Approaching hitting in this fashion has no upside. Remember, baseball is a game of failure. A very good batting average is .300, which means that 7 out of 10 times you do not reach base. With that in mind, regarding the art of hitting from a deficit standpoint is hardly a productive exercise. That said, if the goal is to stand at home plate and pray, then perhaps it is best to stand on the “on-deck” circle and watch the game and/or life pass you by. Everyone strikes out and everyone gets hit. It is part of the culture of baseball.
Parents must encourage, be patient and supportive. Learning the game of baseball the proper way mirrors the game of life. It takes time and a lot of practice. The ups and downs of a long baseball season can be a grind; however, with the proper guidance, parents can instill the necessary limits.
Parents must adopt the notion that limits equals love. Your son or daughter will not crack. Baseball pressure resembles school pressure. Players and students need to understand the expectations and the expectations must be enforced consistently.
One of two things will ensue: the fear of being hit or the humiliation of standing there will become a reality or the correct approach of stepping into the batter’s box with a plan. Parents set the stage and must be the role models.
It is about routine practicing. For example, Samantha is a rep softball player who is a dominating hitter in her league. Her teammates look up to her because she always seems on her game. Even when she is struggling, Samantha is focused and positive. Her demeanor does not shift.
Parental alert…It is not enough to go for the bare minimum. The good players wait in the on-deck circle, take practice swings in tandem to the pitcher’s delivery. They study the delivery carefully. As well, this preparation occurs in the dugout when the hitting coach extends a few friendly reminders and prior to the game.
Parents must set the stage for optimal learning. Through their example, players like Samantha can hone their hitting skills and become better citizens who are positioned to assume healthier risks. Fear of failing is not failing, but the very definition of insanity.