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6 Must Tips for Finding a Great Travel Team
Whether you are contemplating the jump from rec softball to
travel, or you are a seasoned travel family picking the right travel team can
be the difference between your athlete loving the game and maximizing her
skills (at the younger levels) to reaching he...
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The Confidence-Performance Connection: 6 Pivotal Strategies
I imagine since the days of the early Olympics in ancient Greece athletes, coaches, families and fans have contemplated the impact self-confidence has on athletic performance. More recently behavioral psychologists have proven a correlation between how game...
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10 "Must Do" Game Strategies to Insure Softball Success
Today I want to share some critically important game strategies your athlete and team must employ to play their best on game day. As we all know fastpitch softball is a difficult game. It is often a roller coaster ride of emotions yielding successes and fai...
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College Softball Scholarships...6 Crucial Tips to Stay Ahead of the Curve
So you are looking for your darling daughter ("DD") to get an athletic scholarship to play softball in college? Great. Who can blame you? With the cost of college continuing to spiral out of control why not leverage a game your DD loves and is pretty good a...
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The Relentless Pursuit of a Softball Dream
In
coaching for the first time at the 18u and 18 Gold level this fall I've had an
up close look at the "end game" in the travel softball world: players
verballing or signing with their dream college. I get to see the relief, joy,
and relaxation of the post ...
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The harshest and most devastating word for any young athlete to hear or feel is..."FAILURE!" Listen to this compelling audio lesson from "America's Sports Confidence Coach" John Michael Kelly.
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Softball Success: Here is Where You Will Find It
Years ago I heard a mentor of mine utter a single phrase about personal success that hit me like a ton of bricks. I was young, ambitious and looking for any edge I could get to accelerate my success in the competitive industry I was in at the time, and this...
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The Critical Importance of Feeling Good on the Field
A concept that I will be covering a lot in 2014, and is an integral part of my next book (to published in the spring), is that when an athlete feels good they play better. That may be a common sense statement but there is so much emotionally brewing below t...
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Introduction
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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