GetPsychedSports.org
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Advocating For a Written Sport Psychology Curriculum for Youth and School Sports Teams
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"The modern psychology is all in the line of showing that body and mind are not two separate and individual essences, but that each is so wedded to the other that it is impossible for us to see where one begins or the other ends, or for us trace anything which affecting the one, doesn’t also affect the other." Luther Halsey Gulick, January 18, 1894, Young Men’s Era, V.84 pp. 283-84. “What the Triangle Means.” At the time, Gulick was Director of the YMCA Training School (now Springfield College).

The GetPsychedSports.org program is based on three principles:

  1. When we have daily successes in our lives, we receive the benefits from feeling good about ourselves as people (self-worth);
  2. When we create a positive environment for ourselves and others, we learn and perform better;
  3. When we recognize harmful thoughts as they happen, and then change them to helpful ones, we learn and perform better.

    This educational program encompasses the following elements:

    1. Workshop of 1 ½ to 2 hours;
    2. Workshop evaluation;
    3. Written curriculum and other written materials;
    4. Curriculum quiz;
    5. Mid-season evaluation;
    6. E-mail reminders to coaches:
    7. Feedback regarding results with coaches.
    8. Posting results of evaluations to show success.

    Coaches are expected to gradually adopt and practice the elements of the sports psychology curriculum on a daily basis with their teams. This takes time, however. Just as it will take time for children to adopt sports psychology skills, it will also take coaches time to integrate these skills into their coaching.

    Workshop facilitators are available for e-mail or telephone consultations regarding the curriculum during the season. Facilitators are offered as neither psychologists nor psychiatrists, although they may hold that degree and license apart from their work as a facilitator of the GetPsychedSports.org program.

    Facilitators may give advice as coaches to teams as they are familiar with the skills and exericises in the written sports psychology curriculum. Sport psychology exercises and skills are available to everyone who wants to improve as either a player or a coach. The concepts are relatively easy to understand. Employing the skills as either a coach or player does not take a license to practice psychology. Skills, such as recognizing negative thoughts and changing them to being positive, are generic in nature(See Disclaimer link below). There is no intent to substitute the skills and exercises listed in the curriculum with professional psychological counseling. The skills and exercise are meant to help people develop habits which have been shown to increase the chances of a successful outcome. It does not matter whether the activity is sports, doing homework or washing a car. The same skills can apply, if your desire is to improve performance for better results.

    Workshop facilitators are never allowed to take on individual persons as "clients" unless they are licensed to do so (e.g. a sports psychologist who is a faciliator).

Our Mission
To bring positive change to the general school curriculum and sports programming by:
 •  Building a positive school environment
 •  Enhancing emotional health
 •  Reducing violence, addictions and eating disorders including obesity

"Honestly, going into it (the workshop), our class was on a Friday afternoon, we knew it was about two hours long, it was tough. But after I read the stuff and played in a few games, I was glad I had taken the class. I'm able to focus more on the field."

 -- Freshman boys soccer, Newton North High School, Newton, MA.


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