Every baseball player has at least two coaches. The one in the dugout and the one inside his head. While the one in the dugout can influence your performance by what it says, so too can the one in your mind, and far too many players are unaware of what their inner coach is saying.
Of course, while there isn’t quite literally a coach inside your head, we all engage in different forms of what is called "self-talk," in psychological terms. There are two main types of self-talk: intentional and automatic selftalk. Essentially, intentional selftalk is what you say to yourself and automatic self-talk is what your mind says to you. What I’m referring to as your inner coach is merely a way to frame your automatic self-talk and what your mind is saying to you about your performance on the field.