- Athletes must always respect themselves, their teammates, their competitors, the officials, and honor the game.
- Athletes must believe that confidence comes from within and not from others or external factors; that’s why it’s called self-confidence!
- Athletes must understand that under pressure they will perform to the level of their training not their talent.
- Athletes should maintain a “growth mindset” – always striving to improve and to consider mistakes as a normal and a necessary part of development.
- Athletes can build confidence with repetition and drills, but they must believe they can carry these skills to competition.
- Athletes need to take charge of their confidence before competition and must trust their skills when they go from practice to competition.
- Athletes must interpret pregame jitters as normal signs of adrenaline which will help not harm their performance.
- Athletes must focus on the process of playing the game not the outcomes.
- Athletes must trust their training and do what the situation requires in competition so they do not tighten up and play safe when they feel pressure to succeed.
- Athletes must have a “mistake ritual” so they do not hold on to mistakes during competition.
- Athletes must understand that just because they lose does not make them losers. Effort, improvement, and the journey matter much more than the outcome; it’s how they react to winning or losing that determines whether they are a Champion for Life.
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Adam Sarancik is the owner of Elevate Sports Academy which mentors student-athletes in physical conditioning, nutrition, career and college counseling, and sport skills. He has spent most of his adult life coaching youth ages 8-22 in baseball, soccer, and basketball. He is a favorite speaker at and director of coaches' and players' clinics. He has also developed several youth baseball leagues. Adam is also a frequently published contributor to the ABCA publication Inside Pitch, Collegiate Baseball newspaper and is a Certified Impact Trainer for The Positive Coaching Alliance.