I have always been intrigued with hitting approaches… especially those that deal with two strike situations. Early in my playing career, I would feel angered, embarrassed and/or guilty walking back to the dugout after a strikeout- a feeling I never really got over.
The real eye-opening moment for me that a culture change was needed came on the field. In the high-pressure, crucial moments that decided emotional games, I noticed something in my teams that I didn’t like: they all looked to me.
I’m a competition guy, I just love to compete. Whether it’s hit and run drill or base running or a fly ball drill- we try to have some competition. At the end of practice every day where there’s a winner and there’s a loser, or maybe everybody wins or everybody loses if we don’t catch every fly ball.
As hard as it is to put a finger on exactly what a competitive player is, it is even harder to explain what a competitive coach looks like. To this end, I did some research into the topic by asking some coaches and former coaches that I admire the simple question, “What does a competitive coach look like?”
“I enjoy coaching so much, it’s just a part of me.”