Player Encouragement: Forget the Pressure. Just Play the Game!

rob monacoHere’s your weekly dose of player encouragement from our friend, Little League coach and commissioner, Rob Monaco. (Show this to your player before his or her next tournament.)

Sometimes kids put too much pressure on themselves. Sometimes players forget that baseball is just a game. I say “just” because at your age… it is. Yes, it’s about development and growth, but you need to enjoy yourself and trust your abilities.

Put the pressure aside for a second. See the big picture. You are good enough to be on a baseball field because you have talent and the ability to play a hard, hard game. And the fact is, you’ve done it for several years now. Some of you are even starting out. Bottom line, you understand the game, the counts, the concept. You are a ballplayer and if you can learn to just trust your abilities and let your confidence consume you… I have news for you kid, You’ve made it! Forget the pressure… just play ball.

The game is hard. The game will try to beat you every day. Know that going in and prepare for it. Think about what comes next after your opponent gets on base. Where will you throw it if it’s hit to you? How many outs are there? How many runs are you up or down? Always be engaged… think about the plays… visualize and most importantly… stand tall and trust yourself to get the job done!rm photos 223

You will not win the game every time. You will not hit the ball every time. But walk up knowing you CAN and as you continue to practice and work hard and build confidence and courage… it will become an easier task.

But let the pressure roll off…because in the end, it’s not about perfect. It’s about being confident.

Be confident in yourself. Do it, and win or lose… it will not matter… as long as you believe in your abilites and don’t let that pressure ride you… you will succeed and you will… WIN.

Click HERE to follow Rob’s page, The Heart of Youth Baseball. 

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Angela Weight

Angela Weight

Founder, Admin, Editor - TravelBallParents.com

Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.

WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.

My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.

My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.

Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.

Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
Angela Weight

Angela Weight

Founder, Admin, Editor - TravelBallParents.com Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind. WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes. My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know. My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later. Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important. Great! Now Jack is late for practice.

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