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Define Mental Toughness Then Teach Them HOW

Interview with Chrissy Semler, MA, LMHC, CMPC

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

Are you ready to commit to this process?

LET'S DO IT!

“You can’t expect your girls to do something you haven’t taught.”

Today’s guest is a former head college softball coach who is now a licensed mental healthcare professional, certified Sport Psychology consultant and private softball instructor, helping countless student-athletes & coaches.

She stepped down as the head coach at Bridgewater State University in 2017 to pursue her Doctorate in Sport & Performance Psychology. As a head coach, she took the team to super-regionals and developed her players’ mental game with the sport psychology skills she had learned.

She currently runs a training facility, Diamond Fastpitch, where she gives pitching lessons and applies mental skills with her athletes. She also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at the University and consults with athletes in all sports, but especially softball. 🙂

She also works as a consultant with teams, including the Chicago Bandits. She implements team-building activities to strengthen the bond within the team and reflective activities to help the players increase their motivation. She works with individuals on a wide variety of issues, like working your way through slumps, improving confidence and using positive self-talk.

She is on her way up in the Sport Psychology consulting world, and we are so excited to share the stories and strategies of Chrissy Semler, MA, LMHC, CMPC!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Learning what mental toughness really is and what it isn’t
  • Getting to know why players do the things they do
  • Helping players buy into mental skills by explaining why
  • Accidental ways we as coaches take the fun out of softball
  • Investing in your players as people first, and
  • How to coach today’s player

Today’s bonus!

Inspired by Chrissy’s team building icebreakers, we created a team building activity to help your girls get to know each other (and their coaches!) better: Teammate BINGO! Sign up to our list to get this handout and our weekly email with info about our latest episode, that episode’s bonus document, and our recommended resource of the week! All of which you can implement with your team immediately!

Before you get started, check out this short post about how to do team-building the right way.

How to Do Team Building the Right Way

Now let’s team-build! Your activity PDF is below. For a walk-through of how to run it,

Click here!

Click here: Teammate Bingo


This episode is brought to you by our Mental Game Eval! 

If you took what Chrissy said to heart and want to make sure you really know what mental toughness is, this eval will paint a clear picture what it looks like on the softball field. We define mental toughness with the 7Cs, based on the best performers in the world.

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Hope to talk soon and see you next week for another episode!

Alicia & Mel

 


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

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