Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mindset For Players

by Worldwide Baseball Prospects

It’s been a long demanding road in baseball, academics and life up until this point. However, this journey you are on is not a race, not a competition against other players; it is a never ending marathon, a test with yourself.

How much better can I be today, compared to yesterday? What am I thankful for today? What can I do today to help me and my personal journey toward that which I desire tomorrow?

If you want to play baseball at your next level whether it is High School Varsity or College Baseball; it's all in your head, not the other guys! It is not how fast you throw or how hard you hit the ball, whether you are nationally recognized as a blue chip prospect today. It really does not matter how many trophies your buddies got piled up on the shelf for all to see, it doesn't matter if you are the so called "best of the best today" or you made Baseball America’s top 100 High school players list this year.

It doesn't matter today; it just does not matter today because that happened yesterday! That moment is but a “Nic in Time”. Your thoughts are things. How you think right now moving forward will determine your ultimate result! Not how someone else thinks, that determines their results based on their desire.

I would say that you already own the key to your success; after all you were born with it! Rather, the one thing that matters the most in your journey to success and baseball bliss is all that is you, it is in your thoughts!

It takes Vision - this comes from your desire to see your end result, mentally before you arrive there physically,

It takes Passion - the love of the game, the will to learn the game and be a student of the game always, the love of life and the will to always get better,

It takes Specific Knowledge - get better for yourself and your specific situation and lead yourself to your vision,

It takes Persistent Planning - Plan your route, if it fails try again, then if that fails, try again, and again, and again, and again, etc.,

It takes Lessons - in life or in baseball, we learn from that by which we were unsuccessful, or had undesirable results, trying to do better personally the next time,

It takes Commitment - "practice and try again, day in day out" this comes easier when you have passion,

It takes Dedication - the desire to personally get better for the love of the game,

It takes Auto suggestion - you fill your world with positive thoughts and attract what is true to you,

It takes Consistency - the desire to personally get better everyday with everyday learn and growing towards your result,

It takes Self motivation - the voice within in you that says I can so I will,

It takes Time - be patient, remember you’re in a marathon not a sprint, be consistent, relax and enjoy, smell the roses on the way,

It takes Faith – that optimistic voice inside your thoughts that knows it will get better with every lesson learnt, believe and you will achieve,

It takes Gratitude and Appreciation – Be happy and thankful for the gift(s) you have, and those around you. Know that it is a privilege to play the best game in the world and that at any moment; it could be over in a split second! You will have no regrets because you gave all of yourself and your heart, truthfully & honestly everyday.

Believe you can and you will. Can you see that place you want to be? Don't ever question it or deny yourself the chance to grow and be there, it’s your right.

It takes Action - You must start now and have faith in what you believe; the result will be true happiness!

In conclusion, whether it’s life, baseball, academics, or whatever, it may seem like a long road ahead, one huge hurdle, one big bump after another. But inch by inch, one foot in front of the other, it gets a bit easier and you will get a bit closer to your desire. Remember thoughts are things too!

There will always be those people in the world with a personal viewpoint. At the end
of the day, yours is what matters most! So from us to you, listen to the positive voice in your head, “your sixth sense”, that believes you will achieve.

The game thanks you for being thankful of the game, Go for it, and don’t stop believing in yourself!

Warm Regards and Good Luck!

Worldwide Baseball Prospects

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Monday, December 14, 2009

The New and Improved

Recently, I was training a young pitcher. We were performing some agility drills and during a rest break, I was explaining to him the reasons for the drill and how they apply to his performance on the mound. We continued with our workout and during our strength training session, the pitcher said to me "I wish our coach knew some of this stuff."

That got me thinking. I have always emphasized educating the particular athletes that I was directly involved with training regarding total player development strategies and fine-tuning skill training for performance enhancement. But, I was missing a whole other population of coaches, athletes, and sports performance professionals that are also involved with teaching and training athletes. is now going through some construction. No longer is my focus purely on providing on-line training programs for baseball athletes. The "New and Improved" is dedicated to further advancing sports performance enhancement and the functional training concept within the baseball community. This includes, but is not limited to coaches, athletes, sports medicine and strength professionals, scouts, and parents.

The goals of will be to facilitate the improvement of athletic performance in the game of baseball, promote the sports medicine and performance enhancement professions, and provide up-to-date education programs to both the professional and general sports communities.

When fully up and running, will provide the following services: a free online journal / newsletter / blog, professional resources and networking, on-line continuing education programs / courses, sports-specific seminars / presentations / courses, sports performance camps / coaching / training programs, and consulting programs.

The journal contributors and partners will be industry professionals with expertise and experience in all facets of the game of baseball. They will be responsible for producing articles and on-line opinion editorials in the areas of Sports Medicine, Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, Physical Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Sports Vision, and Coaching.'s inaugural edition is scheduled to launch in February 2010! It will feature articles about shoulder injury prevention, throwing programs, in-season performance training, and college recruiting.

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David Yeager, ATC, CSCS