What is mental training?
Mental training is about thinking better, playing smarter, and controlling your mind to handle the rigors of sport in order to perform at your best. A coach helps your athletes understand how their mind works (both for and against them) as it relates to their performance, helps them set goals and create an action plan, provides them with tools and guidance they can use on the court. As a coach, I help you hold your athlete accountable, challenge them in a productive way, and prepare them to reach their goals.
Do you offer a guarantee of your packages?
Yes - after the athlete assessment and kick-off session, if I determine that it is not a good coach/athlete fit, I will offer a 90% refund of the package price. After 30-days you are not satisfied with my services and can prove your athlete did all the work that we discussed, I will offer an 80% refund of the package price. Due to the nature of the Discovery Sessions, no refunds will be given for this package option.
Will my athlete think I'm nagging them if I try to help?
I offer parent sessions with my packages. These sessions will teach you how to guide your athlete through the process of mental training and give you a common language on what mental training is to them and how you can talk with them about it. For many parents, supporting their athlete with their mental training efforts will mean understanding what their athlete is going through, what they are working on, and then getting out of the way.
How do I know if my athlete is a good fit for mental training?
I think everyone can benefit from mental training. Even things are going well now, hiccups and setbacks are inevitable in sport, especially as the athlete continues to grow in their sport. With that said, I always evaluate the athlete to make sure it's a good fit through my Athlete Assessment and Kick-off Session. These touchpoints give your athlete a better idea of what to expect and for me to get a sense of whether they're open to the training and willing to do the work. If it doesn't feel like a good fit between coach and athlete, a partial refund will be given.
My athlete is already on top of their game, do they really need additional training?
Everything is good until it isn't. If your athlete is on top of their game, there's a chance they haven't had to deal with too many setbacks or challenges yet. Which is a great confidence booster, but does little to provide them with tools they need to get through the muddy areas of sport. Mental training will help your athlete focus better in practice, work more efficiently and get to the next level of their sport quicker. If your athlete is passionate and willing to put in the work, they are a great candidate for this program. There are inevitable setbacks when it comes to sports, especially has your athlete transitions into more competitive levels of their game. Mental training minimizes the time it takes to recover and maximizes the learning experience from their struggles.
Is my athlete weak if they need "mental training"?
Your child is not weak. If their mental game is derailing their performance, it's because their mind is strong. Mental training is learning how to direct and utilize that strength in a way that is helpful to their performance, not harmful. While the term "mental training" or "mental health" may be taboo or taken as "something is wrong with me/my child", several articles and research papers prove how valuable mental training is to growth and performance. Many professional athletes and Olympians credit mental training for their success in sport.
When is the best time to start mental training - offseason or during the season?
Both! Offseason is a great time to build a mental training foundation, set goals and create an actions plan that prepares your athlete for when their performance matters most. Coaching sessions during the season are great for feedback in common situations or setbacks, testing and trying tools when the competition is at its peak, as well as reinforcement and motivation support.
My athlete is already strapped for time, how can we fit this in?
We can do small 15-20 minute meetings in the car, in the morning, between class and practice, etc. or we can do longer sessions with fewer touchpoints. I always work around the athlete's schedule for our one-on-one meetings. As for the homework or tools, I won't give the athlete more than 10-15 minutes of regular homework. I provide small touchpoints with your athlete throughout the week to act as a reminder. Consistency, not necessarily time, is most important with mental training to produce significant results.
How do we know if we've been successful?
The athlete is wholly responsible for their own results. I will provide guidance, feedback, and touchpoints throughout our relationship, but for the work to be effective, the athlete has to put in the time and be willing to try new things. As a coach or parent, you will likely see the results on the court in terms of confidence, consistency, and focus. For my intermediate clients, I offer an accountability system to keep the athlete personally accountable to their goals, as well as an athlete dashboard to measure confidence, leadership, consistency, focus, and progress with their specific challenges.
What is the difference between a mental training coach and a sport psychologist?
A sport psychologist works with athletes on deeper mental health issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and depression. As a mental training coach, I work with the athlete to create proactive steps and give them positive tools to help them reach their sports goals.