Young players seem to dwell on their “positive” statistics…hits, batting average, home runs, runs batted in, wins on the mound, strike outs, and other numbers that reflect success. They also tend to practice and work on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. The “Klouter Way” is to find YOUR number; one that is reflective of something YOU must work on to improve your game and better help the team. It is not a negative number but one that needs work. Each player knows what facets of his/her game are lacking and need the work…practicing one’s weaknesses is the sign of a good athlete and one that wants to be the BEST that he/she can be!! A good example of a NUMBER is hitting the cutoff man only 50% of the time. The number 50% must improve to a higher number. This might not occur at once and in fact, it may even go lower. It does not matter!! Focus on your number and improve it!
When you do reach your number then improve on it. Do not be satisfied with improvement but work to be perfect. Perfection is not attainable but is well worth the effort. The “secret” is to keep working on YOUR number and you will improve if you practice and work on the skill(s) you wish to improve. This is the case not only in baseball but also in life…school, your job, relationships, and earning a living!!! A common failure of many athletes is that they reach their number and become satisfied with the new one…why not improve on it and see how good you can get!! The challenge of life is to not “leave anything in your tank” and try to be the BEST you can be at everything you undertake. It does take work and the “secret of success” is hard work and what you will do to succeed!!!!
What is YOUR Number????????????
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Another Kind of Number!!
Each Klouter wears a number on the back of their uniform. This is YOUR “other” number. What does it signify? Why do players wear numbers? Why did you choose the number you wear as a Klouter?
Your Klouter written assignment is to answer the above questions AND research your number. How is your number important in the history of baseball? How is it important in history in general and in your daily life? What Hall of Famers have worn your number? What other baseball players have worn it? What other great athletes have worn it? Tell us about YOUR number!! It is due at the next meeting.