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How many Pitcher’s have a mental pitching game plan.
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Darrell Coulter
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Just wondering how many of you pitchers and/or coaches have a mental game plan that you use, practice or teach?  If you do what are you doing and is it helping?  What age did you start using it?

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Darrell Coulter
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When You came to Top Velocity what were you looking for?

There are 3 Major components to Pitching.

  1. The Mental Side
  2. The Mechanics Side
  3. The Strength and Conditioning Side
Almost every pitcher I have ever worked with had some talent.  But there are some qualities that separates throwers from Great Pitchers.
  • Motivation.  Why do you want to pitch?  Why do you even play baseball?
  • Trust.  Do you trust your talent, your work ethic, your coaches, your teammates etc.
  • Character.  How do you act when no ones watching.  Would you cheat to win?
  • Attitude.  Will You listen?  Do you have a negative or positive personality?
  • Aggressiveness.  How aggressive do you pitch?  That is one biggest traits Scouts look for.
  • Mental toughness.  How do you handle adversity?  Pitching is 90% mental. Like it or Not.
  • Expectations/Goals.  Can you visualize what it is going to take to meet your expectations.  
I personally like setting expectations instead of goals. Expectations are usually met by what WE DO, not what we say.  
The death of Expectations is simple.  Good Intentions and Procrastination. Both lead to doing nothing.
If you are looking for an easy way to throw 90 mph or a simple way to get to the Big Leagues, There is no such thing.
Desire, Dedication and Determination can’t be bought or taught.  
It comes from deep in YOUR Soul.
Do You have it?
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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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Good stuff Darrell! This must be taught first before anything. Here is one of my favorite quotes from Tim Tebow:

“It’s not always about the workout. It’s about the work ethic. When you have the work ethic, then you can find the right workout to fit your body and fit what you’re trying to accomplish.”

This basically is what you are defining above. The work ethic must come before the workout!

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