Development

What Albert Einstein taught me about baseball player development

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Every athlete claims that he wants to get better. However, I’ve seen a pattern in players both as a teammate, and as a coach. Players are unwilling to make changes to do it! They think that by going to the field everyday and doing everything they’ve always done, they will eventually yield different/better results. Often times, it doesn’t happen. And when you think about it, it makes sense. As the famous Albert Einstein says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.”

If you want to change who YOU ARE as a player, you have to be willing to change everything YOU DO as a player. So many players are content with their relative success at a particular level, that they refuse to change anything that might mess with their success. But if you truly want to get better. If you truly want to play at the next level. You have to be willing to change things. If you don’t change anything, you’re the same exact player you’ve always been.

But what about the risks? Aren’t there risks involved in making changes?

Yes! There absolutely are risks!

That’s why it’s so important to understand your long-term goal! What do you ultimately want out of the game of baseball? Do you want to just have fun playing in high school with your buddies? Do you want baseball to help pay for college? Do you want to play professionally? What is it that you really want from playing the game?

If you want to just have fun in high school, that’s great! You probably don’t need to change much. Make small adjustments here and there to help you have the success you’ve been having in high school. That’s totally fine, and there are LOTS of players with that mentality!

But if you want more than that… if baseball is something more to you…if you eat, sleep, and breathe baseball and can’t imagine doing anything else with your life…

YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS!

Risks involve willingness to make a change. Risks involve experimentation of mind and body. Risks involve an ALL OR NOTHING mentality.

“I am willing to sacrifice who I am now, for who I will be in the future.”

Some may have to make more changes than others. That all depends on WHERE you are as a player, and WHO you ultimately want to be as a player. That’s the first level of understanding that needs to take place. Once you know where you are, and where you want to go, you can begin making changes to bridge that gap.

Are you training, practicing, and playing in a way that aligns with your goal? Are you building your mind, body, and skills in a way that will give you an opportunity to reach it?

Most of you reading this article are NOT as talented as you think you are. You can’t afford to go out everyday and play yourself mindlessly into the Big Leagues. You need to a have a plan. You need to develop yourself with a plan. You need to be willing to make changes to that plan when it doesn’t get you to where you want to be.

The honest truth, it still might not be enough! There are millions of kids out there with the same dream you have. They range in talent, athleticism, skill level, work ethic, and coaching.

It’s not easy to become the best of the best. There are about 750 players on a big league roster. So somewhere along the line, millions of players turn into a few hundred. You do the math.

So when you say you don’t want to change anything in your training, approach, or swing because you’re having success with it in high school, understand that it’s RELATIVE success. Success is always relative to your ultimate goal.

If you want to be a Big Leaguer, all of your successes preceding this achievement are relative!

So if you don’t make changes because you’re having relative success, you’re eventually going to get weeded out. Because like I said earlier, if you don’t make ANY changes to anything you do, you’re the SAME player you’ve always been.

Now I’m not saying to make every single change your coach suggests. Coaches can often bog down their players with so many changes that the player doesn’t even understand why the change is being made. Changes to your training, approach, swing, and anything else, require a well thought out plan. They require a reason for change.

You shouldn’t just change something for the sake of changing it! Do thorough research before you make a dramatic change. Have a clear understanding of why this change is being made, and what you hope to accomplish by making it. If after a certain period of time it doesn’t lead you in the direction you want to go, try something new!

Player’s should experiment with different swing characteristics, training methods, and game approaches. But have a clear understanding of what each change is trying to accomplish.

Regardless of who you are as a player, you will continue to be that player until you make a conscious decision to change it.

So the real question is:

Are you happy with your relative success? Or are you willing to make changes to possibly achieve the ultimate success?

The choice is yours.

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About Brian Hamm

My name is Brian Hamm and I am all about "Baseball Development". Through my journey as a high school and college player, I always felt that a competitive advantage eluded me. I constantly researched and discovered new resources, ideas, and theories that have shaped how I coach today. It’s my goal to work relentlessly in order to give my players, clients, and coaches the biggest competitive advantage that will allow them to reach their full potential. My mission is to spread my knowledge to baseball players around the world and help change the developmental process forever.

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