Advice from a Veteran College Baseball Player

Ryan-Allen-Pitcher-at-Mizzou-150x150For all freshmen and newcomers, it is important to go into Fall practice and expect to challenge for playing time immediately.

Don’t be content with just going along for the ride.

Make the decision harder on your coaches by showing that you are a viable option to contribute right away.

For this to properly happen, you must first believe that you belong at that level.

Probably the best words I received going into my freshman year at the University of Missouri were given to me by my coach from Connie Mack ball.

“Just remember, they wouldn’t have recruited you if they didn’t believe you could help them get to Omaha,” he told me.

This was important for someone like me to remember since I had grown up in the Big 12 region and playing at that level was a dream come true.  I was so thankful for the chance to make that dream happen that I almost got caught up in the idea that they had done me some kind of favor by letting me come play for them.

While it is important for a young player to be gracious in any opportunities given to him or her, it is just as vital for that player to realize the value that they bring to the team.

Any player who is able to come to grips with this fact, will be on track to realizing their full potential as an athlete, and as a teammate.

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2 Responses to Advice from a Veteran College Baseball Player

  • John Smith

    What if your a freshmen infielder and clearly better then all your competition at short 2nd and 3rd in both fielding and hitting in every aspect (arm strength, soft hands, technique in hitting and fielding, hitting for power and contact, and speed) but your coach didnt start you or even play you in the first two games of the season.

    • Informed Athlete Ryan Allen

      John,

      In this situation, I believe it may be best to approach your coach about why you are not playing. If you truly believe that you are better than the guys that are currently on the field, then you are not being selfish, as you will be helping the team by getting the best nine guys on the field.

      Now, the most important aspect in all of this is that you have to deliver your message in an assertive, yet respectful way. Going to a coach and throwing a tantrum about playing time will do you no good. But, if you speak to your coach in a confident, committed matter, I believe you will find a better result. At the very least, you will receive an honest answer.

      I also want to make you aware that doing this does not necessarily guarantee that you will get more playing time. But, in doing this you will know where you stand and what you need to work on to see more time on the field.

      Good luck!

      Ryan

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