Baseball Game Day

Hitting, Catching, Fielding, Base Running, Squeeze Play, Mental Approach
Curated By
Jessica Tanner

Jessica Tanner is a Marketing Director from Katy, Texas with a specialty in personal branding and customer centricity. Jessica pursued an athletic scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where she graduated with honors in 2012 after obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and minors in Communication and Sports Administration. Her research interests concentrate on athletics, developing youth, and family values. In addition to her creative contributions to EncourageX, Jessica spends her time mentoring and coaching fastpitch softball players and volunteering.

They Might Be Thinking:

  • I've never faced this pitcher before...what is he going to throw me?
  • My team is counting on me...what if I fail them?
  • What if I don't live up to my team's expectations during today's game?
  • Watch the ball hit my bat - see contact.
  • Did I pack my ankle braces, elbow and shin protectors, and pine tar?
  • I need to load up on protein and carbs to have enough energy throughout the game.
  • Be aggressive on the bases.
  • Finish the play. Don't give up on the ball or myself.
  • Play with passion and give max effort, always.
  • Get a good break on the ball off of the bat.
  • Hustle on and off the field.
  • Make adjustments. Improve each at bat.

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Study the pitcher and have a plan at the plate.
  • Perfect practice makes perfect. Treat every practice like game day.
  • Be a good teammate; lead by example.
  • Put the ball in play - be a tough out.
  • Two strikes, protect the plate and go down swinging.
  • Tune out the distractions and just play ball.
  • Baseball is a team sport. The outcome of the game falls on the shoulders of nine men, not just one.
  • Physical errors happen, but mental errors can't. Control the controllables.
  • Give it your very best and you will never worry about if you played good enough.
  • I love watching you play. You inspire me to work hard and chase my dreams.
  • This is just another game. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Do your job and have fun.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • Don't worry about it. You'll get another shot next game.
  • That umpire made a bad call. It's not your fault.
  • That's okay; you'll get it next time.
  • That ball took a bad hop; shake it off.
  • You just took your eye off the ball; that's it.
  • Everyone is counting on you.
  • Don't overthink it. Just hit the ball.
  • We have to win today.
  • It's just a game.
  • Are you sure you're prepared for the big game today?
  • I hope your team comes ready to play, the team you are playing is very good. 
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