Is your Athlete Coachable?

My son attended a baseball camp with Greg McMichael, former pitcher with the Atlanta Braves.  At the beginning of camp, he sat the boys down and talked to them a for a bit, the parents got to stand in the back and listen to what he had to say.  He had a wealth of knowledge, a ton of experience, and was great to listen to.  One thing that he said really stuck with me.  It was, “I can tell which boys are going to be the BEST players by how much they LISTEN.”  This has stuck with me for a few years.  It is true.

My husband and I have managed/coached 2 teams a year over the past 5 years.  We have seen the “coachable” players that have been an absolute pleasure to coach and be around.  We’ve also seen the ones that are constantly talking, running their mouth, arguing with everything you say, wanting to “prove” themselves.

The “coachable” ones will go far in life.  They are hungry for information.  They are willing to learn.  They are willing to do what you suggest to help them get better.  They are respectful and well mannered.  They ride the wave with you.  They are not doormats but they do what you suggest and keep trying…and with a great attitude.

The coach makes a huge difference in the learning and motivation of your child but if you are fortunate enough to have an awesome coach that you trust, then it’s much more crucial to be a “coachable” kid…and to be “coachable” parents, too.

The talkative/argumentative players keep talking about how THEY think things should be.  I was warming up with the softball girls at practice, throwing pop fly balls so they could practice their catching.  One softball girl actually said to me that she was “too good to be doing this”.  I was stunned that a child would actually say such a thing about basic fundamentals… but… she was the one who later as the pitcher, missed catching a basic pop fly as it came to her in a game.

We are never “too good” to keep trying.

We are never “too good” to keep working HARD.

We are never “too good” to listen.

and never EVER “too good” to keep learning…

Every. Single. Day.

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Do you Suffer from Glute, Hip, & Sciatic Pain?

With all of the sitting we do, from baseball/softball games on hard metal bleachers, to sitting in the car for a long time, it’s no wonder that we have glute, hip, and sciatic pain.

A few years ago, I was in a car accident that has left some long lasting back and neck issues and a couple of rounds of physical therapy.  I am a big fan of physical therapy because it has helped me so much. Recently, my physical therapist told me about the Lacrosse ball.  This little baby has saved my life.

When you experience tightness, pain, in the glute or hip area, I was told to put the Lacrosse ball between the painful area in your glute, and a wall.  You roll back and forth on the ball, against the wall, rolling the ball above the hip bone and below the hip bone until you feel the area loosen up.  Pain?  Gone!

Now, when you do this exercise, you might look like you are doing a funny “shimmy dance” up against the wall.  But, it’s ok.  It’s totally worth it.

You can find these Lacrosse balls at any sports store.  I found mine at Target in the sporting goods section.  They came in a package of 4 or 5.

I have also suffered from painful sciatica and was taught that if I squeeze a thick throw pillow (or two small pillows) between my knees for 5 seconds it will strengthen the sciatic nerve in my outside of my leg and relieve the pain.  Holy Moly, it works!

Here’s how:  Lay on your back on the floor, not a bed, use a pillow for your head.  Bend your knees, feet resting on the floor.  Choose a throw pillow (or two) thick enough that your legs in resting position can be hip distance apart.  Keeping your feet in place on the floor, squeeze the pillow(s) with your knees for 5 seconds, and then rest for 5 seconds.  Repeat.

These exercises are easy to do after a long car ride… all you have to do is take your lacrosse ball, find a wall, and so your “shimmy dance”.

And find 2 small throw pillows that you can squeeze with your knees and relieve sciatic pain after sitting for so long in a car or on an airplane.  What an absolute gift to be relieved from this pain.

If you are a sciatica, hip, or glute pain sufferer, I hope these can help you.  Let me hear from you!  Please ‘like’ this post and follow me at teammmombaseball.com.

Feel Good

Pressure

Pressure.   The pressure that parents put on their kids. It is sad.

Today our 2 kids played 3 games again.  1 baseball/2 softball.

The Situation… Bases loaded… 2 outs… Bottom of the final inning.  The team is down by one run.  The count is 3-2… The batter hasn’t swung at any of the first 5 pitches.  Her parents begin yelling at her to “SWING THE BAT!  SWING THE BAT!”  She glares at her parents…

On the next pitch, a ball out of the strike zone, a pitch she normally wouldn’t swing at, she started her swing but stopped it… called strike 3 on the check swing!  Game Over…

What would have been a base on balls and tie game…

All because her parents were putting heated pressure on her to swing the bat.

I find this sad.  This is supposed to be fun.

Last week we heard a coach completely LOSE it on the field because he was SCREAMING at HIS OWN CHILD during a practice!  Why?  This is supposed to be fun.

We also heard another mom last week, who was a self-proclaimed softball superstar in college, telling her daughter whether or not to swing at a pitch as the ball IS IN MID-FLIGHT!

Why?  This is supposed to be fun.

With this tremendous pressure that parents are placing on their kids, it is going to drive them away from doing something they love, or something that they are really good at.

Why can’t they be there to celebrate in the good times and encourage in the bad times?

I wish parents could just enjoy watching their kids play…

At this game today, not only did this girl feel like she let her parents down, she felt like she let her team down.  That is too much responsibility for one to have because her parents put tremendous pressure on her to do something she wasn’t comfortable doing…  She is a decent hitter and had a good chance to make the right decision at the plate.

My kids have both struggled at the plate recently… it’s been hard for them.  But today our daughter went 2-2 in her first game and walked twice in her second game.  Why?  Because of her HARD WORK!  She has been taking extra batting practice and working with “Coach Dad” to get better.  She could have easily gotten discouraged and walked away from softball forever!  But no!  We have encouraged her.  She knows that her parents believe in her and support her.  NO MATTER WHAT!  In good times and in bad times! Today, we CELEBRATED with her!  We TRUSTED her and she BLOSSOMED!

There was definitely no screaming involved.

Sarah Softball
The pitch was low and away.  She went for it and NAILED it!

Kids need just their parents to BELIEVE in them!

One day these high pressure parents are going to be surprised at the answer when they ask, “You don’t want to play ball anymore?”

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