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In this book, authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level of the game.The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering the inner game in order to play baseball as it should be played. Intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators as well as fans who want a more in-depth look at the makeup of the complete baseball player.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
H.A. Dorfman was a noted sports psychologist as well as a sports psychology counselor with the Scott Boras Agency. Recognized as a leading sports psychologist across the world, Dorfman was also a columnist and freelance journalist with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald. He has authored three other books: Coaching the Mental Game, The Mental ABC's of Pitching, and The Mental Keys to Hitting.
Karl Kuehl was a baseball scout, farm system official, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. Throughout his career, he worked with teams such as the Montreal Expos, the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics. He was the co-author of two books: The Mental Game of Baseball and A Champion's State of Mind.
Table of Contents
Foreword Rick Wolff ix
1 Where Does it Start? 1
2 Establishing Proper Goals 5
3 Expectations 21
4 Dedication 42
5 Responsibility 60
6 Attitudes 74
7 Confidence 89
8 Learning 105
9 Preparation 120
10 Visualization 138
11 Concentration 151
12 Mental Discipline 178
13 Relaxation 248
14 The Winning Way 261
15 Hitting 277
16 Pitching 290
17 Fielding 312
18 Baserunning 321
Appendix: Task-Specific Goals 331
Player Self-Evaluation Forms 338
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book years ago when I still played ball but now I'm re-reading it to see how I can improve in my practice studio as a musician and in life in general. Judging by the number of passages I highlighted, its applicability to this endeavor cannot be overstated. If you want to improve in your craft, whatever it may be, this book is definitely worth your time.