I was recently included in a presentation for a baseball training academy to speak to young softball players and their parents about my experience playing ball and what it takes to get to the elite college level. One parent told me the story about a girl he had coached who had been an elite player in high school—she dominated the league with a .600 batting average—but when she made the jump to college ball at Fordham University, she found herself struggling to maintain her performance. “How can she fix this?,” he had asked. As fans of the game, we have all seen the consequences when a player “makes the jump” to a higher level of play. Some of us may have experienced it in our playing career. Others may be seeing their sons or daughters struggling in their performance as they move up the...

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