How to Use Pregame "Nerves" to your Advantage Many athletes have misconceptions about the effects of pregame “nerves” before competition sport. *Misconception 1: Elite athletes are NEVER nervous. *Misconception 2: It's the total lack of nerves that cause elite athletes to be successful. *Misconception 3: Elite athletes are born with … [Read more...] about Pregame Nerves Facts and Fiction
Letting Go of Expectations Have you ever been so frustrated with a lack of improvement and not reaching your expectations that training and practicing just doesn’t seem worth the time and effort? At times you feel like walking away from competing just because you feel so burned out or lack enthusiasm? Sports can be demanding, but some … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Burnout and Dropout in Sports
How to be Mentally Prepared on the Bench One of the most challenging situations for athletes is knowing you're good enough to start, be on a relay team, get more playing time, or make a travel squad yet you are not given an opportunity by the coach. Not getting a chance to contribute to a team can erode confidence. And confidence is the very … [Read more...] about Are You Good Enough to Start on Your Team, but Don’t?
How to Build Mental Toughness in Volleyball: "Set Me Again" Do you persevere in the face of adversity? Are you able to remain strong minded after a mistake? While on the court, do you push through whatever obstacles you meet? I was the type of player who wanted the ball, even after I made a mistake. I started this sort of resilience in high … [Read more...] about How to be Resilient on the Court
Focusing on The Controllables in Volleyball Have you ever played with a teammate who continued to make errors? Did this frustrate you as a player? Do you expect your teammates to play perfectly and not make mistakes? I was a 6-rotation outside throughout my volleyball career. I remember playing with a setter one time in high school who … [Read more...] about Coping With Teammates Who Make Mistakes