Mental Game

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The Perfect Penalty Shot This post was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company Is there such a thing as a perfect penalty? Probably not, but how can players give themselves the best chance of success? Great penalties are not just “luck”, it’s all about performing under pressure. So what strategies can players involved in penalty shoot outs employ ...

Let Failure be Your Fuel Failure is not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be powered by. By John O’Sullivan, Founder of Change the Game Project In May 2018, retired US Women’s National Soccer team star Abby Wambach gave the commencement address to 600 women from Barnard College in New York City. Wambach, the all-time leading scorer for Team USA, an ...

Tending the Mental Garden This article was provided by Training-Conditioning By Tone Lanzillo Tone Lanzillo is a mental skills coach to athletes. He works with athletes in such sports as softball, boxing, field hockey, football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse and writes for FirstDown Playbook, Coaches Training Room, Ultimate Hockey Source, Lax Playbook, Online Soccer Coaching, World of Basketball, Lacrosse All-Stars, Coaches Clipboard ...

Mental Toughness and Excuses This article was provided by Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports IMO, one of the most important life lessons coaches can teach their athletes is the lesson of refusing to make or accept excuses. I have assembled some quotes in this article that I hope will help as you work ...

10 Ways To Control Your Emotions (Part 2) Are our emotions something that help us when it comes to sport, or do they hold us back? The answer? Both. Learning how to balance and control your emotions is what matters. In our first part of this two part series,  we covered five strategies to help regulate emotion ranging from facing your fears head on, to ...

Now, Wow, & Pow  This article was provided by Coaches Network By Anthony Lanzillo When your players are getting ready for a game, you want to help them become mentally focused and prepared to play. For some, there may be anxiety or stress, as they go over all the different plays in their heads. They may also be worrying about whether they will ...

Mental Rehearsal: Part of Practice Do you want to help the athletes become more confident and self-assured when they find themselves in different game-time situations? Do you want them make better decisions? Perform at a higher level? Learn how to teach your players visualization or mental rehearsal. This article was provided by Coaches Network By Anthony Lanzillo When you are coaching athletes, it’s very ...

Compete Like Messi   By John  O’Sullivan, Founder of Changing the Game Project,  a site that is your one stop shopping for  the latest and greatest information, research, and best practices regarding high performance, motivation, Long Term Athletic Development, fitness, nutrition, college recruiting, and more. Lionel Messi lay battered on the turf. As he raised his head from the grass, he spit ...

How to Help Players Control Their Emotions This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company What does it take to really excel in the world of elite sport? The ability to deliver your best when it matters the most is a fundamental part of performing under pressure. Can this ability be taught, learned and developed? We have previously explored why some athletes ...

Building an Elite Team By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership “A team is not just a collection of individuals.  When everyone clicks into place, a team is truly a community, a tightly knit fellowship.”  Many coaches are expert tacticians, strategists, and teachers of techniques.   Few are adept at building teams.  I mean high-performing teams.  Think SEAL Team Six.  The ...

What to Think About Before a Match This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company With the final of the Women’s Euros this Sunday, we’ve been asking ‘what should athletes be thinking about before a match?’ Are some thoughts more helpful than others? We’ve looked through the research from the world of sport psychology to find 7 tips to help people achieve ...

How to Perform Under Pressure This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company   What is the hallmark of a champion? Big players perform their best in big matches and at the most important competitions. Think the likes of Tom Brady at Super Bowl 2017 and Laura Kenny at London 2012 and Rio 2016. But what do these type ...

Performing in the Clutch This article was provided by the Coaches Toolbox,  a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports These thoughts on clutch performance are from Spencer Wood Icebox Athlete Sports Performance Resources. Click that link to see his Mental Toughness Edge website. There are some articles on mental training and other resources as well. According to a ...

Creating Decision-Makers This article was provided by Coaches Network While there is no question that athletes must have knowledge of their sport, speed, and power to be successful, another characteristic is rising to the forefront that can make all the difference during game play: the ability to make swift decisions. In a single game, athletes will be faced ...

The Pressures on Youth Soccer Players This article was provided innerdrive,  a mental skills training company. Does being earmarked as a ‘future star’ help or hinder our youth footballers? What impact does this hype and pressure have on them? It is one thing to be required to perform under the spotlight. It is another thing entirely to have learn under it. We were ...

Embracing Pressure: Not Fearing Mistakes This article was provided by Coaches Network. There is no success without failure. All coaches want to win, but the first steps towards building a winning mentality are embracing pressure and taking on any challenge that comes your way. In order to help your athletes perform their best during the biggest moments, consider these strategies to ...

Being Mentally Prepared This article was provided by Coaches Network By Anthony Lanzillo When high school students come out for sports, most of their time is typically spent doing exercises, running, lifting weights, scrimmaging and anything else that supports their physical conditioning. Each practice and training session is designed to help athletes get physically prepared to play and compete. Yet, ...

Psychology of Penalty Shoot Outs This article was provided by InnerDrive , a mental skills training company. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERFECT PENALTIES Nothing makes a sport psychologist cringe more than people saying that penalties are a lottery, that they are completely down to chance or that there is nothing you can do to prepare yourself for the unique pressure that comes from a ...

Building Mental Strength This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes   By Dawn Redd-Kelly Coaches ask for a simple, but very hard, thing from our athletes: complete focus for a couple of hours each day. I think this is a difficult mental task for our players to manage…I also think it requires practice. I ...

How to Develop a Team Culture This article was provided by Inner Drive, a mental skills training company 6 WAYS TO DEVELOP A WINNING TEAM CULTURE Why do some teams outperform others? Why does the sum total equal more than the parts? For many, the answer refers to the ‘team culture’. But what exactly does this mean? And more importantly, how can you ...

Buddy System : Team Building, Communication, Motivation You can teach fundamentals, you can employ great tactics and you can train your team to be in peak physical condition. However, in order for your team to reach its fullest potential, they must be be motivated and care about each other. In the clip below from soccerclinics.com a very simple but powerful tool is ...

Teaching Focus: Concentration According to 30 year NCAA Division-I Coach and nationally recognized leader in Applied Sport Psychology, Dr. Rick McGuire, Focus is a fundamental skill of sports and like other fundamental skills it can and must be taught to athletes. In the video clips below Dr McGuire talks about Concentration and it role in improving focus. ...

10 Strategies to Help Coaches And Athletes Defeat Adversity By Juan Pablo Favero, Associate Head Coach San Diego State University Women’s Soccer. Originally published on the Coach and Athletic Director site and republished with permission of both parties. It’s frustrating for athletes when they’re running on fumes, feeling like they have nothing more to give and that no matter what they do there is nothing left ...