Mental Game Tips: How Labels Hurt Players’ Confidence

Article by Dr. Patrick Cohn
Sports Psychology Expert

softball confidenceWhen sports kids start calling themselves “losers,” “chokers,” “wimps” or other negative names, it’s a bad sign.

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3 Mental Approach Tips for Maximum Performance

I recently read an article by Wayne Goldsmith who is a High Performance Expert.  Here are some valuable take-aways from his article about the psychology of high performance.

Success Takes Daily Commitment

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Softball Vision Training – DIY Swinging Ball Drill

softball vision trainingThis is another “Do-It-Yourself” Softball Vision Training Aid.

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Softball Vision Training: How to Make (and Use) a Brock String

First of all, what is a brock string and how can we use it for softball?

brock stringWhat is a Brock String?
Well, a brock string is a softball vision training aid you can use to train your eyes to focus on objects at varying distances. It develops your ability to shift focus from one point to another quickly and easily. Obviously this is useful in many different softball situations, such as shifting your focus from the ground ball you just fielded (close) to your target (a base that is farther away).

How to Use a Brock String
The brock string drill is a classic sports vision drill. The drill is particularly useful for developing the eye muscle control that is needed to focus on the ball from the pitcher’s hand to the plate.

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Softball Workouts: Softball Team Training

Softball Team Training Workouts are designed to help you drastically increase

  • Power
  • Bat speed
  • Quickness
  • Endurance
  • Reactions
  • Lateral Movement

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Softball Nutrition Secrets

Softball Nutrition SecretsFind out what elite softball players eat to keep them at the top of their game! It’s sports nutrition explained in simple terms so you can understand it easily and apply it to your training regimen. The Performance Nutrition for Softball Manual will tell you:

  • Why you need fat
  • Why thirst is a poor indicator of hydration level
  • Which drinks are better on the go (cold or warm)
  • How junk food hurts your performance
  • What foods are recommended before and after competition or workout
  • and more!

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Mental Game: Mini Guide to Achoring

Learn how to quickly and effectively improve your state of mind for increase performance.

Calm nerves
Re-center/Re-focus after an error
Bring about the confident state of mind you need to play at your best

Anchoring is a simple strategy you can apply at anytime anywhere you need it. Download this file for step by step instructions on how to “Anchor That Championship Attitude!”

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Softball Vision: How to Improve Focus Flexibility

Focus flexibility is the process of changing focus from near to far or far to near. Obviously this is an important skill in softball! Download this document for more information on focus flexibility, why it’s so important, and how you can work on improving it.

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Scientific Proof – A Study On The Relationship Between Strength, Power, Speed, and Change of Direction Performance of Female Softball Players

CrossFit_3388A study was conducted to ten female softball players from the state Australian Institute of Sport softball team for maximal lower body strength, peak force, peak velocity, and peak power during jump squats, countermovement vertical jump height, 1 base and 2 base sprint performance and change of direction performance on dominant and nondominant sides. The testing sessions occurred pre, mid, and post a 20-week training period. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cross-sectional relationship of strength, power, and performance variables in trained female athletes and determine if the relationship between these variables changes over the course of a season.

Significant relationships were found across all time points with body weight, speed, and change of direction measures and relative strength and measures of speed and change of direction ability. Although there were no significant relationships between Vertical jump height and any measure of performance at any time point. In conclusion, in the given time frame for the testing body weight and relative strength have strong to very strong relationships with speed and change of direction ability and these correlations remain consistent over the course of the season.

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Scientific Proof – Medicine ball training alone won’t improve batting velocity for new players.

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In baseball and softball it is important to increase sport-specific power. This may allow a hitter to swing the bat and hit a ball with greater velocity. To examine the effects of 8 weeks of medicine ball (MB) training on bat swing velocity and batted-ball velocity of novice, college-aged students. Sixty male and female kinesiology students were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 training groups. Group 1 was the control. Group 2 performed 5 rotational MB exercises for 1 set of 10 repetitions each (50 total MB throws per day) 3x/wk for 8 weeks (1200 total MB throws). Resistance began at 2 lb and increased by 2 lb each week until week 5 10 lb MB, then it decreased by 2 lb for the next 3 weeks. By week 8 the resistance was 4 lb. The protocol progressively became heavier in resistance in an attempt to increase force production, and then became progressively lighter to increase velocity of movement. Group 3 performed the same 5 rotational MB exercises for 2 sets of 10 repetitions each (100 total MB throws per day) 3x/wk for 8 weeks (2400 total MB throws). Instantaneous swing velocity and batted-ball velocity while hitting a ball off a batting tee. Dominant and non-dominant grip strength was measured. Rotational power was measured by a 2 lb Medicine Ball hitter’s throw and 6 lb MB side toss. Women also performed a 4 lb MB side toss since their mean body mass was significantly less than the men’s mean body mass. Leg power was measured. Instantaneous swing and batted-ball velocity did not statistically increase for any group after 8 weeks of MB training. MB side toss  and MB hitter’s throw significantly increased for all groups; however, there was no difference between groups. MB side toss performed by the women significantly increased for groups 2 and 3 after 8 weeks of training; however, there was no difference between the 2 groups. Although rotational power improved for all groups, there was no increase in swing velocity and batted-ball for novice college-aged, male and female novice participants after 8 weeks of training.

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