As stated in my last blog, our club had the rare opportunity to return to campus a full week before classes began. This year was the first time in six seasons as a head coach, that I was able to take advantage of a “football like” pre-season training camp. During winter break, our staff brainstormed ideas for camp that would build team unity, as well as prepare us for the marathon season that was just around the corner. All of the activities and workouts revolved around two concepts: be purposeful and be efficient.
One would think that a full week of baseball without the restriction of class and the NCAA Twenty Hour Rule would allow for an infinite amount of groundballs, batting practice and bunt play execution. But, in all reality, how many balls can one team hit, throw, and catch before focus lacks and physical fatigue begins to take its toll? The mental game also takes up a large deal of time during almost every team practice but the human brain can only focus for 60-90 minutes before the brain becomes fatigued. What else did our team need to make them successful this season? Continue reading