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Il mental coaching nel Tennis

 Offerta di 2 Webinars di psicologia dello sport sul Tennis

La gestione degli errori nel Tennis

 Relatore: Alberto Cei

Data: 21 ottobre, ore 19.00-20.15

Durata: 75 minuti

Programma: Questo webinar è dedicato ai tennisti che sanno quanto è dura non spaccare la racchetta dopo l’ennesimo stupido errore e che vogliono migliorare il loro self-control proprio in questi momenti.

La forza di ogni tennista consiste nel giocare al meglio delle proprie capacità.Questo è ciò che conta:

  • Giocare come sai
  • Impegnarti al massimo su ogni palla

Solo alla fine della partita farai conti e si vedrà chi ha vinto. Pensare al risultato del set o del game serve solo ad aumentare il proprio stress agonistico e a perdere più punti ancora. “Il tennis lo ha inventato il diavolo” ha detto Adriano Panatta perché ti spinge in errore, a  pensare, ad esempio, che oggi giochi proprio bene e … di colpo cominci a sbagliare; oppure che vuoi fargliela pagare al tuo avversario con quelle pallette che ti mette sempre lì … e così ti arrabbi e non ne prendi più nessuna. O ancora che vuoi tirare forte la prima, vuoi osare … e ti trovi ad avere difficoltà sulle seconde. Lo stesso ha detto la Pennetta dopo la vittoria con la Williams: “pensavo solo a correre e a buttare la palla dall’altra parte”.

Il webinar è rivolto ai tennisti, ai maestri di tennis, agli psicologi a tutti coloro che amano questo sport bellissimo e così difficile.

Partecipando si acquisiranno competenze su:

  • L’errore come parte integrante della partita
  • Accettare che vi sono momenti difficili in ogni partita
  • Conoscere se stessi: in quali situazione commetto più errori
  • Come valorizzare il momento positivo di gioco
  • Come uscire da un momento di gioco negativo
  • Strategie e tecniche psicologiche per aumentare il proprio self-control

Per corrispondere meglio alle vostre esigenze, inviate tre domande su questo tema a cui vorreste trovare una risposta durante il webinar vi risponderemo.

Riceverai una e-mail di conferma entro 24 ore.

 

La concentrazione nel tennis

Relatore: Alberto Cei

Data: 4 novembre, ore 19.00-20.15

Durata: 75 minuti

Programma: Questo webinar è dedicato ai tennisti che vogliono migliorare la loro concentrazione durante i game, riducendo i momenti di passività nel gioco e le azioni dettate solo dalla loro impulsività.

Per ogni tennista è necessario sapere riconoscere a cosa presta attenzione durante la partita. Pensa come giocare o a fare i punti? Pensa a correre e a buttare la palla dall’altra parte o pensa che il suo avversario è fortunato? Pensa che oggi è una giornata storta o ragiona, anche semplicemente ma ragiona. Tu che tennista sei?

Per essere concentrati durante gli scambi di gioco è necessario predisporsi a questo impegno durante le pause di gioco. E’ necessario possedere una routine stabile ed efficace che permetta al tennista di essere pronto nel momento del servizio o della risposta. Le pause più lunghe quando si è seduti rappresentano un altro momento importante per ridurre le tensioni mentali dannose, sostituendole con un atteggiamento che predispone al gioco. Verranno discusse le tecniche mentali che possono essere utilizzate in quei momenti per mantenere o ricostruire se necessario una condizione emotiva che valorizzi le proprie capacità di tennista.

Il webinar è rivolto ai tennisti, ai maestri di tennis, agli psicologi e a tutti coloro che amano questo sport bellissimo e così difficile.

Partecipando si acquisiranno competenze su:

  • Riconoscere a cosa si presta attenzione durante la partita
  • Coraggio, umiltà e tenacia sono abilità mentali decisive per restare concentrati sul gioco
  • Come predisporsi a essere attenti durante le pause tra i game
  • Come visualizzare le proprie azioni
  • Gli esercizi di mindfulness per restare concentrati sul presente

Per corrispondere meglio alle vostre esigenze, inviate tre domande su questo tema a cui vorreste trovare una risposta durante il webinar vi risponderemo.

Sexism in cycling

“In 1973 Billie Jean King forced the tennis overlords to award women the same prize money as male players. Forty years later, and female cyclists are still trying (and failing) to win a minimum wage in the professional peloton.

A 2013 survey by the Women’s Cycling Association showed 50% of female pro cyclists earn $3,000 (£1969) or less per year. This is just one enraging statistic from Half The Road, the superb documentary by Kathryn Bertine, who herself battled with the UCI, cycling’s chauvinistic governing body, to qualify for the Olympics.

Brian Cookson, the Lancastrian now at the helm of the UCI, is also interviewed. He told me last year that introducing a minimum wage “could backfire”. On camera he explains why women aren’t strong enough to ride the Tour de France – a claim powerfully rebutted by one woman who rode the Tour in the 1980s when it used to run on the same day as the boys’ race. At least he isn’t going down the same route as Hein Verbruggen, one of his predecessors. According to Inga Thompson, ten-time national US champion, Verbruggen once tried to introduce a rule to stop women racing when they were on their periods.”

(Text by The Guardian)

Ebook: Be focused under pressure

TennisWorldItalia  presents the ebook “Concentrarsi sotto stress” (Be focused under pressure) by Alberto Cei.

Feel a sense of stability and solidity before playing a tennis match is crucial: sometimes the players (sometimes completely unaware) perform a deep breath, that often it’s nothing more than an unsuccessful attempt to reduce the match pressure. Even when they perform well their mind continues to be prey to unnecessary and harmful thoughts.
The ability to stay focused on the goal in situations of high stress can be built: training, perseverance and concentration are essential to achieve a level of optimum performance.
Alberto Cei in this text teaches the practice of centering and focusing.
Thanks to the techniques described in the book, anyone can learn to control stress to reach his/her best in the court whatever level you play.

Concentrarsi sotto stress: Come concentrarsi nei momenti decisivi di una partita di tennis

Sport, role and ball dimensions

The National Science Foundation announced the following study results on corporate America recreation preferences:

  1. Sport of choice for maintenance level employees: bowling.
  2. Sport of choice for front line workers: football.
  3. Sport of choice for supervisors: baseball.
  4. Sport of choice for middle management: tennis.
  5. Sport of choice for corporate officers: golf.

Conclusion: the higher you are in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls.

What is competitiveness for Errani e Vinci

“To accomplish something difficult. To master, manipulate, or organize physical objects, human beings, or ideas. To overcome obstacles and attain a high standard. To rival and surpass others. It has  been written by H.A. Murray nel 1938. This is what Sara Errani e Roberta Vinci showed us today winning Wimbledon.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is among the 100 most influential people according Time.  Here follows the words written by Dwyane Wad, three NBA championship won with the Miami Heat, to celebrate her.

“… There is no doubt that she has made and incredible impact on the world of tennis, but it’s her determination to never give up that has always resonated with me. … I respect her relentless work ethic, focus, drive and discipline. I understand what it’s like to sustain injuries and the fight it takes to come back from them. I admire her ability to fight and how she has defied the odds with sheer determination and heart. On the court Serena is a warrior. An aggressive and competitive nature combined with passion, drive and skill makes her a formidable and fierce opponent. … Serena does take her abilities for granted. She deserves all of her success, because she is one of the most hardworking and disciplined people I know.”

Teach the behaviors that enhance the technique

It seems to me that the sport technique is taught well to young people but coaches doesn’t spend a lot of time in teaching behaviors which are best to be able to use this technique. For example, in tennis once a young  has learned to serve, he must practice it in the best way the most number of times. At this point,  at the young player is no longer devoted as much attention because she has acquired the technical gesture. My opionion is that the tennis player despite having acquired this skill, he is not yet able to reproduce it. In the best case she is scrupulous, some will try to stay focused before performing the gesture and then serve. I believe that in this way the tennis player cannot know if  he’s ready to serve, while most probably do it in a mechanical way. Moreover, in this game neutral situation will never come; because the player will always serve after a game exchange and a pause of a few tens of seconds. As we all know, what you think in those seconds is important in determining how you are preparing for the service. The effectiveness of the service stems as much from the way the tennis player spends the seconds prior to the execution. The question is, how often did you train to positively prepare youryelves  to the service and, only later, to serve? You can have the best technique , but if the mind says No or is distracted , the tennis player will have a problem: he does not know how to solve it because he never practiced in this way.

Training intensity and mental aspects

The mental component of a high-intensity workout is composed of at least three aspects.

  1. Includes mental skills that the athlete must show in that particular session and they must have already developed at high level, otherwise he will not be able to implement them on an ongoing basis in the training session that is starting.
  2. Includes those exercises or parts thereof in which the coach and the athlete are convinced that they can be performed in an optimal level (eg , for a sprinter who has to run 3x300m , probably it is expected that at least the first , albeit laborious , it will be run as planned. In trap shooting, a skilled athlete knows that she usually hits 20 out of 25 targets performing at the maximum. The same goes for the court, in which a tennis player knows how to play when he is totally focused on the game).
  3. Includes those exercises or parts that determine the quality of that single session. For example, it will be great if the sprinter will be able to run as scheduled on the third repeatition of 300m, or if the shooter will hit more than 20 plates that she usually hits; the same for the tennis player, he has to play well even if he feels tired or he has to maintain a high level of play quality in a training exercise longer and more challenging than usual.

These are the psychological aspects that come into play when training requires physical and mental strength and they are trained only in these moments.

Assess your serve in tennis

The serve in tennis does not improve during the match, but whatever it’s your level of technical mastery of this act, it’s necessary for the implement to the highest level you’re capable of , regardless of the outcome of that moment. Remember:

When the ball went into the net or goes out, the error is obviously technical. So you say you ‘d have to hit it the ball in another way or the arm rather than your legs did not do the job right … all this is true but do not forget that the body does not move by itself  is ‘THE MIND  THAT LEADS, TELLING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

The error is always technical, but you should always ask yourself, ” How important is the mental component in this mistake I made in the serve?” And then you have to know how to reduce the error percentage, certainly the first answer that comes to say is:  ”I need to improve my technique.

To improve the mental approach to the serve you have to be aware of what are the psychological pitfalls that you fall down when you run this fundamental. To this end, I propose to answer a questionnaire in which you are asked how often you make mistakes more related on your mental attitude. No matter about your current technical limitations in the game you have to serve proving the quality of your action as well as now you possess, without being affected by the mental condition of the match- moment. If you use a mental approach also correct your technique will benefit from it and you can play in a more satisfactory way.

 

“How I cope with my serve”

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Instructions: Please read each statement and indicate how often you behave in situations as outlined below with an X marking the number that best indicates what is true for you.

1 means never and 7 forever – All other numbers indicate intermediate levels

How often:

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  1. The quality of my serve during the match and training is the same.

 

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  1. During the match when I serve I feel in a hurry or too slow

 

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  1. I make errors because I am angry or down

 

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  1. When I serve I am not focused?

 

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  1. Before to serve I know that it will be bad

 

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  1. I am too anxious to serve at my best and I don’t try to change this idea

 

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  1. I serve because I want to get out fast from this situation

 

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  1. I tell to myself that my serve is so bad

 

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  1. When I feel to win the set, I start to serve bad

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  1. When I shot the seond ball of the serve I don’t feel confident

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