Ahhhh. Spring is in the air and so is baseball season! Is your child ready for the upcoming season? What about you? Are you ready for all the wins and losses, and the hits, runs and errors?
Almost every season, kids, coaches and even parents are faced with the same dilemma--youth baseball during the summer is supposed to be fun, but more often than not it just turns out being frustrating.
It seems most kids don’t get the proper coaching they need on how to deal with making errors – especially during a game when it feels like the pressure can be hotter than ever?
To help out with the upcoming baseball season, David Kloser, author of “Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers – 2nd Inning" suggests five simple things kids can do when errors occur and make this season more enjoyable for them as well as coaches and parents.
- Visualize the positive. Recreate in your mind how you would’ve liked the play to go. For example: If you made a bad throw, in your mind, see the other player successfully catching the ball you threw at chest level.
- “Erase the chalkboard” in your mind. Smooth the dirt with your foot in a sweeping motion in front of you as an act of wiping away the play from your mind.
- Take a breath. It can be tough, but know that errors are part of the game. Players strike out, get hits and make errors. So breathe!
- Copycat and model. Ask yourself, “How would Albert Pujols, Chase Utley or my favorite player act or say to himself when they make an error?”
- Focus on the solution. How can you help? Tell yourself the positive things you’re going to do when the next ball is hit to you?
Bio: David Kloser, author of “Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers – 2nd Inning” is a former high school baseball coach, college pitcher and parent. He personally interviewed Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and more than 300 Major League Baseball players about life lessons learned through baseball and their “insider secrets” on success, overcoming adversity for life on and off the field. David speaks on this topic throughout the country. For more information visit www.SteppingUpToThePlate.com