Coaching Presentations

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The following Coaching presentations are currently offered
by the Center for Sport Psychology.

(** Our frequently requested topics)

**Psychology of Winning On
and Off the Playing Field

There are common mental skills necessary to be successful on the athletic field, in the class room, and in one's personal life off of the field.

This presentation focuses on practical skills related to improving self confidence, focus, communication, good judgment, positive decision making, and teamwork, both on and off the playing field.

**Coaching Difficult Athletes

"One bad apple…" Working with difficult team members is rated as a major source of coaching frustration.

This presentation identifies interviewing skills for recruiting as well as conflict resolution and problem solving strategies. In addition, learn how to develop game plans in order to help change specific athlete behaviors.

**Psychology of Recruiting

Evaluating an athlete's personality and good character continue to be a major part of the recruiting process.

Learn methods that can be helpful in assessing an athletes personality, motivation, ability to handle pressure, and attitudes about team work

Mental Toughness: How to Get It

Clutch performance … How much is inborn and how much is learned?

Mental skills can be taught to increase a person’s ability to perform best in pressure situations. Learn about focusing, visualization, relaxation and mental preparation and how they can help with the "mental part of the game."

**Who Is Today's Student-Athlete?

"Why can’t they be more like we were?" Student-athletes today are different than they were 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. We can either be angry with today's student-athletes or learn to work better with them.

Learn the latest information on male and female student-athlete’s attitudes about winning, losing, success, failure, competition, and off-the-field behavior choices. In addition, learn the strategies to more effectively teach and communicate with today’s student-athletes.

Athletes and Mental Health Issues

Athletes experience the same feelings and thoughts as non-athletes.
Learn the signs and symptoms of athletes who are experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and other mental health issues. Also learn ways to communicate with teammates and coaches in order to best address athlete mental health issues.

**Skills to Be a Terrific Team Leader

There is evidence that team leaders rate their athletic experience as less enjoyable than non-team leaders. The key to improve team leader effectiveness is to teach them the skills necessary to play this important role.

This presentation identifies key issues for team leaders and teaches skills in the areas of conflict resolution with teammates, communicating with coaches, and motivating different personality types

**Mental Skills for Peak Performance

Athletes and coaches in all sports consistently say that athletic performance is largely mental.

This presentation provides an explanation of the STAR System: Self-Confidence, Temper Control, Positive Attitude, Respect. Demonstration of sport and academic applications

**How to Implement a
Sport Psychology Program

Coaches understand the importance of the mental part of the game.

Learn how to implement a program to help improve mental skills and achieve peak performance. Ways to organize and develop a long-term sport psychology program will be presented.

**Sportsmanship & Ethical Behavior

There is more cheating and poor sportsmanship in college sports than ever before.

This presentation will identify the reasons for the lack of sportsmanship and ethical behavior in sports today. In addition, specific ways will be offered to promote fair play, positive sportsmanship, healthy competition, and ethical behavior in college athletics.

**Reducing Risky Student-Athlete Behavior

Being a college athlete is not all fun and games. Innovative strategies and programming ideas will be offered to help respond to the unique pressures on student-athletes, including: the freshmen experience, gender issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, gambling, sexual misconduct and relationship violence. In addition, learn to identify positive methods for stress management, celebration, communication, and teamwork.

Secrets to Avoiding Coaching Burnout

Coaches and athletic administrators have a high rate of burnout.

Identify sources of work and non-work stress as well as methods to maintain job satisfaction, enthusiasm, and creativity.

**The Psychology of Team
Building & Motivation

Learn different methods of motivation as well as how to identify the symptoms of competitive stress which often interfere with motivation. In addition, methods to improve group decision-making, communication, problem solving, and teamwork will be explored.

Hazing & Initiations

Is it a good-natured joke? Or abuse? Is it a continuation of tradition? Or is it a criminal act?

There is evidence that hazing and initiations remain a significant problem on many college campuses. This presentation will help define where tradition stops and abuse begins. In addition, learn effective programming strategies to reduce harmful rituals as well as develop more constructive team building traditions.

The Psychology of
Favorites & Underdogs

Perception is reality. There are special pressures inherent in being the favorite or underdog in a competitive situation.

Learn how to maximize the psychological benefits and minimize the potential pitfalls of favorite or underdog status. Identify how to use positive self-fulfilling prophecies and teamwork to help individuals and teams reach their full potential.

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