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CONFIDENCE - THE GOAL of the MENTAL GAME

"It's all about confidence. The whole world revolves around confidence".
-Joe Maddon, Manager American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays

" Remember, if you want real success in baseball, you must train your brain."
- Tom Hanson, Former New York Yankees Mental Game Expert  

IN WHAT SITUATIONS ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE MENTAL GAME NECESSARY: HERE ARE JUST TEN SITUATIONS FOR A PITCHER:

1. AFTER A WALK
2. AFTER A HOME RUN
3. AFTER AN ERROR
4. AFTER A BAD CALL BY AN UMPIRE
5. BECAUSE OF POOR PITCHING MOUND CONDITIONS
6. WHEN A COACH IS YELLING AT HIM
7. WHEN HE FEARS THE HITTER AT THE PLATE
8. WHEN HE IS MAD
9. WHEN HE IS SCARED
10. WHEN HE THINKS HE NEEDS TO BE PERFECT WITH HIS PITCHES

HERE ARE JUST TEN SITUATIONS FOR A HITTER:

1. WHEN HE IS HITTING WITH 2 STRIKES AND FEARS STRIKING OUT
2. WHEN HE IS HITTING WITH MEN ON BASE AND FEARS FAILURE
3. WHEN FACING AN OVERPOWERING PITCHER AND IS ANXIOUS
4. AFTER HE JUST FOULED OFF HIS PERFECT PITCH AND IS MAD
5. AFTER HE JUST LET HIS PERFECT PITCH GO AND IS MAD
6. WHEN HE HASN'T GOTTEN A HIT IN THREE GAMES AND THINKS HE IS GOING TO LOSE HIS POSITION
7. WHEN PLAYING IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWDS MAKES HIM NERVOUS
8. AFTER HE JUST SWUNG AT A BAD PITCH
9. AFTER A BAD STRIKE CALL BY AN UMPIRE
10. AFTER GETTING ROBBED OF A BASE HIT

HERE ARE JUST FIVE SITUATIONS FOR A FIELDER:

1. AFTER MAKING A FIELDING ERROR
2. WHEN HE IS PRAYING THAT THE BALL ISN'T HIT TO HIM
3. AFTER MAKING A THROWING ERROR
4. WHEN PLAYING IN FRONT OF LARGE , NOISY, HOSTILE CROWDS MAKE HIM NERVOUS
5. WHEN HE HAS TROUBLE BREATHING AND STAYING CALM DURING CRUCIAL SITUATIONS ON THE FIELD

 

"It is clearly evident that the player with the best Mental Focus performs the best and has the most confidence. Without question, the player's success or failure will be 100% determined by his strength in the Mental Aspect of the Game."

 

"Mike Skoutelakis is one of those rare people that I would consider a true "student" of the game.  He is one of the most motivated coaches I have met and is always looking for new ways to teach the fundamental skills, and for new ways to increase his knowledge base so that he can best help the athletes he works with. Mike Skoutelakis is the kind of coach I want my kids to play for."

-Brian M. Cain, MS, CAA, Athletic Director
www.briancain.com

 

 

" MY SON CAN NOW VISUALIZE HIS PITCHING MOTION AND CAN BETTER REPLICATE THAT MOTION ON A MORE CONSISTENT BASIS. HE IS A MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL AND CONFIDENT PITCHER BECAUSE OF HIS WORK WITH MIKE"

-Kyle Schuenemann

" In my opinion, Mike has taught my son the importance of staying focused when hitting the ball. With that, he taught him all the techniques to being a successful hitter".

-Pam Rundle

" Mike teaches the mental aspects of the game that become increasingly important as your son advances. The thinking player distinguishes himself at each step as the game gets harder and the physical skills are more alike. Over the years, we have seen many coaches, but Mike excels in producing results".
 
-J.C. Nickens 
 
" My son has learned mental game techniques for improved focus and releasing anxiety that are so common in this game. My son wants to be a successful high school player and I feel we are well on our way".

-Laverne Denton

" Your lessons gave Will great confidence , and that has made all the difference to Will's production and his enjoyment of the game. Thanks a lot for your help".
 
-Charles Roff
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