Know Yourself as a Hitter  What is “your pitch?”  Stay within yourself  What type of pitch do you like to hit the most?  Where in the strike zone do you hit the ball best?  When you are hitting well, where does the ball go?
    13. 13. Hitting with Purpose  Have a plan for each pitch  Don’t rush the swing  See the baseball  Trust your practice, this keeps your swing fluid  Where are your eyes?
    14. 14. References  Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time: Heads-Up Baseball by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson

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