A Simple, Time Effective Way to Develop Your Players’ Self-Awareness…

One of the most common barriers to mental toughness occurs when players become ‘caught up’ in unintentional difficult internal experiences like nerves and frustration and consequently begin taking actions based on these experiences.

To overcome this barrier players must first recognise that their actions have become dominated by these experiences…

The required skill here is self-awareness..

In this video from the Australian Open Coaches Conference I discuss the most common difficult internal experiences that players become caught up in and introduce you to a simple activity that you can do with your players to begin to enhance both their concentration and self-awareness…

Developing Player Mental Toughness: Our Most Common Mistake…

Setting high expectations and standards for players is a crucial component of any optimal developmental culture because these foundations promote quality practice environments and player self-belief. But it’s vital to match these expectations and the related challenges we set players with their ability to meet them. While some people may believe that lacking these expectations and standards as coaches (of developing players) is the most common missing ingredient to player success I beg to differ…

In my experience, the most common mistake we make as developmental coaches is in fact setting these expectations and standards without having the required understanding of how to work effectively with players who can’t meet them (which of course occurs quite regularly).