Athlete Motivation

  Highly motivated athletes are said to have a personality that reflects that motivation, much like an athlete that is not highly motivated.  A softball player for example who enjoys the challenge of tough opponents and continually wants to improve on his/her skills is highly externally as well as intrinsically motivated.  External athlete motivation might…

the softball zone

The mental state where you feel you can perform at your best with confidence is your ideal performance state or the softball zone. This is also commonly referred to as “flow” or “the zone.” This state is almost like things happen so smoothly that you even lose track of time. Nothing is going to distract…

Controllables in Softball

One of the most frustrating things in softball is when things are not working your way and you feel like there is nothing that can be done to change it. There are many controllables in softball that we do not consider.  By knowing what the controllables in softball are, and giving them some thought you can…

Visualization Activities for Softball

Try the following visualization activities for softball.  You might find that it is easier than you thought it was because you were not able to think about something specific. Be sure to visualize correct technique for specific skills Visualization Activities for Softball Exercise 1 (seeing through visualization) Imagine a softball diamond ….. Imagine bases on…

Visualization for Softball

We visualize more than we know. Visualization for softball can be used for skill development, relaxation, focusing, concentrating, regaining or maintaining composure. There are five types of effective visualization. Experiment with all of them and use them in your different situations. Types of Visualization for Softball Visual Seeing is like imagining. It is not easy…

softball cue words

Try this: think of a word that has more meaning to it than the word itself. For example, you might say “game” which might mean re-focus back on the field and listen for sounds of the game and your opponents or teammates to stop the things outside of the game from distracting you. You might…

concentration

Concentration is the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort on one specific thing. The ability to execute a skill and focus on what you are doing in a distracting situation is very important to success in softball. Spectators, supporters, team mates, coaches, opponents, and officials are all potential distractions during competition….

relaxation

Relaxation skills can be just taking a deep breath, and letting all of the air in your lungs out while consciously feeling your shoulders relax as you tell yourself its aaaaaaaaall goooood. Keeping things in perspective, means that there are other things in life besides this one moment if this one moment happens to be…

softball confidence

Softball is a complicated game that can make players feel great and terrible at the same time.  Watch a player field a ball that was just out of reach and then throw over first base and you will see.  This is not very uncommon in this team game that has so many individual aspects to…

self talk for softball

Are you aware of how you talk to yourself during competition and training? Are you aware of how you talk to yourself in your daily life? Self talk is something I bet you actually do every day. I challenge you to be consciously aware of your thoughts for one day. You might be surprised at the…

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