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Getting Your Girls to Play With Freedom

Interview with Megan Smith, Associate Head Coach at Lipscomb University

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

Are you ready to commit to this process?

LET'S DO IT!

We are excited to introduce our first coach interview! Our goal is to bring on experienced coaches who have training in and have been using sport psychology with their players, and we found a gem in this one!

She’s been implementing the mental game with her players since she began coaching and is now in her fifth season in her current position as Associate Head Coach and pitching coach. She’s guided her pitching staff to multiple all-conference honors, conference-leading ERA, and the team’s and conference’s first at-large bid to post-season, where they just fell short of advancing past host Tennessee.

Prior to stepping into the coaching ranks, she was a standout pitcher for the Tennessee Lady Vols where she still holds records for strikeouts, wins, innings pitched, win percentage and ERA.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Psychology, and utilizes the lessons she’s learned with her players every day.

We are thrilled to share our conversation with
Lipscomb University’s Megan Rhodes Smith!

 In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Megan discovered the mental game
  • The biggest lesson she learned from her first sport psychology book
  • What she learned with the Tennessee Lady Vols
  • Maintaining perspective and focus
  • What her players seem to struggle with the most
  • Playing with freedom
  • What she feels is missing from coaching the mental game
  • Her tip for coaches that you can start doing today!

Today’s bonus!

We adapted a worksheet Megan mentions in the podcast and shared with us, so you can us it with your team. The Worst Day/Best Day worksheet helps players see the difference in their mentality between their best and worst games and helps them figure out how to repeat their best days again!

 Video Walkthrough

Click here: WorstDay/BestDay

 


I’ve you’ve already started to implement the mental game, want more guidance and resources for building it into everything you do (especially when your time is limited and have a limited budget), consider joining our Mental Sweet Spot Academy! 

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We’re also open to topic requests! Just contact us with your suggestions. Until then, hope to see you back here soon!

Alicia & Mel

 


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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!