Agenda • Who I am • Introduction to Sports Psychology • Role of a Sports Psychology Coach • Give you tips on specific mental skills such as confidence, dealing with pressure and routines • Homefun
My Name • Coach Doron • Coach “D” • Sports Psychology Coach
Education • University degrees in: • Psychology • Graduate Diploma in Sports administration & • Masters in Sports Psychology • Studied extensively the characteristics of peak performance or flow
Experience • Two businesses – Flow in Sports (www.flowinsports.com) & TSPA (Tennis and Sports Psychology Academy) www.tspa.ca • Both are related to sports psychology • Work with professional athletes of all kinds of different sports • Concordia University Stingers Football team’s, recreational hockey referees sports psychology coach • Reasons why I choose this field…
Introduction • We often hear that the game is 90% mental or more • Often more so the higher up the performance (from recreation city provincials national international or professional • Unfortunately, at the lower level, athletes either do not know how to improve their mental skills or spend little or no time working on the mental part of their game
Introduction • Unfortunately, it is often viewed as something necessary for the weak-minded competitor who has “issues.” The reality is that the mental game of sports affects every athlete, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses may be. • Physical vs psychological • Physical (how fast, tall, muscle etc.). • Psychological (confidence, attitude, mental imagery, self-talk, routines, goal setting etc.).
Definitions • Psychology: The study of human behavior. Also considered the study of the brain. • Sports psychology: It is the principles of psychology used in a sport setting. • Confidence – a belief in yourself • Self-talk – internal dialogue with yourself
Definitions • Motivation – an action towards a goal and the different types of motivation. • Mental imagery – developing clear pictures in your mind of what you are going to do before you actually do it. • Optimism – seeing the brighter side of things even when bad things happen. • Through sport psychology, an athlete can gain the “mental edge”, “mental toughness” or improve their mental skills.
Sports Psychology at LLHS • Last year pilot project in developing a course in sports psychology • Went well and expanded • Now part of all sports concentration • Sports psychology coach follows all sports concentrations on and off the field • Get it?
Goal of Sports Psychology Coaches • Teach athletes techniques that are commonly used in sport psychology such as mental imagery, relaxation, goal setting, building confidence, learning to focus, create a positive self-talk and regulating energy levels and becoming more optimistic. • Through learning and practicing these techniques, an athlete or person has the ability to reach their potential, achieve peak performance or what is called “flow”.
My Role within the team as Your Sports Psychology Coach • Help the team perform better via the way you think • Give periodic workshops such as this one to the team • Specific workshops within units of the team • Help you one-on one in improving your mental skills to create, recreate and maintain peak performance • Help you become more positive • Get you working on your mental skills. Therefore, expect you to write down whatever is asked of you and or do any other work • Begin with the sports psychology alphabet of success. On loose leafs, write 10 positive sports psychology words. Label each letter on a separate piece of paper (A-Z).
One-on-One Consulting • Open Door policy • Meet me to discuss ways to get you to play better • Office for now is room C317 (digital classroom) • You may talk with me before, during or after practice, a game, in the hallways and tell me that you want to meet with me. Call the school or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org • We can even work online together… • You don’t even have to have a reason i.e. I just want to improve but I don’t know how. • Fee … can charge up to $100 per hour… but • Free of charge to LLHS Panthers
Positive Quote Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Procedures • I will accompany the team during some games (home and or away) • Observation during practices • Need one volunteer as the sports psychology liaison. Information can be passed through this person • Missed work or absent? Get it through the coaches office in a sports psychology folder. • You are still responsible for work missed. Remember in order to improve on your metal skills, you will need to work at it!
Homefun • Get sports psychology binder – bring every time you see me. • Dividers (at least three) • Pen • Positive attitude • Organize handout that I give you • Continue working on the Sports Psychology Alphabet… 25 words
Questions • Any questions?