5 Adjustments that Changed the Course of my Career:
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
2M ago
1. Pitching inside. In my 7th season, I had a pitching coach (Bob McClure) who spent a lot of time with us (his pitching staff) talking about how to use the inside part of the plate. How it affected hitters. How it opened up the outer half. How it made your other stuff better. Only a few were able to grasp the concept and execute it but for those of us that did, it was a game changer. I’m convinced it’s what gave me another 7 years, a shot at the big leagues and a contract overseas. 2. Accountability. I stopped making excuses. Stopped blaming my teammates. Stopped giving attention to the umpir ..read more
Visit website
From Athlete to Parenthood:
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
4M ago
Once upon a time my life revolved around a baseball for a few months, then a football for a few months and then a basketball for a few. Then there was a local public swimming pool for the remaining few. Mix in some yard work, riding bikes, finding some pond to fish in or creek to catch some crawdads to take up the rest of the time. The outside was our distraction. I’m almost 46 and just like others around my age, this was the story of our youth. I loved playing sports (still do) and my father was my biggest supporter. Whatever the sport was, he was my teacher (did it the best he could). My fon ..read more
Visit website
Mechanics vs Approach
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
6M ago
Strong competitors are solid with both but what’s the balance? Is one more important than the other? When do you work on mechanics? When do we talk and teach approach? In my opinion and experience both should be a constant focus but we see it time and time again, athletes who are great with their body movements but struggle with competition. Even though they may be hearing and learning about the head game, in the heat of the moment emotions push approach out the window leading to trying to compete via anger, embarrassment, fear and over aggression. For many involved in the game, athletes and a ..read more
Visit website
Play Free!
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
6M ago
We need to be so confident in our abilities that when we do make a mistake, have a tough day, fall into a little slump, we trust that it’s temporary. We know without a doubt we will work through it and come out better because of that adversity. Playing free is not caring who is watching because you know you’re giving your best but that doesn’t always mean you’re going to be the best. Your level of focus, purpose and intent will allow you to keep getting better. Playing free means you don’t panic or lose yourself when things become uncomfortable and don’t go your way. You stay the course and k ..read more
Visit website
It’s Just Smoke
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
9M ago
Sure, it’s said with good intentions. Makes you feel good about yourself. Makes others think good things about you. Happens all the time. But then things get real! Those actions…They will catch up to you. Words are great and all but it will always come down to actions and effort. What you DO will ALWAYS carry more weight than what you SAY. So you might want to ease up on the Smoke, stop saying things and making promises you can’t keep, or to be honest, don’t know how to keep. This is life. Everyone is a salesman to some extent. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a coach or even have “Salesman ..read more
Visit website
10 Tips for Parents of Athletes:
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
10M ago
1. Control your emotions. Be a consistent example of mental stability. Show them how to properly respond when things don’t our way. They will be able to get the most out of their skills when they are mentally in control. 2. Support them away from their team. All players should practice their sport on their own time. They will always have more time away from their team to get better than they will while with them. Help them develop this great habit. Help them learn to take their development into their own hands. 3. Be realistic. Put them in a position to thrive. We want them to get better but j ..read more
Visit website
13 Things Life Has Taught Me
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
11M ago
I am 45 years old. Grew up in Concord, CA until I was about 14 years old. We moved to Vancouver, WA the summer before my freshman year of high school and moved to Tyler, TX about 2 years ago. Let me give you a little history… My parents recently did the parent thing and broke out old video to enjoy some laughs and some memories. There was a lot of amazing video that was great to see. But one thing I realized was that I didn’t remember any of it. Video from when I was 11/12 years old to video of me playing ball in HS. I remember the people of course, but the moments…Well the memories are few an ..read more
Visit website
Mental Stability
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
11M ago
Besides physical tools, what goes on between our ears is absolutely vital for not just performing well but performing well consistently. For the mentally weak and those who just can’t get a grip on their emotions when things don’t go their way, this game will chew them up and spit them out. Seen it happen and can only imagine how many talented athletes, and non-athletes, never reached, and will never reach, their full potential because they couldn’t get past “fair” or being so prideful they couldn’t handle being beat by their competition that day or they couldn’t grasp the importance of “stoic ..read more
Visit website
Teacher of What?
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
11M ago
No matter what level we are coaching at, we are developing minds. We are developing attitudes. We are teaching right from wrong. We are their leader and we are preparing them for life. Having worked with, coached and trained, players ranging from 4 years old to 30 year old professionals, there’s one common theme with all of them. They need confidence. They will not be able to perform to their potential if they don’t have it. They need to believe and it’s hard to believe when they don’t have the support of those around them. Those being their teammates, coaches, parents, teachers, siblings, fri ..read more
Visit website
5 Ways to Make Your Stuff Better…
Baseball Dudes » Coaching
by Chris Gissell
1y ago
As pitchers we are always trying to be better. We work to throw harder. We try to get our change up to drop more. We would love for our breaking pitchers to be sharper. This is a constant desire for those that spend years doing it, that’s part of what striving for excellence looks like. Now, there are most certainly things we can do to make our stuff “play” better than what it actually is. “Play” meaning how our stuff appears to the batters. Here are 5 ways to help make this happen… 1. Command the inside part of the plate!! Most hitter DO NOT like the ball inside, especially the higher the vel ..read more
Visit website

Follow Baseball Dudes » Coaching on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR