Visualize Your Success

When Hank Aron was asked,”what was the secret to your success?”, he simply replied……”VISUALIZATION”.

Here is a quick visualization exercise that is guaranteed to help make you a more confident hitter in less than one minute:

  1. Close your eyes, and then take 5 slow, very deep breaths – down deep in your belly. Feel your breath coming in and going out as you take them. With each breath, relax your forehead, jaw, shoulders, back, legs…
  2. Pause at the end of the 5 breaths, and rest without breathing for 15-20 seconds. Just stay focused on the feeling in your relaxing body…
  3. Start breathing normally again, and keep your eyes closed. Now make a picture in your mind of you being the best hitter on your team. Really feel how that would feel. Imagine the way your teammates perceive you. How the coaches respect you, and how the scouts are interested in your projection. Imagine how great it is to hit the ball hard to all fields. What sounds do you hear? What smells?
  4. Have you grabbed that feeling yet? Great! Now keep your eyes closed and let that feeling stay for 5 seconds. Give it a color. What color is it? Now amplify it!

If you do this exercise regularly  you will notice one thing: You can create unbreakable confidence by using visualization skills to help get the feeling of being successful. The “Law of Attraction” means this also increases the chances of that success actually happening.

Work on it and Play Ball!

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Off-Season Throwing Program Phase #3

(Perform 2x per week with 2 days of back-to-back throwing using long-toss one day and simple catch the second day with a goal of staying loose)

Warmups at 20 feet: 5 wide-stance throws facing partner, 5 scap-pinch throws, 10 one-knee throws.

45 feet (ball in back and front, don’t go past front ball): 10 wide-stance throws.

15 throws at 60 feet: 15 step-ins paired with cross behind to balance (alternate the two).

90 feet: 10 step-backs.

105 feet: 8 back-pedals.

Pull-Downs to 60 feet: slowly bring it back in for a 15-pitch flat ground at 75% effort all pitches.

Focus Points

  • Increase arm strength gradually.
  • Continue developing consistent arm slot, keeping front side strong and tight throughout delivery.
  • Do workout after program.
  • Add light shoulder work in after throwing (stabilizations or light tube work for bloodflow only).
  • There must be a day off in between double-throwing sessions to continue to progress.

Watch CJ Wilson’s front side = consistent arm-slot delivery here:

Nothing Changes New Years’ Day

Happy New Year to all DirtDog readers! Just a note from the Clubhouse to remind all that in the words of U2, “Nothing changes on New Years’ Day:”

If you haven’t already started an off-season training program to get ready for the Spring season, you had better get off the bench and move it because there is no time to waste. April 1st is now only 3 months (12 weeks) away, and you need to use every bit of that time from now on to condition your core and maximize your strength. There are plenty of resources on DirtDog Baeball that can help get you going.

If you are planning on playing school ball at either the Jr. Varsity or Varsity level, head’s up! In addition to hitting the schoolwork hard when you get back from vacation, you should be attending winter work-outs to prepare for school team tryouts, regularly using an indoor baseball facility if not living in a warm weather state, and attending holiday baseball camps (including at your preferred future college if possible). Also, you need to be looking ahead and doing the following depending on your grade level:

9th Grade

  • Send initial contact letter to preferred college baseball programs.
  • Student-athlete & family allowed to visit preferred colleges at own expense.

10th Grade

  • Student-athlete & family allowed to visit preferred colleges at own expense.
  • Send follow up letters & spring schedule to college coaches.

11th Grade

  • Student-athlete & family allowed to schedule unofficial visits to preferred colleges at own expense.
  • Research NCAA admission & eligibility requirements.
  • Send follow-up letter & spring schedule to college coaches.
  • Take un-official visits to preferred colleges.

12th Grade

  • Send follow-up letters to college coaches. (Include spring schedule).
  • Make un-official visits to preferred colleges, paid by family.
  • Take college prep courses.
  • Narrow down preferred school list.
  • Plan to take official visits (5 allowed) when offered by college coaches.
  • Official visits permitted after 1st day of class of senior year.
  • Student-athlete & family should assess financial costs for college.
  • Apply for Financial Aid.
  • Request official transcript, GPA, & class rank from guidance counselor.
  • Complete applications & write essays early to allow time for editing & mailing before deadlines

Remember, the harder you work, the luckier you get. This is true in all aspects of your life including athletics. Don’t spend your time sitting on your butt and patting yourself on the back for what you have already accomplished, always keep looking forward to the next goal you want to achieve. Then go and bust your ass for it.

Happy New Year, Best of Luck!