Daily Attainable Goals, Quality At Bats, Shadowball


Liam Carroll

Yesterday I wrote about formalising a mission as a way to remind yourself why you play or coach baseball or softball and to stay motivated.  Anyone who is serious about their baseball or softball should check out a book called Heads-Up Baseball for a better explanation of the mental game and activities to help them get the best out of their ability.  Here's a shaky but interesting video summarising the thoughts of one of the authors who at the time was working with the Rays' Matt Garza (a head case!).  If you only have 60% to give, give 100% of that 60%.

Goal setting is by no means anything new; in fact I think people can often get a bit carried away with the types of goals one can set, their Smart (or even SmartER) goals.  But nonetheless it's an important step for ballplayers and coaches, especially those who've set forth their mission.  In January I attended a coaching convention in the United States and a highlight was listening to Steve Springer talk about Daily Attainable Goals.  I don't know whether each of you need to get stronger or faster, or what specific skills you should workat  most; but I do know that if you have a goal of having Quality At Bats, a daily attainable goal as Springer would say, you can make every day successful and come closer to achieving your mission.

I'm off to the Hackney Empire tonight to watch Shadowball, the jazz opera about baseball and jazz during segregation, performed by Hackney schoolchildren who've been playing ball for the last six weeks.  There might be some tickets left if you're looking for some Thursday night entertainment and culture.



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About Liam Carroll

Liam Carroll

Liam was a Regional Coach and then Development Coordinator for BaseballSoftballUK until May 2014. He returned to his hometown of London to work for BSUK in 2010 after stops in Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, California and Nevada. Growing up playing in Britain, Liam made the move to America to study and play university baseball. After figuring out that his future would be brighter as a coach rather than player, he moved to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to finish his degree and coach college baseball. Since then he’s coached youth and adult teams on both sides of the atlantic and with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams.

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