This is the most important message on this website! Without the coach, positive change in youth, school, and college sport IS NOT possible!
To see suggestions for how to use mental training skills for typical problems on your team, click on "Implementation" under "Message for Coaches" on the tool bar to the left.
The Big Picture
High school is the high point for most people's sports
"careers". For some, it is college. When the colleges and high schools sets an example as to what
is important in sport, the rest of the community will follow.
With your example, youth leagues will be teaching and
practicing the skills you want in your players by the time
they reach high school and college.
There are 30 million kids playing organized sport in America, if we all taught the same basic lessons, we can make positive change in our community.
The written science-based Curriculum & Text, Players' Edition is a tool
to use to improve performance by enhancing a student's ability to recognize his or her thoughts, categorize those thoughts, and change them.
For instance, if they are thinking something negative, we want them to recognize that thought as negative, see it as harmful to their performance, and change their thought to something positive. This is the hardest struggle they, and we, can have. When they can control their thoughts, they can accomplish great things.
Logical Reasons For Implementing the Program
- Sport psychology skills and techniques, when practiced, improve performance in your players.
- The mental skills you teach are in writing, not subject to the vagueness of verbal communication (The more often they read it, the better they will focus on it).
- Generally, people learn faster when they understand how to focus, visualize and goal-set, so your coaching will be more effective and easier for kids to execute. Have them understand mental skills as the first item on your agenda so they know how to learn more effectively first - then you can begin to teach.
- The skills learned in sports psychology have kids feeling more prepared and, therefore, more confident.
- Teaching and practicing how to build high self-worth is a way of showing kids how to improve their chances of success on the team and in their lives.
- The team has more "chemistry" and togetherness when they practice being supportive of each other as a skill of its own to create a positive environment.
- Coaches who create a positive environment are more likely to have a happy team where it is a pleasure to come to practice everyday.
GetPsychedSports.org is being administered by a
basketball coach of 20 years. Aware of your problems
peculiar to coaching, aware of your needs, aware of all
the relationships that must be cultivated every season,
GetPsychedSports.org offers a program which strives to
give meaning to what already is so meaningful to the vast
majority of student-athletes involved in youth, school and college
WHY NOT LOOK AT SPORT PSYCHOLOGY AS A TOOL TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?
- Are you teaching the mental skills found in the curriculum already? If you think you are, would the kids be able to recite what mental skills they are learning if you asked them in a quiz? Are you teaching it with consistency?
- Are you putting these skills on paper and giving it to your players to read and study?
- Do you emphasize these skills regularly as a way of teaching sport specific skills? If you know sport psychology is the science of better performance, why not teach it so your players understand it?