When coaching in Little League, there’s no such thing as a routine play.
A slow, rolling ground ball to the shortstop or a seemingly harmless pop fly to an outfielder doesn’t automatically mean an out for the batter. In fact, it could be the start of a three-error home run — it’s happened before.
That’s why when it comes to properly preparing his players for game situations — longtime Madera American Little League manager of Lee’s Concrete, Guni Grewal, believes that a simple yet effective tactic can do the trick and feels it’s an obligation of his to pass it on to the young baseball players who he inherits for nearly six months out of the year.
“It’s not anything that can’t be taught, they just have to have discipline and be focused,” Grewal said. “A majority of the game is mental. They have to know what they are going to do so there won’t be any surprises to them. That’s all through repetition and getting them comfortable. We do the same things over and over that we did from day one. It’s about preparing your mind and putting those situations in your brain ahead of time that way when it happens, you’ll know exactly what to do.” ...