Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – More Mental Game Meat and Potatoes

Tune in to learn how Scott Berry*, 32 year Head Baseball Coach at Mayville State University integrates and teaches mental game skills in his program. Scott runs one of the most outstanding NAIA programs in the nation. He believes in life-long self-learning and the wise use of external resources. Scott is among the most heralded and respected college baseball coaches because of his unwavering commitment to developing the whole person: A) leadership (Ethics, Character, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Service on and off the baseball field), B) the nuts and bolts, meat and potatoes of mental game skills, and C) physical and technical skills. Scott will discuss 1) his philosophy of ‘the baseball field is my classroom”, 2) the teaching and acceptance of the mental game today vs. years past, and 3) 4-6 specific examples and stories of mental game teaching from Jim Meier’s workbook, Championship Thinking: Building Mental Muscle in Baseball. *Scott, the tenth-winningest coach in NAIA history, is a member of four Halls of Fame. His teams have won 21 conference championships (17 consecutive), 18 conference playoff championships, and 22 appearances in the national playoffs (20 of the last 22 years). He earned NAIA District 12 or Region III Coach of the Year honors on 11 different occasions and conference coach of the year 19 times, including both the 2005 NAIA Region III and DAC-10 Coach of the Year award.