How To Perform Under Pressure in Sports


Craig has put together this new video with more amazing tips to help your athletes perform under pressure, deal with any last minute negativity and self-doubts and control those run-away nerves so they stay cool and calm under pressure. If you missed the videos with the first 4 strategies to dealing with pressure, just go to the home page. Click the HOME button at the top left of this page.   Click The Graphic Above   Still feeling pressure?!? No worries, I have another great technique for your athletes on how to Master The Pressure.  Let's review the 1st [...]

How To Perform Under Pressure in Sports2015-10-27T09:05:16+08:00

Conquering The Fear And Affects Of Injury In Sports


Whether we are talking about a physical injury or a mental one, this is a performer's nightmare and it applies just the same to sports that aren't normally dangerous. Having worked with thousands of athletes I know being injured is one of most athletes' biggest fears and understandably so.  You don't only lose playing time when you are injured, but for a lot of athletes and performers it feels like they are losing their identity and their group they belong to. Although coming back from an injury can be a extremely stressful, it does not have to be!  In this video, [...]

Conquering The Fear And Affects Of Injury In Sports2016-01-14T17:59:44+08:00

The Ups and Downs of College Athletic Recruiting


What does it take to get a college scholarship these days? What is the recruiting process really like? Pam Carey, the author of MINOR LEAGUE MOM:  A MOTHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE RED SOX FARM TEAMS shares her experience as a mom of two teenage boys recruited by Ivy League colleges.  I found her story fascinating and wanted to share with you some of her journey. Read on to learn about about the ups and downs of college athletic recruiting from her perspective and the lessons her family learned in the process... Academics Are Ground Zero in an Athlete’s Admission Process The [...]

The Ups and Downs of College Athletic Recruiting2016-01-14T17:59:15+08:00

Let The Kids Play- The Need For Real Change in Youth Sports


This is part two of an article by Bob Bigelow, author of the book Just Let the Kids Play and former NBA player weighing in on the need for change in youth sports.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below... There are frankly though way too many serious youth sports issues that have been well documented in the major media over the past 10 to 15 years. Some of the more serious issues include: ADULTS ARE FOCUSED FAR TOO MUCH ON WINNING AT THE EXPENSE OF MEETING CHILDREN'S NEEDS.  Most children are simply concerned with playing and having fun.  [...]

Let The Kids Play- The Need For Real Change in Youth Sports2016-01-14T18:00:37+08:00

Tips For Successful Athletic College Recruiting


It is the dream of most serious athletes and their parents to get an athletic scholarship to the college of their choice.  There are many things athletes can do to help their chances. We invited a guest expert to give you some tips on how to get a sports scholarship.  Even if you are not being actively recruited by colleges there are still things you can do to get a sports scholarship.  I'd like to introduce Pat Curran, cofounder of, a free recruiting website that gives high school and junior college athletes a place to showcase their talents and get [...]

Tips For Successful Athletic College Recruiting2016-01-14T18:01:07+08:00

The Power Of Intention


I wanted to share with you a personal story of a friend of mine that illustrates the power of intention and making a decision.  I felt so moved by his story, I sent it to my son and suggest you share it with your kids as well... I'm going to confess to you.  You won't find me telling this story often except to help out others. In high school I was a "C" student.  "C" is an average grade, yet I was in the bottom 1/3 of my high school class. School was not very interesting to me.  Martial arts was [...]

The Power Of Intention2014-07-24T06:05:32+08:00

Developing Resilience Through Your Child’s Sport


At the Mental Toughness Academy we want to support you to be great sports parents, because you have a tremendous impact on the way your children see themselves and interact with the world. We have found a great resource for you, Sport Parent Support, a website dedicated to helping parents 'foster well-being in children through sport.  This article on Developing Resilience Through Your Child's Sport by Anthony Ross, a sports psychologist and a former professional tennis player who competed at Wimbledon explains how...  Exposing your child to difficulties, setbacks, and unfairness serves as ‘growth opportunities’ to develop his resilience Just as [...]

Developing Resilience Through Your Child’s Sport2016-01-14T18:01:32+08:00

D1 Girls Softball Team: I Had A Dream


D1 Girl's Softball Team: I Had A Dream. This is the continuation of Erika Mueller's Sports blog... Growing up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest taught me the importance building personal relationships and recognizing the richness of tradition. It also fed my hunger to explore the unknown and build a dream of pursuing something outside of my community and outside of my comfort zone. Once I entered high school, I had developed the dream to attend college on the East Coast and play Division 1 Girls Softball Team. Now, I had no idea whether this was realistic, but I [...]

D1 Girls Softball Team: I Had A Dream2015-01-07T09:54:15+08:00

Motivational Coach Speeches to Pump You Up for Sports


Welcome to the Mental Toughness Academy!  I'm Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer for youth athletes.  We are all are inspired by great motivational speeches, aren't we?  Hollywood has done a great job of allowing us glimpses into the locker rooms to see how coaches use motivational speeches to pump the athletes up.  We put together this compilation of some of our favorite motivational coach speeches from some of our favorite sports movies.   We thought you also could use these motivational coach speeches to help teach your youth athlete's mental toughness... No use in denying it! Hollywood does a great [...]

Motivational Coach Speeches to Pump You Up for Sports2016-01-14T18:01:58+08:00

Motivational Sports Videos: Get Motivated and Stay Mentally Strong


I always enjoy watching great motivational sports videos, movies, to find their message still inspires me. Do you remember the movie Billy Jack? It’s not a sports movie, but the character Billy Jack, had an excellent definition of being mentally inspired.. In this video, we present a short montage of motivational sports video clips from some of our favorite sports movies, their inspirational coaches and players as well as their important messages… Did you like this short montage of motivational sports videos?  I know that myself and many of the young athlete's I coach have watched and rewatched this montage numerous [...]

Motivational Sports Videos: Get Motivated and Stay Mentally Strong2016-01-14T18:02:35+08:00
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