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July 2013
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College Advisory: Questions

Just some questions high school players should ask themselves:

  • Do I attend all of my classes?
  • Am I a leader or a follower
  • How are my work ethic, drive, and integrity

Text Tips: Mind Gym

Mental Toughness -- Mia Hamm is one person who is well known for it from her soccer days.  She once told her teammates, “Nothing stands between us and success, but our will to win.”

Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence | Gary Mack

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Seven characteristics that define a person with mental toughness:

  1. Competitive: find a way to win.
  2. Confident: have a can-do attitude.
  3. Control: focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot.
  4. Committed: focus on goals and dreams.
  5. Composure: keep cool when the heat is on.
  6. Courage: to achieve your full potential.
  7. Consistency: no excuses.

Competition is won or lost on the six-inch playing field between the ears. Practice the seven C’s of mental toughness. Learn to love the competition. Get the Book >>

Diet Advice: You are what you eat? Never heard that one, I bet.

“60-20-20” The Rule

60% Water

20% Fat

20% Protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins

Training Tips: Watch Your Sport

There is so much time wasted with the mind on TV, video games, emails, and cell phones that doesn’t aid in our mental training. The more game film you watch of yourself or another team, the better off you will be.  If you see something over and over again, your mind will recall what you saw and you might try a new move or run.  You could also learn something from watching someone who also plays your position and improve your own skills. It is important to train your mind just as much as you train your body.  If you train your body 8 hours a week, you should be watching or reading 8 hours of materials that will make you mentally stronger.

Question & Answer: Is He/She Old Enough?

Question:  Is your child old enough for competitive sports?

Answer: Experts in child development, say that most kids are not ready until the age of 8. Before 8 years old, they can't handle the stresses of winning, losing, or being judged for their performances.

Everything from 8 and below, should be about having fun, learning new skills, and hopefully laying the ground for good attitudes.

Not every 8 year old will be ready for the pressure. Most kids around 10 will start to grasp some of why they lose even when they played tough and did the best they could.

Once kids develop mentality, they have decent attention span. They will be mature and be able to listen and respect their trainer or coach. If they can't handle doing things repeatedly, they may not be ready for a high end sport.