The 3 C’s are rarely taught but athletes seem to learn on their own how to be “Confident” how to stay “Composed”, and how to “Concentrate”. To me, the 3 C’s are the “nuts and bolts” that an athlete needs to be able to perform at their best, and at the heart of life lasting values.
When teaching an athlete a specific skill we must also teach them the mental game. I learned the mental game late in my career, and I don’t want my students to learn as late as I did.
Being mentally tough is just as important, if not more, as learning the proper skills of the game. Teaching the proper technique of the swing, the proper fielding and proper way to throw a ball are all the basis of the game, but learning the mental game is essential to being successful.
Mental toughness is not a skill that we are born with. It is a skill that we develop through hard work and dedication.