Here are two excellent videos about attitude. Gino Auriemma discusses kids trying to be "cool" and body language. John Calipari talks about what it means to be a tough player. They are both college basketball coaches, but what they say applies to youth baseball. Here is the "toughness sheet" that Calipari references. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp4mIONS51E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epw99rzvxq8
What is toughness? Jay Bilas wrote an interesting article, "Defining Toughness in College Basketball", for ESPN. I have edited his essay and adapted it for baseball with a few minor revisions. Almost all that is written below comes directly from Bilas’ essay. I have heard the word "toughness" thrown around a lot lately. Reporters on television, … Continue reading What is Toughness?
What should batters do if they are having problems hitting pitchers with high-velocity fastballs? I had an email exchange with Jake Epstein on this topic. Here are some strategies you might want to try. Set up farther back in the batter's box. Remember, however, the strike zone is over the plate, not where you set … Continue reading Hitting Fast Pitchers
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