Mongero Monday #18 with guest, Jeff Schaefer, a former professional baseball infielder, and current Regional Director os USA Baseball in addition to founder of the Carolina Baseball Center (CBC). Trent and Jeff discuss
- Catch play routine
- Undersized hungry players.
- Physical and mental separators.
- Mental skills, nutrition, determination.
- Learn how to fight and defend yourself and not back down.
- Every player’s journey is different but you have to fight for what you want.
- Put yourself into situations that are going to challenge yourself on a continuous basis.
- Going to practice twice a week and playing on the weekends is not enough time to make you a college player.
- “I started to do things that other guys didn’t want to do.”
- Mental approach and aggressiveness.
- “Nobody is going to outwork me”.
- Attention to detail.
- “You have to be self-aware, you have to recognize who you are, what your gifts are and the areas of the game that you’re not gifted in.”
- Self evaluation…self awareness.
- It’s very important to understand who you surround yourself with, who your close friends are..
- You’re aware of your strengths and weaknesses and you’re making the time and sacrificing the time to get better.
- Prove yourself.
- Playing with emotion.
- Going over the emotions of making it to the big leagues.
- Play with a sense of urgency.
- Hunger and desire.
- Player development.
- Reflection on travel baseball.
- “I encourage parents when you know you can trust somebody who’s been there, don’t take offense. Have honest conversations.
- “If you’re going to go far in this game you have to know the game is going to hurt your feelings. You have to bounce back from that.”
- Resilience, toughness, grit.
- Prepare yourself for tough scenarios.
- How to handle kids’ disappointments.
- How to teach kids toughness and resilience.
- How to handle certain situations being the coach’s kid.
- “As an athlete there are going to be haters and then there are people who want you to truly succeed.”
- When you make a big mistake.. How do you respond?
- “Put your kids in a competitive environment and take your lumps and let the lows happen.
- IT takes a village/community to raise our kids to be the best person/baseball player.