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e-mail. His entries are bolded. Bryce is a highly skilled athlete and plays baseball very well. He has been an All-American every year since he started at MTSU. According some scouts, he very well could go as the number one draft pick in next year¶s MLB draft. He is a fantastic hitter as his statistics showed last year. He led the country in more than one offensive category. I¶ve personally heard from professionals who had once played in the MLB said that he is the real deal. Bottom line: The question is not if Bryce is going to the MLB, it is when he is going to be at practice for a major league team and how much are they going to pay him to play.
1. From what you have already achieved and earned as a collegiate baseball player, where has your talent come from? I believe it is god-given. 2. Is your talent simply God-given or have you earned your talent and developed your skills in a way that your competition has not? Its god-given. But I have developed that god given gift by training and playing baseball for many years. 2b. When you first starting playing baseball, what kept you motivated enough to continue to practice your skills at an early age? I¶ve got a twin brother who has always kept me competitive. We would always see who could hit and throw the ball farther. That was with any sport, football, baseball and it is still like that today. I would say he was a prime motivator in my youth to make me want to hit the long ball. 2c. Can you remember any particular games you played simply for fun when you were young and developing your skills? There was butts-up and popcorn. 2d. If so, could you describe what was the purpose of the game and how long would you play them? Butts-up was simple. You¶ve got people, a tennis ball, and a wall. What you would do is you would throw the ball at the wall and try to make it bounce off of the wall and hit people. So, that if it does hit other people. They would have to run to touch the wall before you could throw the ball at the wall. If they made it to the wall before the ball hit, then they are safe. If not, and the ball made it to the wall before they did, then they
must stand up with their palms on the wall and take a ball to the backside or however the thrower sees fit. It¶s a simple game that taught quickness and agility, it was fun and taught you to either throw the ball or don¶t play at all. Popcorn was less violent to an extent, it was more about learning how to catch pop fly balls but in a more mob type of situation. What you have is one person with a ball is throwing it to a crowd of other kids who want to be able to throw and be in the position that the thrower is in. When you are in the crowd who is trying to catch the ball it is like being in a dog pit or in a cock fight. Before you throw the ball, you tell the crowd a number that they have to reach before they can throw. When you are throwing the ball, you call out a number, any number. So, as the ball is coming down you see the crowd going after it and whoever catches the ball gets the points and will soon be up when they get the desired points needed. I had a ball playing it. 3. If you have earned the talent somehow, what have you done to develop your skills and increase your talent? By concentrating on baseball related drills and also in the weight room. 3b. Could you elaborate on what kind of specific drills that you do and what is the purpose of doing each of those drills? Plyometrics, hitting drills, swing pattern adjustments. 3c. Is there a particular weight training regiment that you follow to keep your body up to performance standards? Whatever the coaches tell me to do. 3d. If so, is the regiment given to you by your coaches or do you just lift weights on your own with coaches? The coaches have got that all figured out. 4. According to Ericsson, there is something called the ³10 year or 10,000 hour´ mark1. This ³10 or 10,000´ mark is supposed to represent a measure of when an athlete has achieved an ³expert´ status by accounting for the amount of time spent in deliberate practice towards their sport. Have you been playing baseball for over 10 years and/or have practiced your skills for more than 10,000 hours in your lifetime? I have played baseball since I could walk. However I did play multiple sports all the way through high school. I¶ve only been playing baseball entirely for about 4 years now. I do not believe anyone is an expert in sports because you always learn or see
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something different every day. If someone is an expert then they should retire and write a book. Deliberate practice is where you accept a challenge that is harder than the one you did before and where you engage in particular activities to improve your current performance on the field. So, by accepting challenges and being fully focused on certain activities is what makes up deliberate practice.2 Would you agree with this definition? I agree with that. 5. According to the author of the same book, He says that ³deliberate practice´ can be so intense for an athlete it is only possible for them to engage in it for no more than 4 hours at one time in one day.3 I agree. Our practices usually last about 4 hours. 5a.Would you believe this statement to be true? Yes 5b. If so, How long do you spend on working on your skills? Alone 2 hours. Team practice is usually 4 hours 5c.What kind of skills do you practice in that allotted amount of time? Hitting is where I concentrate when I¶m on my own because I need to swing a lot to keep my rhythm. 6. In between pitches when you are on the field, is there anything specifically that you are thinking about while there is that rest period? I think about how did I get out? What was the pitch? How are they trying to pitch me? And what adjustments can I make? How did my swing and timing feel? Was I late or early? Was my balance good? Would they pitch me the same if someone was on base? 6b.During the play, is there anything specifically that you are thinking about while the play is happening? No, I think about where I need to get the ball to if it is hit to me prior to the pitch being thrown.
Starkes, Janet, & Ericsson, Karl. (2003). Expert performance in sports. Human Kinetics Publishers. Starkes, Janet, & Ericsson, Karl. (2003). Expert performance in sports. Human Kinetics Publishers.
6c. I read in SI once about a professional baseball player who would purposefully strike out early in the game in order to get a feel for the pitcher¶s deliveries, so that when it came time later in the game where the hits were needed, the player had the pitcher¶s number and could hit the pitches. I said all of that to say this, Is this type of situation something that you have experienced before? Yes. 6d. If so, could you think of when and where it happened? Last year in our conference championship, I experienced something like that. 6e. As of right now, it is safe to say you are one of the best, if not the best hitter in college baseball, Is it ever difficult for you to step up to the plate when you might be in a slump or coming back from an injury? Never. 7. What are your thoughts when you see that 95 mile per hour fastball coming at you? Get my foot down early and let it rip! 8. Is there a specific mental strategy you have that allows you to hit the ball so well? I think it¶s a compliment to the hours I¶ve spent training and hitting on my own. 9. Or do you just do it and don¶t think about it? Yogi Berra made this statement ³You can¶t think and hit.´ I agree. You just have to let your natural ability take over and react to what you see. 10. What motivates you today to continue to succeed and to develop into a better baseball player? Just trying to be the best I can be. God gave me the talent to do it, I just want to do my best. 11. Does music, movies, or video games have anything to with enhancing your capabilities on the diamond? I like rock music when I walk out onto the mound or in the batter¶s box, it puts me in the zone. 11b. In class, we have discussed that many athletes do watch events in their sport as well as other sports in their down time. Do you have another sport besides baseball that you like to watch?
History channel is a favorite of mine and yes watching other baseball games, as well. I like video games, too. Anything from Tiger Woods to MLB 2010, its all fun.