Strong Mind Sports with Clint McGill
Episode 29 - The way MLB players conquer their nerves and doubts with Lauren Johnson

Episode 29 - The way MLB players conquer their nerves and doubts with Lauren Johnson

April 22, 2021

Mental Performance Coach and former Yankees Mental Conditioning Coordinator Lauren Johnson joins us to share some FANTASTIC - and I mean fantastic - advice for young players on what to do when they are very upset at themselves at the plate and how to CHOOSE the actions they want to have regardless of how they feel. 

 

The entire episode is great but BE SURE to listen till the end, Lauren has about a 3 minute answer to conclude the episode which is as good as you are going to hear anywhere on the topic of self confidence and what REAL champion behavior is.

 

And be sure to check out more at baseballnotes.com.  Our Bulletproof Hitter confidence training program has helped 10's of thousand of baseball and softball players to be more confident and perform better on game day, and we've added some great hitting and pitching resources too that are from the best in the business.  Find it all at http://baseballnotes.com.

Follow Lauren on all the socials @laurennicolejohnson and her site http://laurenjohnsonco.com

 

Good vibes sent your way, enjoy!

Episode 28 - The 5 Movement Patters Your Athlete MUST Master w/ Zach Dechant of TCU Baseball

Episode 28 - The 5 Movement Patters Your Athlete MUST Master w/ Zach Dechant of TCU Baseball

September 17, 2020

In this episode we have the great Zach Dechant joining us from TCU Baseball.  Zach is the head strength and conditioning coordinator for the baseball team (also works with QB's) and today he shares GOLD on what our young athletes are missing out on in today's training.

Zach shares some secrets from his book, Movement Over Maxes, like the top 5 Movement patterns an athlete must master (and rarely does) before they start lifting weights at 14/15+ years old - why how-to-jump-properly is NEVER taught and is such a valuable tool and what is the #1 biggest predictor of youth UCL (elbow) injury (you'll want to hear this!)

Find more info from Zach at https://www.zachdechant.com/, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @zachdechant (pronounced "Day-kint")

Enjoy, and be sure to check out our free video on The 3 Most Common Swing Flaws That Youth Hitters Must Avoid (with MLB hitting coach Mike Brumley!)

#27 - A better model for youth baseball?  With Jon Solomon of the Aspen Institute

#27 - A better model for youth baseball? With Jon Solomon of the Aspen Institute

July 30, 2020

Ever wonder if there's a better way to do this whole youth sports experience?  During this pandemic I think there's an opportunity for all of to question if what we are currently doing is because it's the BEST way...

 

...or it's just because we've always done it this way.

 

And on this episode, Jon Solomon from The Aspen Institute and Project Play joins us to share the decades of expertise in studying youth sports here in the US as well as countries across the globe, to show us areas we can improve and what other countries are doing that we could adopt.

 

In a world that seems to have been flipped on it's head we should not miss this opportunity to improve youth sports, so let me know what you think of the episode and go SUBSCRIBE at https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/, their info is top notch!

 

Go get em today!!

 

Clint

Episode 26 - My best baseball memories (from the Keep Baseball Great podcast!)

Episode 26 - My best baseball memories (from the Keep Baseball Great podcast!)

April 2, 2020

What are my favorite memories from baseball?  What are my favorite historical moments?  What are life lessons that I've learned ?  In today's podcast episode I share an interview from the Keep Baseball Great podcast (check it out!) with Drew Rodgers.  

Here I reveal the one person this game connects me to the most, the major leaguer who put me in a headlock for wearing the wrong colors and a lot more.  This game provides so many opportunities for life moments and it's fun to revisit those when we have this break in the action.  Be sure to check out Keep Baseball Great podcast on iTunes....a lot of cool content coming from Drew!

Episode 25 - Playing Poorly Well

Episode 25 - Playing Poorly Well

March 20, 2020

Solo episode here with Coach Clint.  In uncertain times, thoughts tend to go toward worst case "what if" scenarios.  Just like when a hitter hasn't gotten a hit in a while, they wallow through the down period as if they'll never get a hit again.

And with season's hitting the pause button and a lot of people feeling the financial pinch, I thought running through the first lesson in the Bulletproof Hitter - Playing Poorly Well - would be the best use of our time.

Some hitters have to bat near 1.000 to be happy.  And the key to big league success is being able to be even keeled and even joyful while going through a bad stretch.  And there are ways to do this.  Listen to this brief episode, take a breath and focus on your task at hand.  Whatever you may be going through, it's possible to go through it with more peace - it's available to you, just let it in.

Good vibes your way.

Episode 24 - Achieving your goals with GRATITUDE - with Ricky Mendez

Episode 24 - Achieving your goals with GRATITUDE - with Ricky Mendez

March 10, 2020

Ricky Mendez (former pro player, speaker & implementation coach) is here with us today to share GOLD on how any player can acquire the Winner's Mindset, how a simple and daily exercise in gratitude completely transformed his life, why failures are absolutely CRUCIAL early in a journey and the so-simple-it's-genius way to start any new habit.

Give Ricky a follow on all of the socials @rickymendezspeaks, and be on the lookout for a new and VERY EXCITING addition to Baseball Notes and the Bulletproof Hitter.  Prepare to play your best season yet.....I'll have more info on it soon :)

Go get em today!

Episode 23 - 5 Simple Tips to Crush Any Fastball

Episode 23 - 5 Simple Tips to Crush Any Fastball

March 5, 2020

Until a young player learns to hit a fastball, they really don't need to work on anything else!  And timing up a good fastball has very little to do with physical skill....there are steps any player can use to barrel up the heat!

These little known tips literally changed my career (especially tip number 5) and very well may do the same for you.

If you have any questions be sure to reach out on Instagram, Facebook or email, and if you enjoyed the episode leave me a quick review on iTunes, that always helps out!

Go get em today guys!

 

[For more simple and proven hitting methods, check out the Mike Brumley Unchained Method.  Mike's the real deal people, don't miss this!]

Episode 22 - Building an elite athlete to increase velocity with Brent Porciau of Top Velocity

Episode 22 - Building an elite athlete to increase velocity with Brent Porciau of Top Velocity

February 28, 2020

Great episode right here!  Brent is a pioneer in the kinesiology based throwing movements and has worked to dispel the old common convention: pitchers shouldn't lift, they just need to run, etc.  In this episode we talk about how conventional methods at the time failed him, his road back from a "career ending injury" to throwing harder than ever, what scap loading is and if it's actually important, how the top half doesn't matter if the bottom half doesn't move correctly, some of his favorite training products and much more.

And be on the lookout for an exciting new project I'm working on.  For those who enjoyed the Bulletproof Hitter and Parent you're gonna want to hear more about this....so be on the lookout the next few weeks :)   And thanks to everyone who has left a review on iTunes, that is always appreciated!!

GOOD VIBES YOUR WAY TODAY!

Episode 21 - 5 Tips (that work) for players afraid of getting hit by the pitch

Episode 21 - 5 Tips (that work) for players afraid of getting hit by the pitch

February 20, 2020

If there's one problem that can absolutely lock a player up, its a fear of the ball.  The odds of getting hit are probably around 5%, but that fearful story being played in the mind will sabotage the other 95% when they were safe all along.

The fear overcome's many players, to the point where them stepping out can feel involuntary.  And we've all tried throwing tennis balls but for me, that has never worked (throwing tennis balls at kids IS fun though!).  But there are REAL answers for someone dealing with a real fear, which is what we're dealing with here.  

While there is no "Instant Magic Bullet", I truly believe these methods are the closest thing to a true answer as there is.  

So give this a quick listen, and if you are looking for the best hitting program available for youth players (put together by a 35 year MLB vet and current hitting coach), then check out this link here

Good vibes and praying for Courage for your player!

Episode 20 - You can’t think and see at the same time - Vision Training with Ryan Harrison

Episode 20 - You can’t think and see at the same time - Vision Training with Ryan Harrison

February 13, 2020

A common question you've surely heard before: What percent of sports is physical?  What percent is mental?  

But here's a new question for you: What percent of your sport is visual?

100% !

And yet, how much time do you spend working on improving your vision?  If you're like 99.99% of all athletes - the answer is zero.  But there is exciting news: YOUR VISION CAN BE IMPROVED.

In today's episode Ryan Harrison from Slow The Game Down is on to share the key ingredients on how to improve vision, where a hitter should be looking as the pitcher begins their delivery, the two types of focus that players tend to use poorly, and my favorite...

How you cannot see and think at the same time.  This episode was recorded with visuals during the Youth Baseball Summit, and Ryan does a demonstration with me at the end that will blow your mind.  To see the demonstration in action go to www.facebook.com/baseballnotes

and check out the video (posted 2/13/2020 if you need to search it).

And check out Slow The Game Down on all the socials to see the cool exercises they do with their athletes and tell Ryan that Baseball Notes sent you!  Go get em today!!

Clint

 

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