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How To Make The High School Team

I received this list from a high school baseball coach and thought it would be a great start to our "How To Make The High School Team" segment.

  1. Persistence is more important than talent

  2. There is a reason that the word STUDENT comes first in student/athletes

  3. Respect the game as much as you want to be respected

  4. Tuck in your shirt

  5. Don't wear your hat backwards

  6. Practice hard because you play the way you practice

  7. It doesn't take any talent to hustle

  8. Be a student in baseball. Learn the game - Study the history of baseball

  9. Help your team win whether you play or not

  10. Keep a daily diary of what you do at practice and keep notes of your observations. This will help you see the progress you have made

  11. Never argue with an umpire

  12. Agree to let your coaches train you

  13. Don't cut class

  14. Maintain the grades that keep you eligible

  15. Set high standards along with knowing the steps to attain them

  16. Don't tell people what you are worth, prove it to them

  17. Your girlfriend is not more important than your career

  18. Your parents love you, but they don't know more than your coach about baseball

  19. Don't let anyone make an excuse for you

  20. Maintain eye contact with all adults when they talk to you. Practice on your friends

  21. It is your coach's opinion of you that counts. He makes out the lineup. Fail to understand this point and you will soon be out of the game

  22. Life is not fair. Regardless of what some people want you to think

  23. Be passionate about your teammates

  24. Love the game

  25. Players are not the only people in the game. There are coaches, trainers, announcers, umpires, broadcasters and writers. All those jobs are honorable professions as well as keeping you young

  26. The only thing that coaches owe you is HONESTY

  27. Body language screams. It never whispers

  28. Balance makes champions. If you focus on hitting and ignore the defensive part of your game you will never be a complete player

  29. Be as diligent on defense as you are on offense

  30. Defense wins more games than offense

  31. Pitching sets the tone

  32. Games are lost not won. Mistakes lead to losses

  33. You can win a league with a few good pitchers. Well developed pitching staffs win the tournaments

  34. Work on your game every day of the year. The guy who beat you out for the starting job did and the team that always beats you

  35. Who you are today is a result of who you were in the past. Fill your past with smart work and good deeds and you will maximize your potential

  36. You don't have to be a great athlete to be a good baseball player

  37. Show off your talent to your current coach and your future coach by doing the following: (ALL THE TIME)
    • When you jog to warm up finish first.
    • When you stretch do it best.
    • When you play catch, throw to a target and hit it every time.
    • When you play catch, catch the ball or block the bad throw and keep it in front of you every time.
    • When you are doing a drill, do it perfect, every time.
    • Go hard all the time. Never walk on a baseball practice field.
    • As a batter/runner run to first as though it matters that you are safe.
    • Know the situation on defense and do the right thing.

  38. Baseball reveals character it doesn't build it.

  39. Character means doing the right thing when nobody's watching

Darrin McComas
Head Baseball Coach
Burroughs High School
Ridgecrest, California
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Baseball Checklist - Make The Team
Make The Team - Part 1
Make The Team - Part 2
Make The Team - Part 3
Make The Team - Part 4
Make The Team - Part 5
Make The Team - Part 6

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