Baseball Drills - Staying Motivated While You Practice
By Nate Barnett
One of the biggest challenges a coach faces is to successfully instill a long-term motivation and vision in
practice during the typical lengthy baseball season. It's not uncommon for a high school player to spend February through
August doing baseball drills, workouts, training, and of course participating in games. So the question must be asked, how
can you create a sense of urgency and long-term focus during the hundreds of hours of baseball drills throughout the season?
This is where goals come into play. Though I will say, be careful how you use the term "goals", the reaction
of your athletes may be less than excited. I prefer the term, "road map". Whether it be to play in high school, college, or
professionally, you will be much more likely to find your athletes will perform the baseball drills and workouts you create
efficiently if you help them continually expand their road map. Without a clear and defined road map, you'll end up wasting
a lot of practice time and will most certainly find it tough to help your players stay motivated throughout the duration of
I'm sure you've agreed with me thus far that a road map creation process is vital to the success to an athlete.
But let me give you one tangible and practical way to help enlarge the thinking of your players.
Think of it this way. If the goal is to get to the Big Leagues, there are some serious rewards that come with
the title of Big Leaguer. One of the benefits of course is economic. Lets say a talented and successful player makes one million++
dollars annually playing professionally. Broken down over a career of practicing and working hard on baseball drills, that's
about 20 grand per practice! Obviously it largely depends on the age of the athlete whose dream is to play in the Bigs, but
I'm sure you can do the math and figure out the amount of money per practice. Have the athlete deposit the money in his mental
bank account only if he's worked hard during his practice.
The mind is an amazing thing. Help your athletes develop it so they may achieve their full potential.
About the Author
Nate Barnett is owner of BMI Baseball http://bmibaseball.com and is based out of Washington State. His expertise is in
the area of hitting, pitching, and mental training. Coach Barnett's passion is working with youth in helping expand their
vision for their baseball future. After finishing a professional career in the Seattle Mariners Organization, Nate pursued
his coaching and motivational training career. His instructional blog is located at http://bmibaseball.com/blog
His new FREE ebook, Toxic Baseball: Are you polluting your game? can be found on the main BMI Baseball website.
Hitting 101, an ebook on complete hitting mechanics will be released by June 1st, 2008. Features include numerous illustrations,
video clips, and a special offer to discuss your hitting questions over live on the phone strategy sessions.