The time is near for what the player has done before...But this time it is different. Hlgh school baseball is all these players have been talking and hearing about the past couple of years.
Preparation is the first word that comes to mind when you are talking about an upcoming season. The player is either ready or is not, and the results always display themselves. With that being said, many players have been working and playing hard. Those are the players that will find themselves in situations of opportunity. Impact players are the players who grind. They are the hungry type of player that has been waiting for this time. Is the player in shape? Responsibility to one's personal workout regimen should be something every player should be doing. Are they working on their flaws? There are many more questions that a freshman baseball player will have to answer to his coach and himself. Trusting in the process is for real and really all a player can control. The process, is the grind!
A freshman that wants to move up quickly in the program has to produce. The competitiveness in the player will help during the rigors of the season. But it's the stats that never lie, just ask Scott Boras. Freshmen should know they are always being evaluated. How a player wants to be rewarded is only how much they are willing to sacrifice. No pain no gain. Playing up to and beyond a player's capability is their daily task. A freshman has to learn what winning is all about. They have to realize it is more than just a game. To appreciate the position they are in and to give everything they have to the game instead of expecting something in return, good things will happen.
What it comes down to in thee end is maturity. They are at the age where accountability is tantamount to current and future success. Standards and expectations should be set high along with patience and support. Freshmen need to know it shouldn't take a Knute Rockne speech to get them motivated. These players need to be inspired by what they want to achieve in this grand game of baseball. Playing high school baseball is a privilege and should be treated in that regard. It's OK if a freshman is learning because that's part of growing up. They are better off to realize the higher the level they go in baseball, the more it becomes like a job. A job many players dream of having...