Baseball and Fastpitch Softball are all about mental and physical precision. Athletes require strength, power, speed, explosiveness, fine tuned motorskills and a healthy dose of mental acuity to get and stay on top of their game. Unfortunately, baseball and fastpitch athletes in this area are far from on top of their game and play at a level well below the bar. From youth league all the way up to High School, we are outmatched by teams and athletes that are simply... better. Harsh, but none the less, reality. If we ever want to see our kids reach the bar for their age group, clench tournament victories, district titles, state titles, or be sought after by the top D1 schools in the country... we've got to do more! And, it all starts with...
Regardless of what anyone tells you, team practice and training are not the same thing. Training is where athletes develop their skills and transform into Monsters. Team Practice is where Monsters come together, learn the coaches system, fine tune their skills in that system, and develop into a powerhouse team. The Team Coach expected to create monsters, as well as, create a powerhouse team will always come up short.
At Monsters Inc. we utilize the 4 phases of sports performance training:
Creating monsters is a process. A process that cannot be cheated or substituted with anything other than training. It's not that our athletes can't compete amongst the best, it's that as naturally talented as they may (or may not) be, we for whatever reason, deny process. And as a result, our athletes never receive the training required to succeed.
Truth is... Monsters play on a whole other level. They hit the ball harder, have higher batting averages, on base averages, steel more bases, throw harder, more accurately, rob batters of base hits... And, they do it because not only have they received the best sports training imagineable, but they posses 3 things that only Monsters Inc. can provide:
1. KILLER INSTINCT (KI)
The ferocious desire to succeed or win. And in football, your athletes desire has to be ferocious enough to succeed or win no matter who their playing, no matter the score, and no matter the challenge... even if it requires having to go up against a bigger, faster, and stronger opponent with the refs helping them every step of the way. Your athlete has to understand that winning and losing isn't about who's the most talented... it's about who's got the most fight and finding out which one of you is going to break first.
2. ASSERTION OVER AGGRESSION
Your athlete must posses the physical and mental stamina to assert himself, again and again, over the course of an entire game, against any and every opponent.The key difference between assertion and aggression is control. Those capable and confident enough to assert themselves understand the physical nature of the game, and are both physically and mentally prepared to fight through any adversity. Those who must rely on aggression, lose control, play in spurts, and break down mentally over the course of the game.
Your athlete must posses and play with a feverish level of intensity. INTENSITY: The measurable amount of output, where output = intensity, and your athlete's level of intensity relates specifically to their ability to meet the demands of the game at the highest level of play.
When it comes to sports, we mistakenly believe that through team practice alone, our athletes will receive all of the training being good at sports requires. That and, we have been programmed to believe that training athletes does not require any kind of formal education. Not only are these ideas the furthest things from the truth, but they have created an environment where our athletes abilities are marginalized and any development is limited to the best guess of individuals who, though they mean well, simply do not posses the required knowledge to help athletes become their best.