Category Archives: Coaching

Coaching Dilemma – Athlete Dilemma – Part II

Previously I addressed the issue of athletes going off to college and confronted with the reality of the pressures of collegiate competition and coaches. This time I want to discuss the high school youth athlete who has a conflict with their club and school teams. What do you do then? The conflicts between club coaches

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Coaching Dilemma – Letting Athletes Grow – Part I

High school athletes often become attached to their high school coaches. For those who don’t, moving on to college athletics is a relief. High school coaches often become attached to their athletes. And letting go is sometimes as tough as parents letting go and seeing their child go off to college. The situation I have

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Mental Toughness and Patience

Mental toughness most often described as that ability to push through pain or discomfort or to hang in there when the going gets tough. But mental toughness is not that narrow of a construct. One other form or aspect of mental toughness is patience. Patience requires discipline. Patience requires focusing on the right things at

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Visualization Leads us Astray?

Watched a video by a psychologist from a California university recently. Her research showed that dieters who visualized their desired state (future healthy, weight appropriate outcome) were more likely to cheat on their diets and fail at their goals. It was theorized that by envisioning oneself successfully achieving your goals (weight lost) your mind becomes

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Focus starts with Focus

I can’t tell you how often I get inquiries to help get someone to “focus better”. The problem is deeper and broader than something like “keep your eye on the ball”, or “count your breaths”, or “use your cue phrase”. Focus requires a focus. It requires a comprehensive concentration on your ultimate goal. So before

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Monday is the Day

Jawbone published exercise data from more than 100,000 people over a 12 month period. Interestingly (or not) it reveals that Monday is biggest workout day. And the rest of the week is downhill from there. In the USAToday article Monica Rogati from Jawbone states, “There’s a new week resolution effect. People are pumped about their

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Sometimes Just Shut Up

If someone close to you has been sidelined from sports for an extended period of time, I’ll bet you’ve tried to cheer them up. Haven’t you searched for magic words or advice could make things better? I watched an interesting video recently of Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a Professional Ballroom Dancer, who survived the Boston Marathon bombings where she lost

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Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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Funny Things People Say About Mental Game Training

No doubt that when it comes to a person’s weaknesses the last thing someone wants to do is advertise them. But let’s look at this a bit closer. Any of the following are considered weaknesses in sports: trouble dribbling to your left; hitting high and inside pitches; finishing with a blazing kick; or hitting from the rough;

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