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How to manage the subjective habits

The main subjective interferences that a coach can commit when evaluating his or her athlete or team.

  1. Stereotypes. Stereotypes are group prejudices that tend to reinforce specific characteristics of the group: “Italian teams play well only at home, while abroad they suffer their opponents.”
  2. Influence of personal feelings. Sympathy and dislike are variables that must be controlled by the coach: “When that player asks me something I never know how to say no to him.”
  3. Personal equation. Tendency to evaluate others in the way we evaluate ourselves, and consequent tendency to positively examine those who have the same characteristics as us and negatively those who have different characteristics: “I see myself in him as a young man”.
  4. First impression. “First impression is what counts” is a phrase that is often said: It’s useless, from the first time I didn’t like it.
  5. Halo effect. It consists in attributing a value to an individual on the basis of a single criterion or a single competence: “He cares so much about what he does, I didn’t expect him to make these mistakes.”
  6. Contrast effect. When in a team or in a sports group made up of mid-level athletes, a young person arrives even slightly higher level, his evaluation risks becoming excessively positive and reducing the cohesion of the group: “That boy is definitely superior, he is wasted on us; for the skills he shows he should play at another level.

The table tennis winning mindset

Born in Huangshi City in China; 54 year old Chen Bin is the personal coach of Ding Ning,  Olympic and World champion. Here are his main rules to be a winning tabe tennis player.

Learn from the mistakes - Ding Ning was beaten by Feng Tianwei in the contest that witnessed a three-one win for Singapore. Consistently, Ding Ning has stated the defeat in Moscow was a major reason why she became World champion in Rotterdam the following year.

Toughness - “It’s definitely her perseverance, her stable performance and she’s also very bold in trying out new skills & techniques”, stressed Chen Bin.

“The level of the players differs a lot, the Asian and the European teams are stronger, while African and Oceania team are weaker. The main difference lies on the players’ understanding of the sport and the ball itself, the weaker players know how to play, but they don’t know how to play it well, table tennis is not just about hitting the ball back on the table, you have to return the ball back, you have to have a feel of how the ball is coming towards you, and visualize how your ball is going to end up on your opponent’s table when you hit it back.”

Pre-match preparation - “I gave them a talk on pre-match preparations, which I think is an important part of competition”, said Chen Bin. “Before a match, the coach and the player have to be well prepared, anything can happen; the players must know how to deal with different situations that could happen. You must think of “Plan B” or “Plan C” to help your athlete to be mentally prepared for all kinds of scenarios and difficulties on court.”

Mindset - There is more than technical preparation prior to a match.

“Mind set is vital, the pre-match preparations and the players’ mentality in different situations on court. the European players, they have good physique and good strength, but they don’t know how to release that power in their play.”

Interview With Chen Bin – Coaches Grow Together With Their Players

To change?

If the only permanent thing in life is change, we must become not too attached to our habits, which we should first abandon.

Olympic medallist mental skills

One often asks oneself which are the mental characteristics of champions and imagines that they have special personalities. That’s not true.

The data below shows that they are essential skills that anyone could train and perfect. The question is that few are willing to train following these goals, which require a daily expenditure of energy and willingness to work for not only athletic and technical-tactical goals but also for psychological goals.

Be aware of our strength points

One difficulty of the athletes, and to a greater extent the younger ones, is related to talking about their strengths, while they are much more focused on talking about their mistakes.

Certainly it is not wrong to be aware of the mistakes and to be focused to overcoming them with training.

The opposite is valid in competition. It’s more useful to focus on what to do to compete at the best and this only happens by putting the best skills in action.

Athletes often say: “I’m very focused on improving myself and I think little about what I’m able to do.”

The objective should be twofold: to train to improve but also to be aware of our skills (physical, technical-tactical and mental).

For example, we can start from the performance goals and stimulate athletes to identify the skills they need to achieve them, in other words, stimulate them to reflect and write down what their strengths are, what they do when competing at their best, so as to put in their mental desktop the skills to use in the race and especially those that want to use more when they are under pressure.

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Goal: Be who we are

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is  one of the best motivators in college football. He is constantly oriented to find new ways to motivate his players. In the video below, you find his last epic pregame speech.

He said:

“They can prepare for a month for what we do, but they cannot prepare for who I know we are.”

“Everybody understand that? So you be who we are. Let’s played the best four quarters we’ve played all year tonight. Everybody got that? … This is just the next step and you’ve got to walk it out. … Get that eye of the tiger and you put that heart of a champion on full display tonight.”

Projection medals Tokyo 2020

Based on the results achieved in the last World Championships of the various Olympic disciplines, Luciano Barra, former manager of Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has built this table making a projection of the medals that Italy and other nations could win in Tokyo 2020. (list ordered according to the number of gold medals) and that puts Italy in 13th place with 8 gold medals, 12 silver and 17 bronze.

To be among the “top 10″ should be a rule for our country but at the moment, according to the results, South Korea, New Zealand and Hungary are ahead.

Luciano Barra wonders what can be done in last months to improve the current projection: “The success of an athlete is linked to four distinct moments that, hypothetically, are worth 25% of the potential. The first is linked to the … genes inherited from his parents and the push of his family; the second to the goodness of the various past and present technical guides; the third to the support of clubs, federations and CONI; the last, the final and most important one, concerns motivation. We can and must work on this last hour”.

Ranking Country GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1. USA 51 29 27 107
2. R.P. CINA 43 30 23 96
3. FED. RUSSA 28 26 18 72
4. GIAPPONE 18 26 17 61
5. AUSTRALIA 17 18 16 51
6. OLANDA 14 14 10 38
7. GR.BRETAGNA 13 15 23 51
8. GERMANIA 13 9 18 40
9. FRANCIA 11 8 20 39
10. SUD COREA 9 6 11 26
11. UNGHERIA 9 5 3 17
12 N. ZELANDA 9 2 6 17
13. ITALIA 8 12 17 37
14. BRASILE 7 7 7 21
15. SPAGNA 6 9 11 26
16. POLONIA 5 7 8 20
17. UCRAINA 5 5 8 18
18. KENYA 5 2 4 11
19. CANADA 4 2 16 22
20. TURCHIA 3 6 6 15
21 GIAMAICA 3 5 4 12
22. SERBIA 3 5 3 11
23. DANIMARCA 3 4 5 12
24. CUBA 3 4 2 9
25. REP. CECA 3 3 2 8

Tokyo 2020: The Olympic games of extreme heat

The hottest Olympics in history will take place in Tokyo 2020, from 22 July to 9 August, with a risk of over 90% and similar to that of desert areas, with conditions of thermal stress that cannot be compensated by the human body measured by an index called Wbgt (wetbulb globe temperature), with which the risks are also assessed for the army. At risk, it’s not only the quality of the performances but above all the health of the athletes. For road runners, the nightmare of the Doha World Cup will be repeated. But the same problem will also be faced by athletes in sports that are apparently less challenging from the motor point of view, such as precision sports (archery, shooting and golf) where the combination of humidity and heat will be devastating and will cause extreme stress for the body (just think of the difficulty of the heart rate, a decisive aspect in these performances) and for the mind, which will have to find solutions to these physiological reactions, absolutely unusual and healthy.

Many athletes are using a new device: E-Celsius. A capsule to swallow with a sophisticated thermometer of 17 millimeters and 1.7 grams of weight. Inside, one silver oxide battery powers a sensor, whose vibrations vary with every slightest change in the temperature of the intestine and are transmitted to an external pc. In this way, the vital parameters of the athletes will be constantly monitored and in the presence of significant changes the athletes will be stopped.

The governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike said that “it is as if Tokyo was immersed in a permanent sauna, every day”. Concern also for the public, “certainly not trained like the athletes.” For this reason some interventions have already been planned: on more than 100 kilometers of roads will be sprayed with a product that repels heat and ultraviolet rays, to reduce the heat “of eight degrees Celsius,” said Koike. But it may not be enough. Tokyo’s 2020 president, Yoshiro Mori, has asked Prime Minister Abe to take a measure to optimize the hours of light and to take advantage of the early morning hours for outdoor sports.

In 1964, in the  previous Games in Tokyo, to solve this problems  it was decided to have the games play in October, but in 2020, the Olympic games are driven by the laws of business and, therefore, the date change is not possible.

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