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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.

How to manage the momentum according Maria Sharapova e Serena Williams

Some rules to achieve the excellence from two top tennis players.

Maria Sharapova

When you are in a competitive situation and you’re down, what do you do or say to yourself?
“I take my time in between in my service games. I walk to the baseline. I move my strings around. I do a little pep talk, and it’s very automatic. I think it’s more of putting my eyes onto my strings and having this repetition that it doesn’t matter if I won the point or lost the point. I’m on this this river that is going to get to where it’s going no matter what rock is in the way, no matter what storm is on the way. The water is, ultimately, going to go down the river. It’s a safe place for me because in tennis momentum changes so much, just like in life. One second, everything is positive, and you get bad news. You go from a great day to wow. I see those strings, and I see my fingers playing with those strings, and I think of being level headed and being not overly excited, not down. But being in this medium frame of mind.”

Serena Williams

My game is my mental toughness - “Just not only to be able to play, to win, but to be able to come back when I’m down. Both on the court and after tough losses, just to continue to come back and continue to fight, it’s something that takes a lot of tenacity.”

Practice under pressure -  Williams believes tennis is “70 percent mental,”, for this reason she tries to replicate match situations during the sessions. For instance: down 15 to 30 on her second serve. Competitive simulation is a  very efficient coaching method. P

Stay in the moment - many tennis players choke under pressure and tend to unravel when they are behind. It’s important stay there, using our mental strength to win. You reach this goal living the moment: “Even if you’re going through something in life, you can’t rush through it instantly. Take it one moment at a time. It’s the same on a tennis court. You have to take it one point at a time.” Live the here and now.

Forget the mistakes - “Another thing that makes me play poorly is if I’m thinking too much about my last match. I might have won it, but not happy with how I won it,” says Williams. “If you get really upset at mistakes, the best advice I’ve ever been given is to forget about it. You can’t rewind time, you can’t take back that mistake, but you can make it better and not do it in the future.”

 

 

Learn not only from sports and from the current experts

Leopold Auer was an Hungarian  conductor and violinist, he lived between 1845 and 1930, and he was the mentor of the best musician of that period. He teached that the learning is not a question of hours, it needs always the integration between time devoted to the practice and concentration.

“The right kind of practice is not a matter of hours. Practice should represent the utmost concentration of brain. It is better to play with concentration for two hours than to practice eight without. I should say that four hours would be a good maximum practice time. I never ask more of my pupils and that during each minute of the time the brain be as active as the fingers.”

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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.”

One thought forever

Risultati immagini per may the force be with you

May the force of your thoughts and emotions

always lead you

to achieve new goals

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