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Understanding what is happening – Why you have the yips;
Arming yourself with tools that can overcome the awesome power the yips can have over you;
Persisting in your use of those tools.
High school pitcher goes from YIPS to NO-HITTER
A year ago, Andy Urban’s anxiety on the pitcher’s mound nearly destroyed his ability to play the game he loved.That’s why it requires more than a glance at his final stat-line from Friday evening — Urban struck out nine while tossing a no-hitter during Lawrence High’s 10-0, five-inning thumping of Shawnee Mission North at Ice Field — to understand just how far away Urban was from this point roughly 365 days ago.
“I couldn’t play catch from 10 feet,” said Urban, now a senior. “I couldn’t do it. The ball was everywhere. It was a mental thing, and I couldn’t beat it. ”But Urban could not — and would not — allow those mind games to get the best of him. He searched the Internet as last baseball season neared its conclusion and came across Dr. Tom Hanson, a leading authority in sports psychology. Hanson’s credentials include serving as performance enhancement director for the New York Yankees in 2001. He also has worked in a similar capacity for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins.
"Had I not found you, I would have ended up either cut, quit, or worse: a regular student!"
Saltalamacchia says Yips Are Gone
The system is simply called tapping, and while Tom Hanson, the man who teaches this form of what he calls “energy psychology,” describes it as sounding “weird,” Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a believer. Jarrod Saltalamacchia says working with sports psychologists has done wonders for him. Gordon Edes Once, Saltalamacchia was too proud to acknowledge that he needed help from someone else, be it a longtime sports psychologist like Harvey Dorfman, whom he once worked with, or Hanson, a performance-enhancement coach to whom Saltalamacchia turned when he was having trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher, the simplest of tasks for a catcher.