The final DC practice segment, practice absolute #8, is called Finish / Mental. Dugout Captain recommends using the final 5-10 minutes of practice to cover something in the “other” category. Suggestions include a Life Lesson, current event or topic, team issue, or simply a fun competition. Finish activities can happen in the dugout, beyond the fence if your field time is over, or somewhere on the field of play. Keep it varied: Seated discussion one practice. Mental Exercise with pen/paper second practice. On-field drill next.
EXECUTION – As life truly is bigger than baseball, THIS is the biggest impact we can have as coaches. Without disrespecting on the field instruction, 5-10 minutes spent discussing character, work ethic, winning with class or losing with dignity can stay with an athlete forever.
- Requires Effort – But not that much! DC has provided suggestions within this section for discussion topics, drills and activities. Take advantage of the DC Toolbox.
- Impact a Young Mind – Blessing and a responsibility to be a strong role model.
- Teach a Life Lesson – Baseball and competition are the greatest teachers on earth.
- ADDRESS TEAM ISSUES
- FUN COMPETITION
- MIX IT UP
- REQUIRES EFFORT
- IMPACT A YOUNG MIND
- TEACH LIFE LESSON