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Sports Psychology My name is Matthew I am currently playing baseball for a Junior College and previously played at South San Francisco High School While playing the game of baseball during high school I realized how hard it was for me to succeed in the game It was there that I learned that no matter how much you practice or train the most important aspect to build on is to how to play the game mentally I came to realize this during my sophomore year in high school During this time my peers and coaches shared with me that although I had the physical skills to play the game I lacked the mental attitude of the game that would make me a more productive and complete player To assist me with the mental aspect of the game my coach recommended the book The Mental Game of Baseball written by well-known sports psychologist HA Dorfman After reading and applying the principle of that book I became a whole new baseball player During my sophomore year in high school I was the teams starting 1st baseman I worked hard in practice showed tremendously good potential when practicing but I could never manage to put all my skills together on the baseball field Evidence of this was when after playing ten games I had already made 8 errors and owned a very low batting average of 100 I know now that because I was too eager to impress everyone I was unable to perform to my capability As a first baseman I felt tremendous pressure to make all the plays because I account for 70 percent of the outs If I made one error it could set back our team As a hitter I put to much emphasis of trying to get a hit so I would still be kept in a lineup I knew I needed help on the mental aspect of the game As
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