Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Embrace the Grind | Embrace the Journey

It is getting really close to the opening day for Softball and Baseball and as I was watching a sports channel talking about spring training I heard a Hall of Fame baseball player mention that one of the things about the first day of spring training is that is the only day your body feels good. 

The professional baseball season is long and is a physical grind with a lot of banged up and bruised bodies.  What he said is true and I have heard it from many players.  These guys have to perform at the highest level despite really not being 100% physically.  They have to endure and persist through the pain.  They actually learn to embrace the grind instead of avoiding or hating it. 

I think many of us believe and expect the journey to achieve goals should be comfortable or easy.  In fact, I believe that the higher the goal such as running a marathon or succeeding in professional sports, the journey is very much uncomfortable.  There is pain, fatigue, and sacrifice.


When I was coaching at one of the college jobs I had, a coaching colleague of mine walked into the gym after a run.  I asked her how her run went and she said it was good but it started to rain in the middle of the run.  I knew it was kind of cold out and asked her if she just cut her run short, she said, "if I avoided my run every time the weather was uncomfortable I wouldn't be able to run the marathon".  

If it is losing weight, getting that promotion or getting that degree, it isn't easy and a lot of it can be uncomfortable..a grind.  These people achieved through the knowledge they had to embrace the grind and embrace the journey.  


Don't let the rain keep you from staying on your journey.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

COMING SOON! | GAP TO GAP RADIO

Gap to Gap Radio has two main goals to accomplish our mission:
  • To get to know the guest better if that be the coach, administrator or athlete.
  • To learn more about the organization.
MISSION

In the same way, Gap to Gap Hitting narrows the focus we want to narrow our focus on the important aspects of the game of Softball to help the athlete achieve her diamond goals. 

The show will typically be aired each Monday at noon eastern time however, we may have to make adjustments to the schedule on occasion.  If we do, we will make it very clear the revised date and time.

The format will usually be a one-on-one interview between the Gap to Gap host, Holly Knight, and her guest for about 45 minutes to an hour.  The show will be aired live and listeners will be able to call in live with questions and/or comments.  You, the listener, will be able to listen on your PC, phone or Ipad live but it will also be recorded if you miss the live show.

HOW TO LISTEN

Go to our Blog Talk Radio Page at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gaptogap.  The upcoming show should be very visible.  You will not be able to listen until the show begins.  Some other ways to Listen:
More details at National Diamond Academy

If you have any questions just let us know!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

When Does a Hitter Have Dingeritis?

I believe I invited this word.  Honestly, I think I did.  At least I started using the word about 30 years ago and I haven't heard it used before that.  Anyway, the word is dingeritis or, in other words, the illness of hitting home runs.

Last week I was finishing some hitting lessons and was impressed with this little boy in the batting tunnel next to me and maybe even more impressed with his Mom.  He was six years old and squaring up the ball with line drive after line drive.  He had a great looking swing.  I complimented the little guy and then complimented the Mom to take the time on a Sunday afternoon to throw his son batting practice.  It was clear she didn't know what she was doing but she was out there throwing to him.  Impressive all the way around.

Anyway, after I sent the compliments I told her that I have seen a lot of young hitters with some great swings until they learn what a home run is.  Then, their swing gets bad.  They get dingeritis.

Dingeritis is, as I said, the illness of home runs.  Not the illness of hitting home runs but the illness of trying to hit home runs.  There are three simple components to dingeritis:
  • Trying to Lift the ball.
  • Trying to Pull the ball.
  • Trying to Hit the ball as hard as possible.
I have spent a career working on hitters to fix dingeritis.  I often ask my hitters, "you know why I know so much about dingeritis?"  I tell them because I had it.  My whole desire was to lift, pull and mash.  As a left-handed hitter, I swung for the fences.  Actually, I swung for right-field fence.  When I learned how to cure my illness of dingeritis then I became a much better hitter.  When those hitters I work with learn how to cure their dingeritis, they also become much better hitters.

Let me make this next point perfectly clear.  Home Runs are not bad.  Home Runs are great and most successful college teams will have at least one or two "home run hitters".  In over 500 college wins as a head coach and many championships, it was rare to have a successful team that did not have at least two home run hitters in the lineup.  So, to continue my effort to be clear, I like home runs.  In fact, I love home runs but when a hitter swings "for the fences" that hitter will rarely succeed.  It causes hitters to be way too long and will roll over, miss quality contact, get jammed and create a poor strike zone.

There are ways to defeat Dingeritus.  Let me know and I can help.