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PODCAST: Cliff Godwin-The Pirate’s Mission

Cliff Godwin is the head baseball coach at East Carolina University and one of the top young coaches in all of NCAA athletics. Godwin worked as an assistant under two national championship winning coaches in Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt and under Paul Manari at LSU. He also was instrumental as an assistant coach in leading… Read More

Using concentration grids to help develop focus and awareness

Concentration grids have been a staple of mental conditioning for years. This game/exercise is all about concentration and efficiency, which is best accomplished by staying in the present moment.  Concentration grids are a great way to increase your ability to stay in the present moment for an extended period of time. Your training program with… Read More

Quality At-Bats Defined

I often get asked how to define a quality at-bat…   Cliff Godwin, former assistant coach at Ole Miss and current head coach at East Carolina University gave me the best definition I have ever heard. He said, “A Quality At-Bat is an at-bat that makes a positive contribution towards our team goals.” There are numerous ways… Read More

Erik Bakich remakes Michigan baseball with mental training

I first met Erik Bakich in January of 2007 when he was an assistant baseball coach at Vanderbilt University.  He has since been the head coach at The University of Maryland (2010-2012) and took over as the head baseball coach at The University of Michigan in 2013.  At the time, Bakich was the youngest head… Read More

Team Building: Human Pretzel

A couple of other activities that are very simple for any coach to run.  The human pretzel.  Everybody gets in a circle.  They reach in, grab right hands with someone else’s right hand, grab left hands of someone else’s left hand, but not the person next to you.  They then, under time have got to… Read More

The History of the National Anthem at Sporting Games

We play the National Anthem at almost every sporting event in the United States. I realized I didn’t really know much about the history of the National Anthem, so I did some research.  After all, winners know WHY they do what they do, and can describe what they do as a process so that their… Read More

College baseball national championship winning coach, George Horton shares success secrets from mental performance

This article is a feature interview with Cal State Fullerton Baseball Coach George Horton.  Horton led the Titans to the 2004 NCAA National Championship and was named the 2003 and 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of The Year. Could you describe your working relationship with sport psychologist Ken Ravizza? Ken and I have… Read More

A Riddle For You

A Mental Game riddle for you. Try to figure out the answer. Who am I? I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I push you onward, or drag you down to failure I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might as well be turned over… Read More

The Top 10 Things World Champions Know That You Don’t

1. Acting Changes Everything (ACE)The ACE card that they have up their sleeve is a key weapon in the world champion’s toolbox. What does ACE stand for? ACE stands for Acting Changes Everything. Those athletes understand that they’re not athletes, they’re actors. See number two. 2. Force Yourself To Act Different Than How You FeelIt… Read More

With Some Help From Peak Performance Coach Brian Cain, Oregon State Baseball Vaults To Top of College Baseball Polls

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:27 PMBy: Lindsay Schnell, The OregonianOSU Photo By: Ethan Erickson CORVALLIS, OR – Brian Cain drew a line at the front of the dugout, and gave instructions to the Oregon State baseball team. The rules were easy, said Cain, a peak performance coach hired this season by the Beavers. If… Read More