Recruitment Game

Yesterday I was posed with the question: “How do I get recruited?” After brief reflection, the answer seemed easy: “Make yourself so valuable, that everyone needs you.” This stands in opposition to the current process: getting lucky in Recruiting Musical Chairs. Musical Chairs The recruitment game is analogous to a game of musical chairs. Most view it simply: there are …

Greatness – Part I

Greatness – Part I: The Early Bloomer Greatness is defined as “a concept of a state of superiority.” Therefore, in today’s society, most equate greatness with superiority. Consequently, their path to greatness is simple: be superior over another. The hallmark of this path is the athletic carcasses of those who were defeated and failed. This sets the foundation for the …

Strikeouts and Pink Elephants

Whatever you do, do not think of a pink elephant. As you are reading this sentence, try very hard to NOT think of a pink elephant. Now, what are you thinking about? But I told you not to think of it! Our brains are wired in such a way that attempting to completely suppress our thoughts is relatively impossible. Coined …

Playing Time…and a Challenge

Recently, I stood next to three parents outside the 1st base line waiting for the game before ours to end. These parents were from the teams playing and I did not know them – so I guess I should apologize for overhearing their conversation and then posting it to this widely read blog. Last week we had 10 people read …

30-6… A Reflection

**For the 5 of you who read these blog posts, you should know how they usually go. Ordinarily, the blog post is either my opinion on some aspect of sports/competition or a simple reflection piece of that day/week. I thoroughly enjoy writing the latter because it helps me pull my thoughts together; and, to be honest, I usually write them …

“You’re not Jose Bautista”

As a player, I had a difficult time listening to anyone about anything because I was “good.” I had a D1 scholarship, I set some meaningless records, and my teams rarely lost. But, I wasn’t “good.” And unfortunately, I never learned how to learn and I failed too late to succeed. In my coaching and professional life, I’m trying to …

Reflections

This past weekend, I was able to play the assistant coach role at a 14u tournament. Having the ability to simply watch a game and not be an active participant is beneficial on many levels. It afforded me the ability to objectively view the game and assess various points of potential growth. It also enabled me to effectively analyze our …

Long Term Process vs Short Term Gains

This weekend, I spent 14 hours at baseball fields and spent the rest of my waking hours going through old hitting videos. It made me reflect on my past as a player and now coach and on my daily interaction with family, friends, parents, and student-athletes. I find myself regularly discussing a variety of topics – sports, politics, economics, education, …

A Phone Call…

Recently, the Compete Academy received a phone call from a well-intentioned parent. The call was emblematic of the the current mindset of most parents. The only question the parent wanted answered: “What are you going to do to get my son college exposure?” We receive these questions regularly. And by regularly, I mean constantly. It has become the backbone of …