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Teaching Your Players How to Bounce Back From Failure

Interview with the NFCA's Podcast, The Dirt

SOFTBALL IS 90% MENTAL LET'S COACH LIKE IT!

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LET'S DO IT!

First, we want to welcome The Dirt listeners! We are very grateful for getting the opportunity to share our content on such a fantastic educational platform. Joanna Lane and the NFCA have put together some great resources for coaches to improve their game. This podcast is just one aspect. We encourage you to check out everything else they have to offer!

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Now let’s get to it! Let’s start off with an example of what it looks like in a game to

BOUNCE BACK FROM AN ERROR

The topic of dealing with failure is widely talked about in softball, but we have found that nobody has been able to tell us how they help their players cope. That has become our mission at Mental Sweet Spot- to teach coaches how to make their players mentally tougher through actionable activities and drills.

Below are some tips for teaching your players how to bounce back from failure. There is also a FREE printable template for planning out a progression of challenge drills.

To go straight to the full interview, click the button below!

PODCAST


We follow this four-step process for helping out players implement mental skills

RELATE: GET TO KNOW THE INDIVIDUAL 

  • How does each player and coach deal with failure?
  • What does each person need after they fail?

LEARN: IMPROVE SELF-TALK

  • Recognize destructive self-talk
  • Stop or let go of destructive thoughts
  • Reframe into something helpful 
  • Practice daily! 

GROW: INCREASE PRESSURE

  • Increase the difficulty of the task
  • Increase the performance expectations
  • Impose a time-limit
  • Have a consequence they must “work down” through success
  • Can be for the player, a teammate or the whole team

ADAPT: KEEP WORKING ON IT!

  • Don’t give up in the face of failure or success
  • Apply these concepts to new situations

 

most importantly: set a good example!

 


To learn more about each of these stages, listen to the full podcast!

PODCAST

 

If you want to take action right now and plan out drills like we did, get your free worksheet!

 

To really start improving your mental game, check out our online

Mental Training Courses

 

Looking for a community of like-minded coaches to share stories and ideas? Join the waitlist for our upcoming

Mental Training Academy

 

Then join us in the free Facebook group, the Mental Sweet Spot

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SOFTBALL IS 90% MENTAL LET'S COACH LIKE IT!

Are you ready to commit to this process?

LET'S DO IT!