Baseball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players who take turns batting and fielding. The offense attempts to score runs by hitting a ball thrown by the pitcher with a bat and moving counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third and home plate. A run is scored when the runner advances around the bases and returns to home plate.

 

Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to prevent runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance on a teammate's hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for both teams, beginning with the visiting team, constitutes an inning, and nine innings a game. The team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins.

 

Baseball players can present with various mental obstacles as the game requires quick decisions under pressure. Players need to be able to transition back and forth between offensive and defensive skills as the innings change, which requires a great deal of mental flexibility.

 

Common psychological obstacles that can occur:

  • Anxiety (physical and mental)

  • Uneven performance between practice and game situations

  • Fear

  • Poor self-talk

  • Trouble performing under pressure

  • Difficulty overcoming mistakes

  • Confidence

  • Attention and focus deficits

  • Recovering from an injury

  • Optimal performance training

 

If you believe you or your child may be battling with mental obstacles that could be affecting their overall athletic performance, please call MVP Mentality today. Dr. Hennessy can help athletes of any age and level to optimize their performance on and off the field with cutting edge tactics.

 

With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at DrLaurenHennessy@gmail.com.

 

For more information regarding mental blocks in Baseball, check out the links below:

 

How Neurofeedback Can Optimize Performance

Anxiety Can Negatively Impact Athletes

Is Sports Psychology Right for My Child?