Top Mental Game Alumni Dominate Spring

mental game mindset May 06, 2021

What a Spring it has been for Top Mental Game alumni.

The Coppell, TX women’s golf team advanced out of the Texas 6A regionals and will be competing in the state tournament this weekend.

Not 1, not 2, but 3of the golfers ‍on this team are Top Mental Game alumni, including the original “OG” @laurenrrios, @jamiemwelsh, and @rylieallison.

Good luck Lauren, Jam-o, and Rylie! Go Cowgirls!

Nick Blalock, a sophomore player from NJ has continued his relentless assault on the Shore Conference.

After scoring 3x including the game winner in 2OT 2 weeks ago, he’s scored 6 goals and 2assists in his last 3games. Way to go @n_blalock5!!

Holt Oliphant, a player from Illinois playing for @tomahawkshockey in the @nahlhockey has scored 13 points in the last 13games.

Best of luck to @holt.oliphant16 as he continues to lead his East Division-leading team down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Welome back to Gianna “G” Hanf, a star with @matchfitacademyshore09...

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It’s Not How Many Minutes You Play, It’s How You Play in Those Minutes

 

It’s not how many minutes you play, it’s how you play in those minutes.

Illinois C Kofi Cockburn came off the bench with 1:24 left in the first half, with his team down big to lower-seeded Loyola Chicago.

He shows that there’s a lot you can do in a minute and 24 seconds.

it starts with body langauge - he comes in positive and ready to go.

first touch shows he’s alert with great footwork and a chance for a 3-pt play.

takes care of business on foul line (he had a routine, big breath, and was composed).

best part? The floor slap - a physical cue to get you locked in and focused.

great job recovering and not letting up on the play after he gets beat - in fact, his hustle tip wins the

another dunk before the half.

hustles back and then closes out on the perimeter to defend the last-second shot.

Do you GIVE your team energy or do you DRAIN it when you play.

You can do A LOT in 1 minute and 24seconds.

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The Decision Jamie Made

When people ask me what exactly is it that I do with athletes and coaches, the answer is simple.

I give them the mental performance tools to play at their best when it matters the most.

And those tools were on full display this weekend at the Tangle Ridge Regional as Top Mental Game alumna Jamie Welsh stepped up to to the last hole in a mighty tough spot.

After besting the field by 4 strokes in Rd 1 with a 72, she saw her lead evaporating in Rd 2 thanks to an epic performance by future college teammate who sank 5 birdies, including the 18th, for a 68.

To make matters worse, Jamie bogeyed 14 and 17. And then she gets told she HAS to birdie the par-5 18 to win.

What would YOU do? What would YOU be thinking in that moment?

For most of us, our mental state would be frazzled. We would be caught inside of our own head. Sensing the shift in momentum, we might let our nerves get the best of us. It would lead us to play small, hesitant, and scared.

So what did Jamie do? She did one...

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Help! I’m a Coach and Want to Teach the Mental Game – Part III

This article was originally published in Soccer Today on November 6, 2020.

Help! I’m a Coach and Want to Teach the Mental Game – Part III

                                         By Bryan Price, Ph.D.

If you’re a soccer coach, chances are you religiously keep up with the latest drills and methods to improve the technical and tactical aspects of your team.

You no doubt study the latest trends in strategy, formations, and styles of play to stay one step ahead of the competition on the pitch.

But if you’re like most coaches, you probably don’t know where to turn for help on the mental game.

Even though U.S. Soccer has designated the psychological component as the 4th pillar of player development, it is the one that is the most difficult for coaches to develop and the pillar that has the fewest resources for coaches and players.

And yet, that...

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Top Mental Game working with George Washington University Women’s Basketball

After an awesome time working with Seton Hall’s women’s golf and baseball teams last year, I’m excited to announce Top Mental Game will be working with George Washington Univeristy and their women’s basketball team this Fall!

I’m super pumped to work with Coach Jen Rizzotti and her staff in order to take back the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and give this team the tools it needs to perform at their best when it matters the most.

Coach Rizzotti was the point guard that started it all for UCONN’s women’s basketball dynasty in the 1990s. The former 1996 AP Player of the Year and 2-time WNBA champion was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Looking forward to giving Coach Rizzotti and her team everything I got to improve their mental toughness, confidence, focus, resilience, and abilty to perform under pressure.

#RaiseHigh

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Interview with U.S. Swimming Legend Jason Lezak

 

On August 24, I had the privilege of interviewing Jason Lezak about his swimming career and his mental game.

This four-time Olympian is the proud owner of 8 Olympic medals, including four gold medals.

We cover a lot of ground in our discussion, especially about the mental game - goal-setting, self-talk, maintaining discipline, and the extreme toll training for four Olympic games takes on your mind and body.

And of course, we break down perhaps the most epic comeback in swimming history - his record-setting anchor in the 4x100 relay in the 2008 Olympics.

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Help! I’m a Coach and Want to Teach the Mental Game - Part II

If you’re a soccer coach, chances are you religiously keep up with the latest drills and methods to improve the technical and tactical aspects of your team. 

You want to know the latest trends in strategy, formations, and styles of play to stay one step ahead of the competition on the pitch. And, even though U.S. Soccer agrees that the psychological component is the 4th pillar of player development, there are very few quality resources for coaches and players.

Read: TEACHING THE MENTAL SIDE OF YOUTH SOCCER

In an article published last year on how the U.S. Women’s National Team was developing their mental game, the author discussed the important gap between recognizing mental strength training is important and providing the tools need to close this gap:

MOST SOCCER COACHES SAY ‘YES,’ MENTAL TRAINING IS IMPORTANT BUT WHEN ASKED IF THEY ACTUALLY PROVIDE ANY … THE ANSWER IS ALMOST ALWAYS ‘NO.’

But don’t panic. Soccer...

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Help! I’m a Coach and I Want to Teach the Mental Game, But Don’t Know Where to Start - Part I

Help! I’m a Coach and Want to Teach the Mental Game – Part I

Bryan Price

If you’re a soccer coach, chances are you religiously keep up with the latest drills and methods to improve the technical and tactical aspects of your team.

You no doubt study the latest trends in strategy, formations, and styles of play to stay one step ahead of the competition on the pitch.

But if you’re like most coaches, you probably don’t know where to go for help on the mental game.

Even though U.S. Soccer has designated the psychological component as the 4th pillar of player development, it is the one that is the most difficult for coaches to develop and the pillar that has the fewest resources for coaches and players.

And yet, that psychological component might be the most important pillar of development, especially for players hoping to compete at an elite level.

According to an article published last year on how the U.S. Women’s National Team was developing their...

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The Mental Game: Working on the 4th Pillar During COVID-19

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SOCCER TODAY ON APRIL 13, 2020. 

Muhammad Ali once said, “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

 For those soccer players navigating the COVID-19 crisis, are you making the best use of your time?

Because when this crisis ends and we return to “normal,” it will be apparent who made the days count, and which players simply counted the days.

For the past couple of weeks, I have run 5-day “bootcamps” on how to improve your mental game during this interesting time. This Tuesday through Thursday, I will be running a soccer-specific webinar series from 7-8pm EDT, and U.S. soccer legend Julie Foudy will be making an appearance to talk about her mental game.

If social media is any indication, many players are putting in the work. It’s awesome to see so many clubs providing players and coaches with video tutorials on how to improve technical skills, footwork, and physical...

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When ALL of your clients take their games to the next level...

“Is this normal?”

It finally struck me last night when I was recounting to my wife YET another amazing feat by YET another one of my clients. 

“Is this normal?” she asked.

The truth is... I have no idea. But it made me reflect on my current clients and the amazing successes they’ve enjoyed since they’ve started working with me. 

I’m a poli sci Ph.D., so I am naturally a fan of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Have I helped my athletes perform better? Or am I just looking through rose-colored glasses? Let’s see what the data tells us. 

Here’s the takeaway - ALL of my clients have improved, and MOST have achieved career-best success after working with me. 

That’s an awesome feeling. And while I’m smart enough to know that I’m not the sole or even causal reason for their amazing successes, I also don’t think it is coincidence that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY CLIENTS AND...

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