As a college athlete, we worked extensively with a sports psychologist to help us break through a few mental ceilings like not scoring after the 4th inning, combining back to back hits, and recovering from errors. That year we had a tremendous season and won our conference tournament three years in a row.
We did multiple exercises throughout the year and met individually with the sports psychologist to collectively achieve the season we wanted. Here I will share one exercise we did to set all of the other mental training in motion. You can do this with your team or individually.
Think of the qualities of a championship team and make a list of those qualities. Try to get at least 8 qualities. Coaches, let your players come up with the list. Look at all characteristics such as physical condition, mentality, in game performance, pre-game and how other teams feel when they see this championship team.
Rate your team on a scale of 1-5 for those qualities on your list.
Individuals rate themselves on a scale of 1-5 for each of the qualities on the list. Coaches, also rate your team and your staff. Compare your responses to your players responses.
Coaches, hold yourself accountable by making practice plans based on improving qualities to a 5 in each category. Give players specific steps on how they can get to a 5 individually. Stick to your plan and review the plan with your team throughout each win or loss of the regular season. Individuals, also hold yourself accountable to improve your rating to a 5 in all categories when working at home, practice and in games.
This exercise will provide a full picture of what championship teams look like and designs a plan for your team or yourself to have the same qualities.
List some qualities of a championship team in the comments below.
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