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7 Tournament/Showcase Tips She Needs to Get Recruited!
As a sports parent and coach I understand the vital importance of an athlete maximizing her opportunities during a showcase, camp or tournament in an effort to get recruited.  Below are 7 surefire tips for how your athlete can stand out from the crowd to im...
As a sports parent and coach I understand the vital importance of an athlete maximizing her opportunities during a showcase, camp or tournament in an effort to get recruited. Below are 7 surefire tips for how your athlete can stand out from the crowd to improve her chances to get recruited:
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The Championship Formula
After watching another exciting NCAA softball championship season it got me to thinking what exactly determines champions; meaning what separates them from everyone else? Championship games are always thrilling spectacles because of the endless unknown vari...
After watching another exciting NCAA softball championship season it got me to thinking what exactly determines champions; meaning what separates them from everyone else? Championship games are always thrilling spectacles because of the endless unknown variables and the pure drama of personal ...
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MY TOP 10 TIPS TO SHINE AT COLLEGE SHOWCASES!
If your athlete is of college showcase age (14+) or soon will be you'll want to read my top 10 tips on how she can stand out in showcase events (whether games or camps): 1. Know WHY you are  there! This may seem simple but there is a HUGE difference in mind...
If your athlete is of college showcase age (14+) or soon will be you'll want to read my top 10 tips on how she can stand out in showcase events (whether games or camps): 1. Know WHY you are there! This may seem simple but there is a HUGE difference in mindset between a tournament game and a ...
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Parent & Athlete: 5 Tips for "Big Picture" Thinking
The big picture . Sounds kind of cool, right? Today we all love "big," even outside of the great state of Texas! Bigger is always better, and the idea of big picture thinking  usually brings with it positive connotations and expectations. You know, the big ...
The big picture. Sounds kind of cool, right? Today we all love "big," even outside of the great state of Texas! Bigger is always better, and the idea of big picture thinking usually brings with it positive connotations and expectations. You know, the big hit; the big play; the big game!
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6 Proven Tips to Keep Your Athlete Motivated!
One of the challenges I hear from parents and coaches frequently is how to keep their kids motivated. This task has become even harder now that so many athletes are playing fastpitch virtually year around. At the younger ages of 8-12 athletes most often pla...
One of the challenges I hear from parents and coaches frequently is how to keep their kids motivated. This task has become even harder now that so many athletes are playing fastpitch virtually year around. At the younger ages of 8-12 athletes most often play because they like the sport and don't ...
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Top 10 Lessons You Don’t Want Your Athlete To Learn!
After finishing 11 tournaments in 12 weeks in various venues around the country in June and July one sad truth I saw that continues to plague the great sport of softball is bad behavior by both parents and coaches. 

This bad behavior is damaging to your at...
After finishing 11 tournaments in 12 weeks in various venues around the country in June and July one sad truth I saw that continues to plague the great sport of softball is bad behavior by both parents and coaches. This bad behavior is damaging to your athlete, her team, and the organization.
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Will Her 2016 Be Better Than 2015...Find Out Here
The New Year always offers opportunity for hope, a new beginning, a blank slate. We set one or several "resolutions" for change in one or many areas of our life. However, for most of us the new year will look a lot like the old year simply because we refuse...
The New Year always offers opportunity for hope, a new beginning, a blank slate. We set one or several "resolutions" for change in one or many areas of our life. However, for most of us the new year will look a lot like the old year simply because we refuse to make the adjustments necessary in ...
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How to Build a Confident Player and Team
Every coach wants to get the most out of his or her
players in an effort to give his or her team the best opportunity for success
on the field of play.  And every coach
knows that consistent performance is absolutely necessary for a player and team
to win, ...
Every coach wants to get the most out of his or her players in an effort to give his or her team the best opportunity for success on the field of play. And every coach knows that consistent performance is absolutely necessary for a player and team to win, particularly in the close games against ...
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The Comeback Mindset
The “comeback”…one of the great elements of sport, when momentum shifts and player or team overcome the odds and prevails in dramatic fashion. After all what’s more exciting than the walk off hit to win the game or the clutch hit, pitch or play that forever...
The “comeback”…one of the great elements of sport, when momentum shifts and player or team overcome the odds and prevails in dramatic fashion. After all what's more exciting than the walk off hit to win the game or the clutch hit, pitch or play that forever changes the course of the game!
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6 Ways Fragile Confidence is Nurtured or Crushed
I like to compare a younger athlete's sports confidence to that of holding a new born baby. Of course extra caution is necessary due to how fragile the infant child is.  How any parent or coach handles their athlete(s) is no different. In truth how you "hol...
I like to compare a younger athlete's sports confidence to that of holding a new born baby. Of course extra caution is necessary due to how fragile the infant child is. How any parent or coach handles their athlete(s) is no different. In truth how you "hold" your athlete's confidence matters, ...
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6 Very Cool Tips to Build Her Sports Confidence
GRUMPY PARENTS & COACHES? 6 Very Cool Tips to Build Her Sports Confidence! Parents and coaches can often make or break a younger athlete's self-confidence. All kids seek to please their parents and mentors and, thus, seek approval for their performance. Cri...
GRUMPY PARENTS & COACHES? 6 Very Cool Tips to Build Her Sports Confidence! Parents and coaches can often make or break a younger athlete's self-confidence. All kids seek to please their parents and mentors and, thus, seek approval for their performance. Criticism is the quickest way to damage ...
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Does She Believe She Will Be Successful?
After coaching girls softball for over a dozen years I have found the female athlete to be amazingly determined, wildly passionate, fiercely loyal yet emotionally fragile. This emotional fragility is heightened by parents and coaches who don't understand th...
After coaching girls softball for over a dozen years I have found the female athlete to be amazingly determined, wildly passionate, fiercely loyal yet emotionally fragile. This emotional fragility is heightened by parents and coaches who don't understand the uniqueness of the female athlete.
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As a sports parent, championship game coach, mental performance expert, former youth league Board member and former two sport collegiate athlete John Kelly brings a unique perspective and voice to the world of youth sports. John has been coaching youth sports since 1996, including soccer and baseball, and exclusively fastpitch softball since 2003 at the recreational, All Star, travel and high school levels. John has coached over 1,200 fastpitch softball games and his teams have consistently excelled at the State and National levels. John has coached from 6u recreational level to the 18 Gold travel level.

John is an ASA Ace Certified Coach, NFHS Certified Coach, PCA Double Goal Certified Coach, and a Certified Mental Skills Coach. John has been a teacher and practitioner of mental skills for over 20 years, and while coaching and studying elite athletes he has seen and proved the direct relationship between mental mastery and consistent, elite performance.

John is a published author on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and his mental performance articles can be found on Max Preps and various other regional and national sports web sites.

Personally, John competed at the Division I level in collegiate baseball and football. He currently is a game coach for The Next Level travel softball organization in San Diego coaching at the 18 Gold and 18u levels. John is also the official mental skills coach for TNL...2011 16u ASA National Champions and 2012 14u ASA Western National Champions. John resides in the Del Mar area of north San Diego with his teenaged daughter.
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