Taking Ownership of Your Commitments- A Player, Parent & Coach Perspective

Written By: Garrett Gordon

What Motivates You?

As a player, ask yourself why you play the game.  As a parent ask yourself why your kid plays the game, do they play because you make them? Is their goal to someday play in the big leagues one day? Or just wants to play once or twice a week because their friends do?  The bottom line is taking ownership.

Find what motivates you and then plan your goals accordingly. If you don’t want to put in the extra time then you’re not allowed to be upset about your poor performance.  If your goal is to have fun, I can assure you that if you practice and get better you will have more fun.

The Initial Work

Let’s say you’re trying to take your game to the next level by learning our movements, getting in-person lessons, online lessons, or maybe you’re just out on your own trying to turn better.  

When hitters get introduced to the Rebel's Rack for the first time, there usually is slight hesitation. "How can a red bar teach me how to hit?" I'm sure is the first thought that crosses their mind. But once they buy-in and learn the movement progression, something awesome happens. 

Immediately you start hitting the ball better, this makes you happy. Being the newest hitting instructor here I have seen this time and time again over the past 5 months.  I have seen the drastic jumps in exit velocity and distance. This is really cool to see and gives me AND the hitter reassurance that what we teach is beneficial.

The Honeymoon Phase

The "honeymoon phase" always eventually wears off. Hitters think that because they have improved once by working on the movements, they will improve every time. Even if they don't work as hard as they did in between the next few lessons as they did between the first two.

Usually, the first thing we ask as instructors is “have you been doing your turns?”  roughly 75% may be more of the time the answer is “no” or the kid says “yes” and then the parent in the background is shaking their head “no”.

This is very frustrating and makes us all here at Baseball/Softball Rebellion disappointed and annoyed.  No, we don’t get mad nor take it personally but we do know that if you don’t practice your movements you will never be as good as you can be. You must take ownership of your practice. 

You Invest Your Money, But Do You Invest In Yourself?

The checklist goes like this: do you have a rebel’s rack? Yes. Do you get lessons either in person or online” Yes. Do you play on a team? Yes. Ok, so you commit to all those things and then still don’t take the time to do your turns?  Your parents have invested money in you so that you can get better. Quite frankly it is disrespectful to them when you don’t practice on your own. What you lack is dedication, and that’s not ok. But guess what now you can fix it. As a player at any age, you have to be real with how much time you dedicate to getting better.

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The Classroom

Now this section has nothing to do with school but it has everything to do with the process of getting better.  Getting lessons, going to clinics or camps is the equivalent to a classroom. This is the time where you gain knowledge that needs to be remembered. 

If you’re in a one on one lesson you have to be fully present and be in that exact moment. 100% focus throughout the whole time you’re getting instruction is key for your development.  You have to be willing to change and learn. If you’re not willing to do that then guess what your performance will suffer.

The Homework
The Test

How You Can Become The Best Version of You

Find your Best stride

When it comes to finding your best stride there are movements your body has to do to create a solid turn.  The length of your stride is something that needs to be considered. Often times hitters shorten their stride without ever really noticing that they are doing them.  Therefore you need to pay attention to what you are doing. The width of your stride is also something that can’t be neglected. If you feel off-balance when you stride and then turn it could be because the width of your stride is too narrow.  Check out the video below for more information.

Find your Best turn

After making sure your stride is locked in, your head and chest position are good.  Now it’s time to find your best turn. Your best turn should feel fast and effortless.  You should be able to maintain balance throughout the whole turn. I understand not every turn will be perfect but over time you can get it pretty close.  The more you repeat your best turn the more often it will come out in games. Watch the video below on why you need to find your best turn.

Final Thoughts

After reading this article I hope you don’t feel like I am personally attacking anyone.  As an instructor, I want the best for any athlete I get to work with. I know from my own experience that if you put in the hard work and develop your skills, you can get pretty close to what you want. 

Figure out what you want when it comes to playing baseball or softball. If your goal is to play in college and get a scholarship, then you better be working your tail off to get that. Take ownership of your career and how far it can go. 

You never want to look back and think “I could have done more” I have had that same feeling and let me tell you what, it does not feel good.  But I didn't know the things back then that I do know now! So here I am urging to get better, try a lot bit more, focus on what you need to fix and this will make you better!

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