Our 14u boys will be searching for team identity for the next several weeks. But, after coaching 14 year olds a lot over the years, I am pretty sure that the success of this team will be determined by:
1. Their ability to generate and sustain a high level of energy during competition and practices.
2. Their ability to stay focused and stay “present” during competition. Staying “present” means focusing on what is happening right now, on this pitch. Not on the last pitch, or last AB or last inning. Or the game beside them, or the plane in the sky.
Two big challenges for 14 year olds.