Psychology

YOUTH BASEBALL In an attempt to better serve the coaches, players and parents involved in youth baseball, the PBSCCS periodically publishes information on factors that can affect conditioning and performance in at this level. Topics are selected from questions submitted by participants, coaches and parents involved in...

Being a Well-trained Athlete Isn’t Enough By Jim Taylor, Ph. D. One of the questions I’m asked most frequently from athletes, coaches, and parents is: “What does it take to be a successful athlete?” For any athlete who wants to be their best, this is no easy question, yet one that is worth asking and worth even...

Too often I see players that have an unrealistic view on how a true development process works.  Instead, they are looking for a shortcut, a hack, or the easy button. They think there is always a quick, fast or simple way to get better. This thought process is not all their fault, it is how our society works these...

I read the following quote from Justin Su’a (@justinsua) on twitter, “Every day recommit to the things that matter most. You empower yourself when your priorities are in line. If you really want it, you’ll make time for it. If you don’t make time for it, you really don’t want it. Actions reveal...

If you’re a committed athlete, I’m sure you watch your favorite professional or Olympic athletes compete, whether LeBron, Serena, Tom, or Simone. Or you watch videos of them training on YouTube. Or you hear an interview with them in which they talk about their efforts, challenges, and successes. Or you read their...

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to young athletes in their training and competitive efforts. For example, it drives me crazy to see athletes not prepare themselves fully for a practice session (but you can’t do that in a competition!). Or, young athletes standing around and chatting it up before drills (no...

  Former MLB player Ray Knight said, “Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary” and very succinctly summed up about half of the tenets of sport psychology. Longhorn coaching legend Darrell Royal summed up the other half when he stated, “Luck is what happens when...

Johnny Martinez is up at the plate working an 11-pitch count, game is tied, 8th inning, two outs, runners in scoring position. Johnny stays true to his routine, fouling pitch after pitch off, keeping the AB alive. He steps out of the box, looks at his coach, then at his focal point, takes a deep cleansing breath, the...

  Another baseball season is underway and that means thousands of young pitchers are throwing at all levels of youth league competition. For many of these youngsters, this effort becomes the peak of their athletic careers. It’s not just sometimes because of a lack of desire to continue on, but also often an inability...

During my five plus decades in professional baseball as a player, special advisor, club president, CEO and team owner, I’ve known a lot of players, especially pitchers, who started getting their game face on a day ahead of when they were scheduled to pitch. I didn’t. I would get focused and prepared, but my work...