The best option for optimal improvement in mental skills is to start with an evaluation of current skills and then plan a specific program for the team. We have options for planning and programming packages for short-, medium-, and long-term work. Contact Us for more details.
We can tailor the program to your needs to maximize your gains!
Core Mental Skills
Core Mental skills include team cohesion, leadership, communication, growth mindset, mental toughness, and focus on self-improvement.
If you think that one or more of these skills may be what your team most needs to improve, we can offer workshops for your team to work on these foundational skills. The package also includes tips for coaches to foster and reinforce these mental skills on their athletes.
You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation
- Team cohesion: Improve team unity and cooperation.
- Leadership: Improve your athletes’ leadership.
- Communication: Improve communication in and out of the field.
- Growth mindset: Increase focus on effort, hard work, and improvement, and recognize that talent needs practice and mistakes should serve as learning moments.
- Mental toughness: Persist and thrive under pressure and when the conditions are not ideal.
- Focus on self-improvement: Learn to balance focus on results and focus on the process to achieve the results – self-improvement.
Performing Mental Skills
Performing mental skills are the ones that athletes and other performers use as their “go to” during their performance. These include skills such as using a deep breath before serving or pitching, being mindfully in the present, using self-talk to maintain focus and high energy, etc.
If you think that the core mental skills are already solid on your team, the performing mental skills may be the way to go. Sessions may include learning and practice of:
- Deep breathing: The easiest and one of the most helpful mental skill – it can be used to improve recovery and sleep, decrease anxiety and anger, and focus before an important point.
- Mindfulness: Being present, focused, and not excessively self-critical is a must in performance. A wandering mind is an underperforming mind.
- Self-talk: Self-talk can help direct focus and manage emotions. Athletes need to learn what type of self-talk works best for them and make it part of their regular performance routines.
- Goal setting: Setting SMART goals direct effort, motivation, and take performers to their desired outcomes.
- Imagery: Visualizing how you want to play can increase confidence, improve implementation of tactics and strategies, and work as extra reps to improve a skill. Visualizing a target during the game can also increase chances of success.
“I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.”– Alysson Felix