5. Have a Champion's Mindset



Great pitchers have the mindset of a champion. They are tough when they need to be, but also compassionate enough to let people know they care.


They’ll put their nose to the grindstone  to see a task through to it’s completion. They believe in themselves and they are willing to do what it takes to be successful.


A great pitcher has confidence in herself. She is willing to fail because she know failure isn’t fatal. She wants the ball in big games because she has faith in her ability. She shows the world her confidence in the way that she attack the zone.


A great pitcher is never satisfied. She is driven to keep improving. She wants to be better than she was last year, or even last month. She looks to her goals much more than she looks at her accomplishments.


A great pitcher is not easily discouraged. She knows there will be setbacks and she embraces the challenge. She doesn’t blame anyone, including herself. She gets right back in the saddle and competes.


A great pitcher surrounds herself with good people. She doesn’t hang out with people who are trying to distract her from her goals. She demonstrates the qualities that make others want to follow her.


A great pitcher is always looking for ways to improve themselves. Working to improve their physical performance is key but they are also working to improve their mental game, fitness and overall healthy lifestyle.


A great pitcher has fun! They are highly motivated, but realize that it’s a game. When they accept that the game is fun, then the pressure to perform will not overwhelm them.  When the game is fun, it’s much easier to keep your champion’s mindset.


About the Author: Cat Fritts (Hosfield) was four-year standout at the University of Tennessee, She went 49-22 with a 2.91 ERA in her career for the Vols, earning Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman Player of the Week honors in 2009, while also earning SEC Honor Roll accolades following the ’10, ’11 and ’12 seasons at UT. She was named the 2008 National High School Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) while at Murfreesboro High School. Book her here.


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