Baseball Season is just around Corner

February is here and that means that high schools and colleges are cranking up! Most high school programs can officially begin in the middle of February with scrimmages starting almost immediately after the first week of practice.  Some small colleges have already starting playing their games and Division I games begin mid February also.  Exciting…you bet!  This is what you have worked all off-season for.  The gains you have made physically and development wise will be showcased very soon to all of your teammates and college recruiters. Do you have your game plan?
Some players will start off the season hot and never look back.  Hopefully you will be one of them.  If you are not, be ready to handle any adversity that comes your way.  Every athlete experiences the ups and downs so do not throw yourself a pity party when things do not go your way.  You should have a routine in place and stick to the routine.  If you get into a hitting slump, you should know how to work yourself out of it.  If you suffer an injury, you should know who can help you and get you back on track.  If you start loosing weight/strength, you should have a plan on how to add it back.  Most importantly, you need a strong mental game.  Being able to handle the tough times mentally is key to getting back on track fast.  It is really that simple when you compare a high school player to a college player or a college player to a professional player.  A professional player is confident in his abilities, knows how to handle the set backs and can get himself back on track faster than an amateur player.  If you do not have a game plan and resources ready to use to stay on track, take the time to sit down and write out what you have in place and what you need to make this your best season yet!
Next important Recruiting Date is March 1.  This is when the Contact Period begins for D1/D2 coaches and they can leave campus to come watch you play.  Will you be ready?

What is a contact?

A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.

What is a contact period?

During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.