Too often we concentrate solely on sporting prowess and on-field performance without giving enough credence to the mental and psychological factors that help to make athletes into champions.
In this short and fun pack, we focus on teaching the fundamentals of mental skills to be successful in sports, at school, and in life. Young athletes will learn how to stay calm and confident in competitions, and the importance of having a growth mindset and how it can improve their time playing sports.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
If you are an up and coming athlete or know of an athlete looking to progress in his sports, this is the right place to train the mind-muscles.
Young athletes who would either like to learn new skills or build on their existing mental skills so they can get to the next performance level.
Young athletes who are under-performing and have mental barriers that they would like to get rid of, even if they are ready physically.
Young athletes who need to learn the necessary mental skills so they can continue to progress and prepare future competitions.
MINDSET FUNDAMENTALS COACHING TOPICS
Realize that attitude is a choice. Choose an attitude that is predominately positive. View their sport as an opportunity to compete against themselves and learn from their successes and failures.
Pursue excellence, not perfection, and realize that they, as well as their coaches, teammates, officials, and others, are not perfect.
Are aware of the rewards and benefits that they expect to experience through their sports participation. Are able to persist
through difficult tasks and difficult times, even when these rewards and benefits are not immediately forthcoming. Realize that many of the benefits come from their participation, not the outcome.
Set long-term and short-term goals that are realistic, measurable, and time-oriented. Are aware of their current performance levels and are able to develop specific, detailed plans for attaining their goals.
Realize that they are part of a larger system that includes their families, friends, teammates, coaches, and others. Have learned effective skills for dealing with conflict, difficult opponents, and other people when they are negative or oppositional.
Maintain their self-confidence during difficult times with realistic, positive self-talk. Talk to themselves the way they would talk to their own best friend. Use self-talk to regulate thoughts, feelings and behaviors during competition.
Prepare themselves for competition by imagining themselves performing well in competition. Use imagery during competition to prepare for action and recover from errors and poor performances.
Accept anxiety as part of sport. Realize that some degree of anxiety can help them perform well. Know how to reduce anxiety when it becomes too strong, without losing their intensity.
DEALING WITH EMOTIONS
Accept strong emotions such as excitement, anger, and disappointment as part of the sport experience. Are able to use these emotions to improve, rather than interfere with high level performance.
Know what they must pay attention to during each game or sport situation. Have learned how to maintain focus and resist distractions, whether they come from the environment or from within themselves.
We cover all the critical areas of athletes professional development by providing a wide range of services for young athletes. Our holistic program is covering sporting career development, teaching mental skills, physical advancement, and nutritional programs.