Santos Baseball Academy is dedicated to instilling a set of core values in our players that extend beyond the final score of a game. We believe in nurturing each individual's character and integrity, fostering values applicable both on and off the field. Our player development program encompasses more than just teaching the basics of the game – it focuses on imparting essential life lessons.
In summary, the values that Santos Baseball Academy promotes are education, embracing challenges, and setting a positive example. By imparting these values, we aim to mold well-rounded individuals who excel in their athletic abilities and carry these principles into their personal and professional lives.
Education is at the heart of our approach. While we prioritize coaching the fundamentals, we equally emphasize teaching our players values that shape their behavior and decision-making. Honesty, respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship are instilled within each player, creating a solid foundation to guide their actions both within the game and in their everyday lives.
We encourage our players to embrace challenges and leave their comfort zones. Rather than fearing failure, we view it as an opportunity for growth. Adopting a "win or learn mindset," we understand that setbacks are valuable experiences to learn, adjust, and ultimately improve. We develop resilience and the ability to bounce back stronger through countless repetitions and practice.
Setting a positive example is of utmost importance to our coaching staff. They are committed to representing themselves, both on and off the field, in a manner that mirrors the behavior we expect from our players. We believe that good sportsmanship, integrity, and respect should be demonstrated consistently during games and interactions with peers, coaches, and the wider community.
What do we mean by that? These are the pillars that help us cultivate a successful baseball environment.
We expect a full commitment from every player that comes through our academy. A commitment to strive, work, and play at his or her highest abilities. To put forth their biggest efforts to practice, drills, plays, and hustle. In-turn, we are also entirely committed to the success and improvement of every player that we work with, no matter the talent level, our commitment is to unlock their full potential.
Pride, a feeling or deep pleasure derived from one's own achievements and the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated with. Pride for oneself and pride for the team. Pride for how we present ourselves, how we win, how we lose, how we run on and off the field, but also how we portray our emotions. How we carry ourselves and how we approach the grind of the game. We believe pride is an intricate, unspoken, but very visible part of this game and understand with pride also comes unmatchable results.
Opportunity for all. We believe a team is only as good as its weakest player. We also understand every player progresses at a different rate, those that are successful at an early level may not excel as the game expands and many late bloomers grow into key players that exceed everyone's expectations. We are committed to providing players the opportunities and training needed to unlock each player's full potential.
If you think about it baseball is a huge game of failure. Great hitters are successful 30% of the time. In reality, it means they FAIL 70% of the time. That is where perseverance comes in. A continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Perseverance is what separates those that find success and those that never achieve their potential.
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