Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – The Games Approach to Baseball Practices

Back on the show is Tom O’Connell for part II of making practices like “game day”. Tom, first on the show August 21, 2007, a master clinician, is recognized internationally for his ability to make practices meaningful, enthusiastic and a positive, practical learning experience. Topics will include: 1. Shortcomings of the traditional approach to practices 2. Three elements of the games approach: shaping, focusing and enhancing 3. Teaching problem solving & decision making 4. How the coach can play 5. The Tactical Triangle 6. Sample drills: Outfield minus One, Bingo-Bango-Bongo, Long Tee Tom’s work strongly reinforces the core of my sports psychology belief, “As a player thinks, so he plays.” , Tom’s baseball background includes 40 year as a successful baseball coach, author of three baseball instruction books and frequent clinic & conference presenter. He has received numerous honors at the sate and national level. Tom coach at Catholic Central HS in Burlington, WS, scouts for the Orioles and serve as envoy coach for MLB in Europe.