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Concentration and Focus
Write down five situations in softball where concentration is needed and what can happen if you are not focused (try to be specific).

(this exercise is to become aware of how concentration is important in softball, or in any activity).

ie: everyone is safe because I got caught watching both runners



Concentration Exercises

Describe how listening skills can effect a conversation. Why is it important to:

Concentration on a Clock Face

  1. Concentrate on the second hand of a watch or clock as it goes all the way around one time. Blink your eyes or snap your fingers every five seconds.
  2. After the second hand goes around once, concentrate on the moving hand as it
    all the way around again.  This time blink your eyes or snap your fingers every ten seconds.
  3. After the second hand goes around twice, concentrate on the moving hand as it
    around a third time. This time, alternate blinking your eyes and snapping your fingers every five seconds.

Shuttling

  1. Choose a partner
  2. If you go first, close your eyes, tune in to some sensation, feeling , or thought, and say something like "Now I am aware of a pain in my leg". "Now I am aware of my breathing", or "Now I am feeling silly".
  3. Then open your eyes and say "Now I am aware ...." adding something that is happening outside yourself. For instance, say "Now I am aware of the sunlight" or "Now I am aware of your eyes".
  4. Repeat the process - first an inside statement, then an outside one - for a few minutes without a break. If you get stuck, the partner should help you out by asking, "Now I am aware of .....?".
  5. Your partner now does the concentration exercise.
  6. After both of you have tried it, try the exercise with your eyes open the whole time.

Stopping Thoughts

  1. Sit quietly, close your eyes, relax, and think of a situation that causes negative thoughts that have affected your performance.
  2. Sense the feeling and actions that go with these negative thoughts.
  3. Think "stop" as they happen and immediately replace the negative thoughts with more positive ones. Sense the feelings and actions that go with these new thoughts.
  4. Think about how the feelings and actions were different and how this experience relates to a competitive situation.

Reflections

Using the situations and results page as a reference, go back and describe how these exercises can help you with the situations that you recorded.