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IN GAME: Next Pitch

mental game pitcher softball Jul 05, 2021
It's all about the NEXT PITCH when you step onto that pitching rubber.
 
 

1. Let it go.

 
Cue the Frozen soundtrack. Whatever happened the pitch before, LET. IT. GO. You can't change what happened, so don't give energy to it. Let it go as quickly as you can. You can reflect back to it after the game to learn from it as you move forward, but it serves no purpose as you go into the next pitch.
 

2. Focus on what you want to do, not what you DON'T want to do.

 
Tell yourself phrases that you know work for you. Think about the 2-word dictionary post I have pinned up at the top of this page. This is a great time to use those phrases as you're walking up to the pitching rubber.
 

3. Take your time & also take a breath.

 
There's no rush. You control the pace of the game. Go at a pace that fills you up with energy and positive thoughts. Go at a pace that does not feel rushed to you.
 

4. Remember the count.

 
Are you working from ahead or behind? Always be aware of the count so you can visualize if you want your pitch (whatever is called) to be more on the plate or less on the plate based on if you need a strike or if you're ahead.
 

5. Attack, one pitch at a time.

 
Remember you're in control. Attack the hitter, have confidence and remember that you can't win the game with one pitch. Give each Individual pitch its own attention and make that ONE PITCH the very best it can be in that moment by not holding on to what happened against hitters you faced previously.