Justin Su'a, the Boston Red Sox Mental Skills Coordinator, shares his strategies for helping kids navigate the mental side of the youth baseball game.
In this 59-minute episode, you'll learn:
- why confidence is a choice
- why confidence is not a feeling
- what to focus on to create true confidence, which the pros do
- the different mental skills the pros work on
- the importance of a routine
- whether a motivational placebo is effective
- how to help players motivate themselves
- the importance of connecting with your players, and how
- what self-awareness is, and how to help players improve it
- how to help kids who are sensitive to failure
- whether to tell upset kids to calm down or to redirect their energy
- how to instill kids leadership
- whether naming team captains is productive or counter-productive
- whether coaches should ask players to set goals
- how to help kids increase mental toughness
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- podcast interview with Joe Hallinan in Session #2
- podcast interview with John T. Reed in Session #8
- Harvey Dorfman's seminal book The Mental Game of Baseball
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