Motivational Monday Tip of the Day – Try saying this without excitement – you cannot do it
When kids seem to be getting mentally “out of it,” losing focus on practicing baseball, I go to this motivational method, and it works to pick up their enthusiasm, guaranteed.
It goes back to the same reason kids love to play video games. It is due to the challenge that video games present. Baseball players are no different, especially young ones. It is a simple motivational method, but one that works. Coaches gather players together and ask, “Who wants a challenge?”
Inevitably, kids’ eyes go up with anticipation, as well as their hands. Once I have their attention, I challenge them in some way that is relatively new to them and it revitalizes the atmosphere, quickly.
This motivational method also works because it is almost impossible to ask, without putting excitement and emotion in one’s own voice. Go ahead and try asking someone, “Who wants a challenge?” in a normal unemotional tone. It cannot be done, at least, not easily.
Of course, coaches should not use this all the time either, or players may become bored with that motivational method, too.