Archive | August, 2007

Roger Federer: What Makes Him So Special?

   I have coached lots of tennis players and I am avid player myself.  My kids and wife also play.    Roger Federer is a remarkable talent and he prove to be the greatest player ever.  He is gifted with great balance, speed and plays tennis like a brilliant and creative artist.      But technically […]

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Sports Psychology: Getting The Athlete, Coach And Parent On The Same Page

Frequently, athletes, parents and coaches are on different pages.  Once I can get all the members of the team to share a common set of goals, objectives and dreams, everyone usually feels better and the athlete is likely to perform better.

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Sports Psychology: Should Your Child Specialize In One Sport?

If your child is above age 14 and he or she wants to play at an elite level, it may make sense to have your son or daughter concentrate on one sport.  While there are some athletes who can excel at several sports, it appears that, as in other fields, we are now in an […]

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Sports Psychology, Athlete Of The Week, Serving In Tennis

This week, I got a call from a highly ranked tennis player who wanted to know if hypnotic techniques could add speed to her serve.  I suggested that she listen to Chapters 5,8,11,12, 19, and 20 on the Stay In The Zone program.  Other athletes have reported good results for things like serving and pitching […]

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How To Stop A Young Athlete From Choking When The Pressure Is On

Many talented young athletes fail to perform to their fullest potential because they are anxious, lacking in confidence and distracted on the field or on the court. Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., Founder of www.stayinthezone.com has developed a program to help young athletes learn how to stay confident, calm and focused when the pressure is on. […]

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What Will Happen To Michael Vick?

What Will Happen To Michael Vick?          Michael Vick is an amazing athlete with remarkable talents.  Unfortunately,   his involvement in the dog fighting world will probably cause him to serve some   time in prison.  He will also probably be out of the National Football League for   a year or two. […]

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Sports Psychology: Coaching Tip For Parents And Professional Coaches

Some athletes respond to toughness on the part of a parent or coach.  Others have a positive reaction to gentle ecouragement.  And sometimes, some athletes need a bit of both.  Know your child and your player and adjust your coaching style accordingly.

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Sports Psychology: Athlete Of The Week, Day Month

I thought it would be interesting to add to the blog some stories, anecdotes and tales about athletes I have worked with over the years. Recently, I got  a call from a coach who was concerened about a pole vaulter who has lost his confidence, since shattering his pole and taking a nasty fall.  I […]

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Motivational Idea For Athletes And Non Athletes

Never let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. This is a useful idea.  I think this idea came from John Wooden.

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The Stage Is Set For Alex Rodriguez

       In case you haven’t noticed, The New York Yankees have been on fire   and been playing some fantastic baseball for the past seven weeks.  The team   is hitting well and pitching well.  The Bronx Bombers are now loaded with   some great young arms and some live young bats.  In addition, they […]

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Even Tough Cowboys Need Help Some Time

Over the years, a number of cowboys who compete in rodeos have contacted me for some coaching with their mental toughness.  Like other athletes, it is important for these rugged individuals to train their minds to stay relaxed, focused, confident and optimistic.  A number of professional cowboys and cowgirls use my Stay In The Zone […]

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Sports Psychology: The Stage Is Now Set For Alex Rodriguez

In case you haven’t noticed, The New York Yankees have been on fire   and been playing some fantastic baseball for the past seven weeks. The team is hitting well and pitching well. The Bronx Bombers are now loaded with some great young arms and some live young bats. In addition, they now have a […]

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Building Confidence In Young Athletes

Having coaches thousands of kids.  I can tell you that one of the key things you need to do is to get them  to know that you believe in them and they can believe in themselves.

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Coaching Tips: How To Talk To Your Kids About Sports

    How To Talk To Your Kids About Sports         Anyone who has been to a sporting event involving children knows that parents   can get out of control.  We are living in a highly competitive world and a “win   at any cost” attitude is visible when our kids participate in […]

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Sports Psychology: Athlete of The Week, Day Month

 I thought it might be interesting to write about some of the interesting people I have helped over the years. So, I will start to include this kind of information in my blog from time to time.  Today I got an e-mail from a man who competes on cutting horses in Australia.  Over the years, […]

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Sports Psychology: New York Times Article

The New York Times ran a front page article today on coaching young athletes. Here is the link to read more about it.  I am quoted in the article. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/05/sports/05minds.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

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