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How to fuel your athletes' competitive drive

The balance between the overly-competitive and those who don't seem to care

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

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When they’re all-out diving, cheering each other on, and having fun, with that fearless attitude… that’s the best kind of competitive!

The series continues where we discuss the traits of the BEST teams and players: the 7Cs!

Today we talk about being Competitive. We define it as developing a winning mindset by focusing on the process. It’s about competing against yourself, using failure as feedback and creating a more productive mindset to stay on the path to mastery.

What it looks like when players are too competitive:

  • Perfectionist; nothing is ever good enough
  • Not focusing on the process
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Negative attitude
  • Not enjoying the game as much anymore

What it looks like when players aren’t competitive enough:

  • Seem to not care
  • Come off as lazy
  • May be disguising fear of failure
  • Don’t push themselves

What the right balance of competitive drive actually looks like: 

  • Having fun!
  • Going all out on plays
  • Fearless
  • Cheering each other on
  • High energy

What we can do to fuel the healthy kind of competitive drive:

  • Hacky sack games before the game
  • Pre-game quote of the day
  • Music
  • Letting go of the need to be so serious

How being competitive can help players with:

  • Believing in themselves
  • Recovering from mistakes
  • Getting stuck on the uncontrollables
  • Getting in their own head
  • Dealing with pressure and expectations

Alicia’s lessons learned last season using our system:

  • Establishing a common language
  • Breaking down the concepts then bringing it together as a team
  • Reflecting individually first, then sharing with teammates

Today’s freebie!

Today we give you a worksheet directly from our Competitive course: What is your experience? This is a quick and helpful worksheet to help you and your players become more aware of how competitive you actually are and what can tend to get in the way.

If you’d like to see what else you and your players can learn about being more competitive, come behind the scenes with us as we take you on a tour of the Competitive course!

Competitive Course Tour  


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Did you enjoy this episode/the show in general? If so, then we’d truly appreciate a 5-star rating on iTunes or here on the site (click here)Let us know what you’ve learned and how you’ve implemented these tactics with your players 🙂

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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