The Mental Game
Lots of things can get in the way of focus-crowd noise, weather, visual distractions, trash-talking opponents, anxiety, fatigue, and negative thoughts, just to name a few. With all of these factors coming into play, what can you do to improve your concentration? One strategy is to develop performance routines.
Athletes often experience pressure as they compete in qualifiers and sanctioned events leading up to, and at the Olympic Trials and Games.
Routines and Rituals
As a coach, you need to develop a sales pitch that gets past initial resistance and makes a compelling argument for change. One tactic is simply to list all the things that routines do for you, by both ensuring good things happen and preventing bad things from happening.
Three-Step Formula for Competitive Readiness
You may not like that your athletes have basic concerns about their technique or equipment two days before a big game, but if you don't let athletes express and work through those concerns now, be ready for these issues to surface under stress, right as the competition begins.
Top-10 Guiding Principles for Mental Training
The reality is that even an exceptionally talented athlete who has not prepared well physically loses confidence and is vulnerable in competition. The best and easiest confidence is that which comes from the knowledge that you are as prepared, or more prepared, than your competitors, and that you are physically capable of a winning performance.