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Developing Mental Toughness With Drills

Mental game drills from some of DI softball's best pitching coaches

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The best feature of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s (NFCA) annual convention is the opportunity to learn from other coaches. Or at least that’s my favorite part! At the 2016 convention, the NFCA staff came up with another fantastic forum for sharing knowledge: Fireside Chats. There were two sessions, where the best of the best DI coaches sat up on stage and fielded questions from the audience.

There was a TON of value shared in the session, but I’ll only touch on one segment here. The very first question was whether these pitching coaches work on perfect scenarios or adjusting to the imperfect. They all focused on adjusting to the imperfect situations because that is how you best prepare for an imperfect game.

In a sport that involves so much failure, it’s how you bounce back that truly matters.

The coaches then took turns detailing how they work on the mental game with their players. The All-Star panel included Oklahoma’s Melyssa Lombardi, Tennessee’s Karen Weekly, South Carolina’s Beverly Smith, UCLA’s Kirk Walker, and Alabama’s Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro. These coaches were the inspiration for this post and bonus because their drills work perfectly for the mental game.

There are many ways to incorporate the mental game into drills that help with the physical game simultaneously. You just have to get a little creative 🙂 The way I define mental toughness is with the 7 Cs:  competitive,  committed,  confident, in control, composed, courageous and consistent. As I was reflecting on the drills these coaches talked about, I realized they covered all of the Cs! 

To learn the drills associated with each mental strength, unlock the free infographic below. Then head to Facebook to learn more and leave a comment as I dive deeper in Extra Innings !

I hope you enjoyed this post and got mentally stronger today!

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