If you are a high school or college baseball player hopeful, review
this checklist to see hw you measure up.
1. Persistence is more important than talent.
2. There is a reason that the word STUDENT comes first in
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 of 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 & 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
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
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 be out of
22. Life is not fair, regardless of what some people want you to
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.
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
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, as did the team that always beats
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
37. Show off your talent to your current coach and your future
coach by doing the following (ALL THE TIME)
you jog to warm up, finish first.
you stretch, do it best.
you play catch, throw to a target and hit it every time.
you play catch, catch the ball or block the bad throw, keep it in front of
you every time.
you are doing a drill, do it perfect every time.
Hard all the time. NEVER walk on a baseball field.
a batter / runner, run to first as though it matters that you are
the situation on defense and do the right thing.
REVEALS CHARACTER, IT DOESN'T BUILD IT.
means doing the right thing even when nobody's watching.
The above Words of Wisdom were taken from: The Winning Pitch,
Collegiate Baseball, Thomas Alston, October 8, 1999.