Mental training for baseball players is a very overlooked performance-enhancer. Though many players, coaches and parents witness in-game meltdowns and struggles under pressure, few players train their minds to prepare for tough situations. In this article, you’ll learn four tips to help improve baseball performance by training the mind and preparing for high-pressure situations.
About Dan Blewett
Dan Blewett is co-owner of Warbird Training Academy and the Warbird Senators Baseball Club in Central Illinois. A professional pitcher of six seasons, Dan specializes in pitching and strength and conditioning for baseball and softball players. He speaks to teams, schools and aspiring athletes, and writes for numerous fitness and baseball websites. His first book, Pitching Isn’t Complicated, was published in 2013. Visit Danblewett.com and follow him on Instagram @coachdanblewett for his unique take on training, baseball and sports. Get Dan’s Free eBook, What It Takes, filled with advice for players and parents on how to fulfill their dreams in baseball.
Entries by Dan Blewett
There are many mental factors that can hinder an athlete’s performance. A major one is the fear of negative outcomes on the field—giving up hits and runs, striking out in big situations, and suffering ridicule, embarrassment, and playing time consequences. Mentally removing oneself from attachment and fear of these consequences can improve performance, and this can be done, in part, by visualizing negative outcomes.
In Tommy John Surgery recovery, one of the most difficult aspects of the recovery is handling the pain, discomfort, and seemingly random changes in how one’s arm feels. As a pitcher gets to the final phase of his recovery – month eight and beyond – it becomes a constant battle of throttling up and down on how often to throw, how hard to throw, and how much pain and discomfort should be tolerated during throwing. Learn how to manage this in this article.
Sports provide tremendous opportunities for young men and women to grow socially, learning to face challenges, and develop discipline in pursuit of commons goals. To specialize early means to miss out on opportunities for personal growth that are not available through the narrow lens of just one sport.
One of the most frustrating aspects of pitching is failing to locate. Pitchers often struggle commanding their curveball, and the pressure they put on themselves often makes the problem worse. This article shares some quick fixes that baseball pitchers can use right away on the mound when their curveball hangs up in the strike zone.
The baseball season is extremely long and demanding. Coaches now advise pitchers to only sprint and never run distance. But this is unrealistic advice that will likely lead to burnout, poor overall conditioning, and injury. Read this article for more balanced, practical conditioning advice for baseball pitchers.
Why do flame-throwing rookies have such a hard time getting outs, despite amazing ability? Regardless of how hard a pitcher throws, he must learn how to read hitters, execute pitches, and process all the information he’s given on every swing a hitter takes.
Looking to get recruited to play baseball in college? Here are a few actionable steps that players can take to boost their recruiting stock and get noticed. The process can be daunting, but I think that there are a few steps that you can take to really put yourself in a much better position.
The changeup is evolving, and advanced metrics are showing us that movement and speed-change is superior to speed change alone. Learning a changeup with advanced qualities – more than just speed change– gives a pitcher a chance to be on the leading edge of advances in baseball.
In part one of this series on the changeup, we discussed the “modern changeup,” a version of the changeup that is typified by heavy sink and run that is thrown by an increasing number of successful Major Leaguers.
Here in part two, I’m going to provide step-by-step instructions to learn, and teach, the pitch that I believe will be the predominant version of the changeup in the future.