I mentioned in an earlier post that I sometimes used “sledging” as a coaching tool.
This is something I picked up working with an experienced Aussie coach – that the coach can sometimes use a little psychological pressure to focus the player on the challenge at hand.
“Can you hit this one? I don’t think you can.”
Not because the player will “just have to get used to sledging” when she starts playing. Not abuse, not questioning the player’s parentage (I work with young players – Mum or Dad will be standing next to the net!), certainly not banal “banter“…but I will tell a batter that I think I have spotted a weakness, and that I am going to put his technique to the test.