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What’s the most effective way to coach focus of attention in baseball?

Modern day baseball has become a data analytics laboratory of sorts. Coaches at all levels are utilizing a wide array of data to improve player performance. As a self-proclaimed student of the game, I believe that using data to improve performance is a critical part of the game’s evolution. However, as a mental performance coach, …

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Coaching is emotional: How did I lose control on the field and what did I learn from it?

I recently let my emotions get the best of me while coaching my 8th grade son’s baseball game. I humbly say that it is a rare occurrence that I lose my cool while coaching. However, I am guilty in this instance. It led me to wonder, how do emotions affect coaches and their coaching? My …

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How Can Control Be a Positive Function in the Coaching Equation?

In Episode 37 of The Freshman Foundation Podcast (https://michaelvhuber.com/podcasts/), my guest is Laurence Halsted, who is a two-time Olympian fencer. Laurence spoke about his experiences as a young athlete in England.  He glowingly spoke about his first fencing coach who provided him a great deal of autonomy to explore his sport. This led to a …

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What can a TV character teach us about the coach-athlete relationship?

I don’t watch a lot of television and when I do, I usually rewatch shows that I really enjoy. I know that sounds pretty boring. However, I’m not afraid to admit that’s my style. Friday Night Lights (FNL) is a critically-acclaimed show about a Texas town that is centered around its high school football program. …

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My One Word for 2022

One of my tips for a better 2022 is to have a clear mission statement. Mission statements can serve as a clear reminder of how we want to operate on a daily basis. Rather than chasing specific outcomes, a mission statement will help us stick to a meaning-driven process every day. A number of years …

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REPOST: Is it worth reading? “Chop wood, carry water” By Joshua Medcalf

I am reposting my review of “Chop Wood, Carry Water” by Joshua Medcalf originally published in August 2020. The book came up in a recent podcast interview with John Lannan, former Major League Baseball pitcher and now Mental Performance Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays (that episode will drop in early 2022). John and I …

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