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The Power of Positive Thinking

I see this issue a lot – a pitcher makes a mistake and is so upset and hard on herself that it almost make it impossible to recover and make corrections on the next few pitches!! Pitchers need to realize that they are going to make mistakes – we are not machines, we are people. They need to learn how to take something positive from each pitch even if it is just feeling what felt wrong and say to themselves "ok I know this was not correct, now I am going to try and fix that problem" 

Also practicing positive mental talk!! For example I want to say to myself "ok here I go, hit that corner" NOT "ok here I go, DON'T MISS THE CORNER" Sometimes parents or coaches can also contribute to negative self talk.  How many times have you heard someone say "Don't Lose This Batter" or " No Walks" - a much more positive way of cheering a pitcher on would be to say "Stay Ahead" or " You Got This One"

Next, when something happens that you don't like during a game – LET IT GO! The worst thing you can do is dwell on a mistake that you or one of your teammates made.