Rule #12 is an example of the “no kidding” kind of rule.
What if you made this “no kidding” rule, and others, a regular part of pre-pitch communication for outfielders, starting at a young age?
It’s not usually the highlight plays that make a difference. Make the routine plays easier with good talk and targeted practice along with enough live balls to make impactful experience.
Remember that time…? It seems like it was easy, right? You showed up and got it right.
Your successes are likely more complex than you remember them.
You worked hard, you considered options that ended up on the cutting room floor that you don’t even recall now.
Sometimes we think our former selves had it easier, or the competition wasn’t as tough as it actually was, or we were just better then…
Give yourself credit and get to work on the complex concern in front of you now.
Safety nets, guide wires, bumpers, reasons to be fearless without repercussion.
Is that what’s really good for us?
Do we need to be sure to have a “feel good” practice before a big game? Do you know for sure that’s the best thing for you or your team or do you just think it is?
What happens if she fails for real? Throws a gutter ball or falls on her face, even literally?
I think that the toughness comes from getting up and dusting oneself off.
Allowing failure to occur is not the same as encouraging it.