The Mental Game Of Baseball

 “The more I lived, the more I realized that
batting is a mental problem rather than a physical stunt. The
ability to grasp the bat, swing at the proper time, take a
proper stance, all these things are elemental. Batting, rather,
is a study in psychology, a sizing up of a pitcher and catcher
and observing little details that are of immense
importance.”
  Ty Cobb, Hall of Fame .367 career
batting average over 24 years.

Here are some top tips to succeeding in the mental game of
baseball:

  1. Set goals for yourself and write them down. What do you
    want your batting average or ERA to be at the end
    of the season? Mid-season?  Take a good look at what
    will be required of you to achieve that. What will your
    training regimen be? Are you willing to put in the mental
    and physical work.
  2. Fire up that competitive drive. Remind yourself of WHY
    you want to succeed at this game.
  3. Do everything with INTENTION and COMMITMENT. Half-way
    effort gets half the results. This applies to the mental
    game of baseball as well as the physical. So few players
    not yet in the majors work on their mental game. It’s where
    you have the most to gain with the least effort.
  4. Never look past the ball. See the ball, hit the ball,
    catch the ball. The game is not complicated. Direct that
    overpowering computer you have inside your skull to do some
    analyzing on how much you can learn from everything you do
    so that you can improve. Worry, doubt, fear are a
    tremendous waste of your mental energy.
  5. Practice Concentration on AND OFF the field.  The
    more you concentrate at your job or your school or when you
    are with other people, the better you will do at the
    ballpark when you need it. Don’t expect to just flip a
    switch 5 minutes before gametime.
  6. Develop your confidence.
    By amplifying your successes and forgetting your
    mistakes.  Ask your coach and/or support system to
    give you positive feedback on what you do well.
  7. Practice body awareness, relaxation, and conscious
    breathing techniques to be able to take your body down when
    tense and move it up when you need a boost.
  8. Inject discipline into all areas of your life
    and then it will spill over to your game. That will
    pay off on the field by “training” your mind to stay on
    task and stick with fundamentals when the pressure
    is on. That discipline will also keep you working
    on your game in practice when you really don’t “feel like
    it.”
  9. Practice like you play. Create some pressure in
    practice and drills so that your nervous system gets
    used to playing in that state. You will much more easily be
    able to bring your practice game to the real game. 
    Coaches have many ideas on how to do this in practice.
  10. Change your language and self-talk and and off the
    field.  Eliminate these words with regard to talking
    to yourself: Try, Hope, Can’t, Hard, Struggle, Battle,
    etc.
  11. Take responsibility for your game. Your performance has
    nothing to do with the field or your relationship with
    the other players or the coach. 
  12. Use self-hypnosis to program into your unconscious mind
    all of these ideas so you don’t have to think about them
    and they just happen. (or do it with me in my office)

How You Live Is How You
Play The Game

 

Call 425-457-7777 now to get started on the Mental game of
baseball or email me at:  

craig@hypnosiswest.com

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