Our “Why”

Every business has a purpose for their existence; they have their “why”. Simon Sinek wrote the book, “Start with Why”. Simon, described how people do not care what you do, they care why you do it. Athletic Mission Baseball Academy was founded by, Geoff Rottmayer, for several different reason.

1. Athletic Mission Baseball Academy wants to provide players with information that most instructors wish they knew if they were starting their career over

The most damaging statement in any professional industry is, “That’s the way we have always done it”. We stand against conventional wisdom. With so much evidence about the baseball mechanics available through video, there is no excuse to not spend time researching and growing as coaches, players or instructors.

2. To teach kids to embrace failure

Michael Jordan once said, “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail”. Modern society has tried to shield youth from failure, when we should be doing the exact opposite. We have to encourage kids to fail, and to fail a lot, so they then can handle failure and rise above it.

3. Be Different.

Walt Disney once said, “Observe the masses and do the opposite”. We want players to start thinking for themselves. We stand against conventional wisdom and we want to challenge athletes to ask the tough questions. We want them to start looking at life through a different set of lenses, as it will open a new world. Getting clients to realize it’s about them being responsible and taking full ownership of their development.

Our Player Development Philosophy

1. Instructions

To become a high level performer, you must first have above average understanding of the skills. While some athletes may have a natural disposition to perform a skill well, this ability cannot be mistaken for high-level performance. Instruction of each skill must meet the standards of high level skills performance.

2. Perform

After learning a skill, you must perform the skill with the intent to execute the newly learned information. A player should not expect great results immediately. The focus and concentration should be on the process of performing the skill. While positive results can be achieved with improper techniques, these results will not prepare the athlete for high level competition. If the process is performed correctly, results will occur accordingly.

3. Feedback

Video is a communication tool. It allows instructors and athletes to see and evaluate performance of a newly learned skill. An athlete will be able to properly visualize their skill, allowing for greater communication, a greater understanding of the process of the skill execution and faster improvements.

4. Awareness, Adjustments & Application

With instructions, performance, and video analysis of the skill, the athlete will have learned through audio, kinesthetic/tactile, and visual learning styles. With each learning style and intelligence, learning becomes quicker and skills are better retained. Awareness of the skill and how it is performed, well or poorly, will lead to positive adjustments. Finally, they will need to apply these adjustments to the skill.

6. Find the Feeling

Knowing how to perform correctly and doing it correctly can pose a large challenge for an athlete. The feeling of performing a skill correctly must be found through failure. The instructor must test the limits of the skill to enforce failure. The athlete will find the feeling of performing the skill correctly and then attempt to repeat this feeling.

7. Deliberate Practice

Once the feeling of performing the skill correctly is found, the athlete must engage in deliberate practice to make the skill consistent and routine. Deliberate practice, is a term by Geoff Colvin in Talent is Overrated, and involves quality repetition, continuous feedback, and constant expansion of the athletes comfort zone. The athlete will engage in workouts specifically designed to enhance performing of the skill. Deliberate practice is more mentally challenging than it is physically challenging