Coaching Baseball Infielders
When coaching baseball you can protect your credibility, when doing drills like ground balls, by never ever saying, “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 a necessity to bravery. If there’s nothing to fear there’s no need to be brave. Young players, especially, need to know that fear is a normal thing that needs to be dealt with.