Concentration is the key to success in the game of softball. Without concentration on the game, a player will find themselves feeling lost on the field and this will show through to how they are playing. There are a few tips that can help softball players sharpen their focus and concentrate on the big game.

Be Ready for Distractions

When you’re on the field for a big game, you’re going to be surrounded by distractions. You’ll have the noise of the cheering fans, umpires yelling, teammates communicating, and coaches yelling to their teams. …


As more and more companies are forced to go remote, managers and supervisors of those office employees are left with the challenge of keeping their team connected. The office norms of team building might as well be labeled obsolete as many of those are simply not possible anymore. So, how can you keep your team connected while working from home? The following list includes a few of the best ways to not only keep people connected by seeing better results from it.

Virtual Breaks

Perhaps the first thing your staff is going to notice about remote work is the type…


There will always be disruptions and things that fail to go according to plan. For some, this can cause stress and disruption in work; it is up to the leaders to remain up for the challenge, providing their team with the fuel to persevere. To take on such a demanding role, one must make a habit of clearing their mind. Here is why working in a clear headspace is vital to their overall success.

To Prevent Outside Issues From Interfering

Life happens to leaders too. And while they go through the same things that everyone else does, it is their…


To be an excellent softball athlete, you must have good hand-eye coordination. Don’t worry if you’re a little shaky, however. The following practices will help you improve your skills.

Catching

A game of catch isn’t just a great way for parents and kids to bond: it also helps you develop hand-eye coordination for softball. However, you don’t necessarily need a partner to reap the benefits. As long as you have a wall to throw a tennis ball against, you can practice catching it. …


It’s not uncommon for life to be stressful and chaotic. This is true for anyone, regardless of their background or lifestyle. When there’s a crisis people often find themselves pushed to the breaking point.

In such times, we rely on leaders to get us through to the other side. However, not everyone in a leadership position is endowed with the natural ability to lead in a crisis. We often find that during an emergency, it is the ordinary people that rise up to the occasion and save the day.

In this article we will share some tips for leading in…


Defensive success in any sport is about having your players in the right place at the right time prepared to do the right thing. That fact may be even more true on the softball diamond than any other sport. Sometimes the difference in keeping the winning run from scoring and holding on to bring home a W is having your players in the proper position. As a coach, it’s your job to be one step ahead of the game. If you’re relying on the defense to react to what’s happening, you’re already behind in the equation. …


As incentives for working hard go, self-motivation is a very tricky life-skill to master. It’s easy enough to complete a task when we have to do our work on a certain schedule. On the other hand, motivating ourselves to achieve great things without deadlines or emotional support can take an amount of willpower and self-belief that most of us will be unaccustomed to in our everyday lives. (Just ask the thousands of people who are tasked with working from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.) …


Mental health has increasingly become a hot topic in today’s society, and more and more athletes are opening up regarding their struggles. Before competitions, several stresses run through one’s mind regarding their upcoming performance. The most elite athletes can suppress those stresses through meditation and relaxation practices. Being strong mentally is just as important as physical preparation. There are many different practices of meditation that can be utilized, but it can also benefit from understanding what it is and how it is beneficial.

An article written by the Mayo Clinic Staff describes mediation as a “mind-body complementary medicine that produces…


One way to boost productivity with positive leadership is to focus attention. You need to get your employees to focus on completing important tasks first. This means you need to have determined what the critical tasks are. It is sometimes challenging to make sure your employees clear their minds and limit external disturbances. These disturbances can lead to errors, interrupted workflow, mistakes, and wasted time, and dropping productivity. As a leader, develop a workflow that will achieve the highest productivity. Focusing attention involves creating plans of action, and contingency plans. …


Developing a perfect swing is difficult for softball players at any level. There are so many moving parts that have to be taken into account and each one of them plays a pivotal role in maximizing contact. The elements of hand-eye coordination, wrist motion, weight distribution, and everything else that goes into a swing is only magnified when you also figure in that the batter can’t ultimately see what he or she is doing; they’re basing the success of their swing based on what the ball does. …

Javier Inclan

Based in Washington D.C., Javier Inclan is the Vice President of the Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association. Learn more @ http://javierinclan.com/.

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