Pregame Routines to Get Psyched Up
Most baseball players have a practice routine to improve your skills and build confidence.
Most top athletes have specific routines they follow each day in practice to help them improve.
Baseball players can also follow a specific routine before a game. They may eat the same pregame meal, arrive an hour before the game and go through the exact same warm-up for each game. Some players might prefer to skip the pregame warm-up and just go out and compete.
A baseball routine helps you warm up your body physically, but also helps you prepare mentally for the upcoming game. A routine can help you focus on the right things, build confidence and maintain the right level of intensity.
Former MLB player, Kevin Appier uses a consistent routine to get into the right mindset before the game.
“Just preparing the same exact way. I mean, you don’t have to worry about, like, building adrenaline or anything because it’s obviously going to be there. As far as concentrating on not getting too pumped up, that type of thing, the first time I was in the playoffs, I really had to concentrate on that, on settling myself down. This time around, I haven’t had that issue. I’ve been at real good levels like that.”
“But anyway, my preparation stays exactly the same. I stay with the same routine. I won’t go into the whole thing, but it’s identical to what I do during the season. That’s one of the things, like we’ve been saying, it’s, ‘Same old game.’ Games mean more, but you’re doing everything you could during the regular season, so you shouldn’t change now.”
A consistent routine is important, but it is best not to judge your pregame warm-up.
A warm-up routine is simply to prepare your mind and body to compete. You don’t need to win warm-ups. Players who focus too much on performing perfectly in their warm-up might tend to doubt their ability, try to fix their mistakes and start to panic before the game.
As you go through your physical warm-up, you’ll also want to prepare your mind.
You’ll want to develop a routine that helps you stay focused, confident and in a trusting mindset before competition.
You must park other life distractions, rehearse your performance and review your game plan before the game.
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