I find it almost funny sometimes that athletes think they can put in work 1-2 days a week and be great. Sure, there are some natural athletes with God given talent that were born to throw 98mph. But that is a rarity. If you’re not willing to put the time in, you can’t expect to achieve the results you desire. Not all days are easy and it’s the days that are tough, the ones you have to grind through, that reveal what type of athlete you are.
Baseball traveling teams, or “Travel Ball” as it is commonly referred to, has a lot of positives and negatives. I often get a lot of questions from parents who have athletes anywhere from 9 years old to 18 years old. The most common question is: Should I sign my child up for Travel Ball?
Yes I know, it’s school. And in this day and age with so much technology and video games, it’s difficult at times to get student athletes to understand exactly how important having good grades are. For some student athletes, it’s too little too late unfortunately. For others, they are on top of their grades and handle their business from day one. The latter are more difficult to find. But I think if student athletes were involved in a conversation about the importance of school and what that means to potential college coaches, they may try a little bit harder.
One of the most difficult things to do is to keep your focus on the process, not the results. We are a result-orientated society. That is to say if we don’t get the results we want right away, we believe we have failed. After all, no one wants to put work into something only to not achieve the desired results