The On-Court Coach Communication Style Critical to Player Mental Toughness Development…

When we get this one on court coaching communication style consistently right, it’s about as powerful a mental toughness promoter as there is…

That’s the reason that we all should focus on it until it’s fundamental to our coaching (especially when players get frustrated after missing a shot/losing a point during practice).

But because of our competitive brain it’s hard not to fall for the trap of doing a poor job of this when working on improving an area of a player’s game….I know I catch myself not doing it very well regularly.

And I’m guessing if I watched you coach I’d see you regularly trip up on this one as well…This video is about how to gradually boost your players mental toughness by using this simple communication style.

Do you agree or do you think there’s something more important than this?

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6 thoughts on “The On-Court Coach Communication Style Critical to Player Mental Toughness Development…

  1. Great advice! Our first reaction is usually based upon whether we made or missed a shot. It takes a great coach to get beyond that and get players to focus on one piece at a time no matter whether they make the shot or not. Once players understand this process it becomes easier to teach them new pieces of the puzzle. Thanks for the great video!

  2. Thank you for sharing the video on process focused training. At our academy here in Davidson, NC we use this form of training a few days prior to a major tournament or event. In our case, we saw remarkable results by training is this way.

    We took one of the simplest focuses i.e. watching the seams of the ball into contact on every ball. We conducted simple CC/DL hitting drills to get the players focused on just seeing the seams of the ball. Even if the player hit the ball out the coaches asked the player if they saw the seams into contact and if the hit felt clean. If the answer was yes, then positive reinforcement was given. We then expanded the drill to a 2 on 1 drill, where the single player was moved side to side, thus increasing the difficulty of watching the seams of the ball. The goal was to see how many hits the player could sustain with this point of contact/ball focus. Again, if the player saw the ball and made clean contact they would be praised regardless. We then processed to open point play, again with the only goal to see the seams of the ball into contact on every ball regardless of the outcome of the point.

    We challenged each player to take this simple yet highly demanding focus into their matches during the upcoming tournament. The results were terrific, many of our players had breakthrough matches and results. We have continued to simulate this process focused training prior to tournaments with great success and results.