Have a good shitty day. What do you have to go to when the garbage hits the fan, because it will hit the fan. Inhale… Exhale. So what? Deal with it. Next pitch.
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The mental game is like frosting on the cake. Heads-Up Baseball is one of the greatest baseball psychology books ever written and has been referenced by so many of the sport psychologists and performance coaches throughout the Mental Game VIP program.
Thank you for all of the great work that you have done and continue to do in the game of baseball… but rumors are building that Heads-Up Baseball 2. What can the baseball community expect to learn when that is released? I think coaches have been doing the mental game throughout their coaching career, but what we did in Heads-Up Baseball was provide a structure and a framework where this related to that and they can see that.
Good coaches coach the mental game. What has changed is the environment that athletes are brought up in. We were talking about this in spring training. Many of our US players have never had a summer job. Someone comes and cuts the lawn. Being a university professor for the last 41 years, I really see how the students have changed and it is dramatic.
The whole social media aspect that the young kids are dealing with is that they want everything quick. They want the instant gratification. You have to pay your dues and you have to do the work. You have to go through the blood, sweat, and tears. Now, the athletes that have had to work, they have an advantage, no question. The thing Heads-Up Baseball 2 is really looking at is what are the pitfalls in the mental game.
The final part in Heads-Up Baseball 2, besides the competing and being on a team, would be the issue of a really old school thought and that is knowing yourself, knowing yourself as a ball player, knowing what your strengths are, knowing what your weaknesses are, knowing how to use your experience and learn from it.
As a former sport psychology professor at Cal State Fullerton, do you have any tips for students? Learn to compensate, adjust and keep moving forward. For those of you reading that follow the World Cup, you saw that Brazil team that had some of the best soccer players in the world on it.
When Germany scored the second goal on them, you could see the fear and panic look in their eyes. What the athlete has to learn is how to compensate and adjust, how to learn to be uncomfortable, how to learn to bounce back from adversity, and how to learn from their failures and not be so damn preoccupied with having to feel just right to perform well, but instead learn to have good crappy days.
If you were a coach, how would you create pressure situations in practice? During BP, instead of taking 15 pitches, cut down the number of pitches and increase the quality of the pitches.
This is where situational hitting is good. He makes about pitches, then he sits and the other guy gets up. Now, are there bullpens where you want to work quick, are there bullpens where you want to take your pitches?
With teams that I work with at the college level, we practice making errors. What aspect of sports psychology do you find the most difficult to teach? I mean the more challenges, the better. I still get excited about the challenges that come your way. I think the thing I run into the most is that the athletes can be very hard on themselves and the need to forgive themselves and move forward. Million Dollar Question What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
I think I learned it real early in my teaching career as a university professor. About my sixth month into teaching, I finally came to a conclusion after not enjoying trying to be like everyone else. That really resonated with me.
It was at that time that I stopped trying to be like everyone else and started to do what I do and that was the first thing that jumped out at me. I have no idea what champions do. Something to go to when the garbage hits the fan and the garbage will hit the fan. I finished my ninth Olympic Games with Russia. It becomes critical, no question. I had one World Cup athlete I worked with and he responded to me after his final game in Brazil.
The Closer Any further advice for the baseball players and coaches striving to get to the next level? Totally immerse yourself in it. Volunteer, go to the inner-city, go to your community.
Get out and coach and work with kids. You have to go out and you have to work with people and pay your dues. Old school.
Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza dies at 70; mental skills coach for MLB, college teams
The mental game is like frosting on the cake. Heads-Up Baseball is one of the greatest baseball psychology books ever written and has been referenced by so many of the sport psychologists and performance coaches throughout the Mental Game VIP program. Thank you for all of the great work that you have done and continue to do in the game of baseball… but rumors are building that Heads-Up Baseball 2. What can the baseball community expect to learn when that is released? I think coaches have been doing the mental game throughout their coaching career, but what we did in Heads-Up Baseball was provide a structure and a framework where this related to that and they can see that. Good coaches coach the mental game. What has changed is the environment that athletes are brought up in.
Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza helped keep Cubs at ease
Ravizza, 70, was a favorite of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who knew and employed Ravizza for decades. Ravizza died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack last week. Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer2y ago Ravizza came of age at a time when even talking about things like mental skills and sports psychology was taboo, particularly in baseball, where managers had the final word on everything. No different than your hitting coach or your pitching coach or infield coach. Ravizza visited with the team recently while the Cubs were in Los Angeles and was scheduled to do so again this week while they are back in California. Ravizza was a professor at Cal State Fullerton. He was really great to have conversations with.