Enea’s Corner: Practice player vs. Game player

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Practice Player vs. Game Player Have you ever been labeled as a “practice player” or a “game player”? The difference between the two are simple. A “practice player” is someone who does extremely well in practice but can not carry it over to the game, where as a “game player” is someone who performs mediocre in practice but excels in a game. Why does this happen? Easy to answer, hard to fix! Players who shine during practice but not in games usually have the problem of self image and confidence. Practice is a very comfortable atmosphere where there are more knowns than unknowns. That … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: Dealing with Injuries

Most top athletes have had to deal with injuries at some point in their career. Whether it is a flaring twinge that requires daily maintenance, a few months off, or a season ending injury, what often separates elite athletes from average athletes is the way they deal with these unfortunate set backs. If you’re a serious athlete and have ever had an experience with an injury, then you know that the physical hurt you feel is only one very small part of the overall pain that you have to go through in the rehab process. The psychological pain caused by your injury and the temporary loss of your … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: Dreams

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Have you ever had someone tell you that you are not good enough? Or that you just don’t have what it takes? As an athlete we have all been in this situation before, some more than others. There always seems to be negativity coming from a coach, a parent, a teammate, or siblings. I am here to tell you how to push these “dream stoppers” out of your life so you can continue on your road to success! How you think is everything:  Think positively in every situation or opportunity. Visualize success and not failure and avoid negative environments and people. The best response to a negative person … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: What College Coaches Look For

The biggest question young baseball and softball players always ask me is, “What are college coaches looking for while recruiting?” There never is just one answer for this question. Each college coach looks to improve their program each year, constantly looking to fix their weaknesses. It depends on what that specific program needs that year; contact hitter, shortstop, pitching, power hitter, or just in general an athlete to mold. Below I have listed key qualities that every college coach loves to see! Work ethic: Coaches want players that will dedicate all of their time and efforts to the … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: Juggling School and Sports

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Being a student-athlete comes with an abundance of perks: exercise, competitiveness, keeping you out of trouble, and friendship. The list goes on and on, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Responsibility that most teenagers tend to put aside and only confront when necessary. These days, academics is taking a back seat to athletics, which teenagers rationalize as they have to be working the hardest at their sport to be the best. I know those days when you believe you had the worst practice or the worst game and the only thing that will counteract your performance is none other … [Read more...]