Michael, a 16 year old basketball player has finally made the varsity team at his high school. He lives, eats, and breathes basketball following his favorite stars in the NBA and College. His dream is to play for UNC like his hero Michael Jordan whom his parents were inspired to name him after. Michael has Read More.
The quick answer is when the athlete recognizes he (or she) is not performing in competition up to potential. Here’s the interesting part of that answer…it is actually rare that an athlete consistently plays up to ability. And even then, great athletes will do everything they can to lock down in the mind what they Read More.
Do female youth athletes and male youth athletes need different kinds of mental strength training? Do they respond better to different coaching tactics? The answer is yes. We need to understand that males and females have differing genetic tendencies passed down from our ancestors as part of our history of successfully dominating the earth. Females Read More.
Trouble loading video here? Watch on Youtube. I have seen a completely false quote floating around in various social media that says you can’t learn mental toughness. I used to get angry when I saw it. But now, I smile because I know that those who ignore that and work on their mental game are Read More.
There are many ways to teach mental toughness which I define as: Focused, Confident, Determined, and Resilient, especially under pressure. I am constantly seeking new information and understandings about what makes us more likely to achieve our goals. Since the greatest issue that I see with athletes needing help is in overcoming fear, well, that’s Read More.
It never ceases to amaze me how small of a percentage of the general sports world there is that really takes advantage of developing their mental skills. I’ve conducted numerous workshops for youth sports teams and coaches over the years teaching mental toughness skills.In my workshops, there are always some athletes that hang on my Read More.
Perfectionism in Sports: Good or Bad? “Practice makes perfect!” This is a saying that nearly every youth athlete has heard while struggling to master a new skill or advance performance. However, is striving for perfection really a good goal — especially for the youngest athletes? What constitutes perfection will vary from sport to sport and Read More.
In this article you will learn of what to do when stuck with a bad youth sports coaches. Craig, Any tips to help an athlete “get through” a season when they are stuck with a bad coach (overly critical, aggressive, demeaning, etc) so they don’t lose their confidence? Yes. I often see athletes in this Read More.
At what age/competition level should a youth athlete focus on building up their mental strength? Any age! I work athletes as young as 8 years old in person and we have them even younger going through the Mental Toughness Academy along with their parents. The key is to make the learning “age appropriate.” I don’t Read More.
In this article Craig will show the sports injury mental impact on young athlete and how to help. Question: What kind of trouble can a serious injury have on a youth athlete’s confidence? Wow, this is a very loaded question as I just finished creating an extensive video training to deal with conquering sports injuries. Read More.