Jim Leyland on Pressure and Developing in Youth Sports
Detroit Tigers Manager, Jim Leyland shares with us his thoughts on pressure and developing in youth sports. (Click image for video).
As a parent, I used to talk to my son and say, “Look, I don’t care if you ever play baseball. But no matter what you do – including baseball – if you want to give it a shot then give it your best shot. You can’t go about it half way.”
Joe Mauer Gives Advice to Young Catchers (Click image for video)
"Obviously, being a catcher, the number one thing to do is to catch the ball before you do anything!
Further, I would say that you’re going to want to be a good example for your other teammates. The catcher is one of the two positions where everybody on the field is looking at you. So, you can set a good example by working hard and hustling – really setting the tone for your team.
The idea that everyone is a winner in a competition may be good at the earliest years of organized sports, but there is too much to learn from the losses and the failures, to let kids continue thinking that everyone should get a trophy, even when they come in last place.
The results of a thirty year survey given to collegiate athletes may surprise you. When asked, "What was the worst thing about playing your sport as a kid?" The overwhelming answer from these athletes was..."The car ride home with my parents." OUCH!