Until a week ago, I didn’t know that there were a lot of men playing serious baseball well into their thirties, forties and even fifties. We’re not talking slow pitch softball, but fast pitch hardball. The Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL)/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL) is a national organization with 325 local affiliates, 3,200 teams and 45,000 members who play organized amateur baseball in local leagues, 30 regional tournaments and six national tournaments, including a “World Series.” The MSBL/MABL is the fastest-growing adult baseball organization in the country. It started in 1986 with 60 members and now has over 45,000 players. Members are blue collar workers, doctors, lawyers, local businessmen and even former professional athletes. All of the players share the common bond of a passion for playing and enjoying baseball.
Recently, I was working with a baseball player in his fifties who is a “star player.” He has three MSBL World Series rings. The problem is that he’s been in a batting slump. This batting slump feeling was at a SUDS (Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale) of eight. Within five minutes his batting slump blues went from five to two to zero using EFT. What was behind his slump? It was his core belief in the expectation that he’d lose his athletic abilities as he got older. He was essentially letting the belief and expectation speed things along. I suggested that he set aside the belief and choose instead to stay attuned to his body. His body would let him know. I had him tap on the following phrases.
I am attuned to my body and constantly listen to its wisdom.
I make the mental picture and feeling of playing in my peak state.
My body is in a constant state of rejuvenation.
I cultivate strength, stamina, flexibility and energy in my body and mind.
I feel younger than my chronological age.
I am connected with the vibrancy of life.
EFT is an excellent tool for releasing limiting mental and physical blocks in all kinds of sports. My favorite EFT practitioner for sports performance is Stacey Vornbrock. Stacey is a pioneer in this field and has worked with both professional and amateur athletes for several years now. Check out her Website at www.breakthroughperformance.net. Also do a search at EFTUniverse on “sports performance” or a specific sport like “baseball.” Get out there and play!