When coaching baseball, protect your credibility. When doing drills like this, Ground balls, never ever say, “it doesn’t hurt,” or “don’t be afraid”. Number one, it does hurt and they will know you are either a liar, or naïve. And number two, you have to be brain dead not to have some fear. Fear of pain, fear of failure, especially when hitting, is all-necessary to bravery. If there’s nothing to fear there’s no to be brave. Young players, especially, need to know that fear is a normal thing that needs to be dealt with.

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