Building the right on-field mentality for baseball or softball

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For many sports, including baseball and softball, it’s not just about the physical training and staying fit. It’s about mental fitness too. After all, the functions which our body functions are first instigated by the mind, right?

Keeping your mind fit to win the game

Research shows that many great athletes have been defeated, while they are going through a personal crisis. Even the best players struggle when their mind is not calm enough to focus on the task at hand.

Perform breathing exercises

Nothing is predictable in the game of baseball. The game can be full of ups and downs, which is why it’s important to have a stable heartbeat during the game. By practicing breathing exercises before and during games, it will help relax you at your core. Staying calm will prevent distractions, and keep you focused on the game.

Prepare a process-oriented mindset

In baseball, you’ll never be able to score on every hit, or make it to the base after every hit. Like every other sport, there will be wins and losses. If players take time to prepare their mind, by learning from every experience, the quality of the game will improve. Instead of considering a loss, or sad experience, take every lesson as a learning experience.

Detach yourself from the results

It’s difficult to emotionally detach yourself from the game, but once you do, you’ll be able to enjoy the game and give it your all.  Don’t worry about what you can’t control, and focus on the field. Whether you win or lose, if you play your best game, a true fan will always appreciate your efforts.

Use your imagination to propel your performance

Before running on the field, run through the game in your mind. Visualize yourself performing at your best, and helping your team win. No matter the results during the real game, imagining your peak performance will help fill you with positive energy and allow you to perform better on the field.

Stay alert on the field

A great ball player is able to judge a batted ball with their eyes and ears. Coordination between both of the senses should better help athletes decide the direction and speed of the ball. Many infielders will judge the ball once they hear the sound coming off the bat. Staying alert during a tough game, with a packed stadium, can help a team comeback from big deficits.

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