I stopped being what I thought of as mainly a technical coach a number of years ago and began spending more time on the mental side of the game.
We've all had perfectionist players who are really hard on themselves, often without cause. Here are some ideas for dealing with that issue.
When the primary focus of a particular exercise in training is mainly mental (not sport-specific) do you still have to make things game-like?
A fellow coach wonders how they can keep teams focused and motivated to win, especially in situations where they face weaker opposition.
As solid week of work didn't not end with the win that was anticipated, but rather a loss which puts our challenge for a top playoff seed in jeopardy.
Is it harder to play a team that is a lot weaker than your are? It seems counter-intuitive, but for a couple of reasons it really can be.
It wasn't easy, but we managed to get a pair of wins on the week, and in doing secured a spot in January's Gran Prix.
I can't help but feel I was a victim of Big Game Syndrome in the preparation for one of our league matches once while coaching in Sweden.