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Process Based Scoring for Scrimmages

The mental side of baseball is often neglected by coaches due to the time constraints of trying to run a successful baseball program.

The clip below features Brian Cain, one of the world’s most sought after sports psychologists who teaches you how to effectively implement mental conditioning into your daily routine. He is a former college baseball coach and adjunct professor of sport psychology. He has worked with the Washington Nationals and many NCAA Division I programs across the country.

In this clip Coach Cain is discussing situational scrimmages using a Processed Base Scoring System. The focus of this type of scrimmage is to emphasize process rather than outcome. He discusses several examples of this in the clip.

He might start the inning with a runner on first and one out. The count is 1-1. The batter must try to bunt the runner to second. If he is successful he scores one point for his team and he gets to bat again. If he is unsuccessful then his at bat is over. The next inning may start with a different scenario.

He also discusses other ways teams can earn points. For example running on of the field in a certain amount of time can earn points. Throws by the catcher to second under a certain time can earn points,. pitchers working out of bad counts etc…

He also mentions how important it is to mean what you say. Let’s say, for example, that you are really emphasizing quality at bats. If that is the case, he suggests that you post statistics reflecting % of quality at bats as opposed to posting batting averages.

In this clip he doesn’t give every detail of his system, but I think it can give you some ideas on how to emphasize process over outcome. Hopefully it will get your creative juices flowing.

If you are interested in learning more about Coach Cain’s methods. click the link Coaching the Mental Game: 45 Tools for Baseball Practice

The YouTube video below has audio, so please make sure you speakers are on. Note that some schools block access to YouTube