PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

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Core Values of a Successful Player
Whether you are a junior player starting your tennis career, a dedicated tournament player, a casual League player or a top professional, there are seven core values you should have to make sure success applies off the court as well as on it.

Expectations and Goals: Know the difference
It is important to clarify the difference between expectations and goals because how we think about these concepts dramatically affects mindset and tennis performance. And, all of us must become comfortable with those expectations and goals that are challenging us to be our best.

The Mental Game: Visualize Success Part 1

Utilize visualization techniques to help ensure success when you play. Mentally rehearse what you want to do on the court by recreating in your mind things you want to do on the court, like shots you want to execute and how you want to compete.

The Mental Game: Visualize Success Part 2

To make the most of visualization techniques, have a definitive plan for what you’re visualizing. Find a quiet place free from distractions and focus on your breathing. Sight, feel, taste, smell and touch enhance your visualiztion.

The Green Light Routine

The purpose of the green light routine is to be able to let go of the last point and focus on the current point. Ready with full focus, energy and belief.

An Integrated Approach to Mental Skills Training  
The field of sports psychology has contributed to the improvement of tennis coaching and playing at all levels of the game. At higher levels of tennis competition, when physical skills and tactics of players are more comparable, psychological skills take on even greater importance.

Anger in Junior Tennis Players 
Have you ever experienced this scenario with one of your players or seen it happen with someone you’re watching? Chances are nearly every coach who works with junior tennis players has, most likely on a number of occasions.

Understanding and Influencing the Road to Success
The concept of development, including athletic development, consists of quantitative and qualitative change that is orderly, cumulative, and directional (DeHart, et al, 2000). Read this definition of development again and see if it hits home. Do you try to effectively develop the players you coach? Do you try to bring about change in your players that is orderly, cumulative and directed? Do you believe that how you coach your players today will impact their abilities and performance in years to come?

Finding the Right Sport Psychologist for You 
Suzi Serve, your top junior player, has just come off the court after a tough loss to her arch rival, Jeannie Volley.  In talking with Suzi about the loss, her problems with concentration and being able to relax before points come up again.  These are the problems that have been plaguing Suzi for a while and that you have both tried to solve, unfortunately unsuccessfully.  It is time to talk with a sport psychologist.

Mental Skills for Achieving Optimum Performance 
One benefit of sport psychology training is that it enhances performance on the court. Winning is one of the main objectives in tennis, but winning requires consistent performance at a high level.

Sport Psychology for Achieving Optimum Development 
In addition to providing performance enhancement and coping strategies for on-court challenges, another benefit of sport psychology is that it promotes optimum mental and emotional development. Knowledge and techniques from this field can improve decision making and problem solving, lead to more refined strategies and enhance thinking. Sport psychology also deals with how psychological/emotional development and well being occur as consequences of participation in sport. Here are some suggestions for how you can play an important role in ensuring that players grow in this area.

Sport Psychology for Achieving Optimum Experience
Another benefit that sport psychology offers tennis is that it promotes the best possible experience for the athlete. You can use it to help players have more fun competing; develop competence, self-esteem and independence and find true meaning and fulfillment in participation. Although improving the athletic experience is valuable in itself, players who remain excited and committed to their sport also gain a competitive edge.

The Match is Over and You're the Coach - What Now? 
Without question, some of the most critical moments of your tennis-coaching career occur in the moments, hours and sometimes days following a big match. Win or lose, the athlete wants the feedback, support and knowledge that will take him or her to the next level. You must be sensitive to the athlete’s needs. In other words, you have to be gentle when you need to be, tough if necessary, ready to answer questions, ready to practice, prepared to work with a trainer and sometimes just ready to listen and not talk.

Coaching Through the Stages of Growth & Development  
One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of coaching is being able to work with players during their transition from childhood through adolescence and into young adulthood. 

 

 

 
 

 
 
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