Confidence & Concentration on the Mound

The pitcher’s mound is one of the loneliest spots in all of sports.  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and anxious.  One of the biggest things a pitcher can do to combat these unwanted emotions is breathe.  Yes, just breathe.  Proper breathing helps you relax and concentrate.

Remember that it is harder to hit than it is to pitch.

Never step on the pitching rubber until you are completely ready and focused on the task at hand.  Imagine a place behind the mound where you can “take out the trash” before stepping up to get the sign.  You are in control.  The game cannot start until you throw the ball.

Do not show emotion on the mound.  Demonstrate your mental toughness by keeping a level head during success and failure.

Focus on the task at hand – one pitch at a time.  You cannot go back and change the last pitch.  The only thing you can control is the pitch you are about to throw.  Focus on the target and purpose of that particular pitch.

Try to avoid crooked numbers.  You won’t get beat by giving up 1s and 0s.

Trust your catcher!

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