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Leadership Training for Softball

Leadership Training for Softball provides details and distinctions on what athletes already know so that they can more quickly get what they want from their sport. It uses mental skills training and numerous exercises and activities to help build awareness and vision, inspire confidence, help athletes lead by example, connect with empathy, and still have the resources left in the tank to help teammates give their best effort, too.

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8X National Championship Head Coach at Arizona and Team USA Gold Medal Head Coach

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Foreword by Mike Candrea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii

It All Comes Down To One Pitch (Part 1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Introduction – Don’t Tell Me “Nice Try” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PART 1 – TOP JOCKS ARE SCIENTISTS

Chapter 1 – Control the Controllables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

Chapter 2 – The Secret of Progress (Awareness) . . . . . . . . . .17

The Traffic Light Analogy     

All Lights Green (Gathering)

Chapter 3 – Smart Work Routs Hard Work 14-0 (Discipline) . . . .  29       

Chapter 4 – Your Game, Your Zone (Peak Performance) . . . . . .  35

Confident, Not Cocky           

To Care but Not Too Much

PART 2 – ATTITUDE, MEET ALTITUDE

Chapter 5 – She Wants It So Bad (Motivation) . . . . . . . . . . . .  43        

The Energizer Bunny (Relentlessness)

Going Somewhere? (Mission)

Chapter 6 – Champions Look at it This Way (Perspective) . . . .   51

Mistakes Are Good

No Achievement Necessary?!? (Self-Worth)

Chapter 7 – Do Not Respect the Opponent… Respect the Game . 63

Never Ass-u-me

Chapter 8 – Am I Talking To Myself? Am I Good at It? . . . . . . . .  67

Yes is Best

Common Patterns of Trudging Uphill into the Wind

(Distorted or Irrational Self-Talk)      

Oh That Poor, Poor, Super-Talented Kid

The Far From Perfect Perfectionist    

All or Nothing

Never Say Never

Can’t Say Can’t

Hate the Word Hate

                        There’s No Crying in Softball (Catastrophizing)       

No Fair, No Kidding

It’s All My Fault

Balanced Rationality is Bad

Excuses Are Sneaky

Frankly, I Do Give a Damn, but…    

Running Downhill with the Wind (Transforming Self-Talk)

Chapter 9 –Building Swag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  89

            Good is Good; Bad is Good (Optimistic Explanatory Style)

Staying Unstuck on the Fast Track Up

Champions are Coachable

Dump the Slump

Put the Egg Before the Chicken (Confidence Precedes Greatness)  

Chapter 10 - Hyped to the Max (Controlling Performance Anxiety) . .  105

Acting Class   

Body Language Speaks

Tight as a Drum, Loose as a Goose   

Breathe or Die

Don’t Just Win, Be Two Better

Chapter 11 – Achievements in Softball are Fun… and So Are Setbacks . . .   121

PART 3 – GET READY, GET SET

Chapter 12 – Begin with the End in Mind (Imagery) . . . . . .   127

Chapter 13 – I Will Not Be Denied (Preparation) . . . . . . . . . 133

Little is Big, Big is Little (Attention to Details)

Becoming “Clutch”

Illusions of Confidence or True Learning

Chapter 14 – Know Your Job to Do Your Job! . . . . . . . . .  145     

Go Fast, Don’t Crash

No Doubt

Chapter 15 – Success… Guaranteed (Routines) . . . . .  153

Chapter 16 – Instant Improvement (Anchoring) . . . . .  159     

PART 4 – GO!

Chapter 17 – The Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  165

Flush the “Poop:

Don't Try Harder, Try Easier

Chapter 18 – Fine Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  173    

Attend-WHAT? (Dimensions of Attentional Control)

Chapter 19 – Pressure: Yes, Collapse: No . . . . . . . . .   179

Fear of Failure: Universal and Good

Great Expectations

Chapter 20 – Execute! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

PART 5 – NOW WHAT?

Chapter 21 - Accelerating Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Use that Multi-Billion Neuron Brain 

Sorry is a No-No!

The Snowball of Destruction 

Chapter 22 – SMARTer Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Chapter 23 – T.E.A.M. First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

            Form Follows Function… or Dysfunction

            Leaders Inspire Confidence

It All Comes Down To One Pitch (Part 2) . . . . . . . . . .   219

Appendix A – Reflective Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Appendix B – Traffic Light Analogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  222

Appendix C – Eight Mental Skills of Great Athletes Awareness Exercise . .  223

Appendix D – Leadership Evaluation with 360° Feedback . . .  226

Appendix E – Values Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  228

Appendix F – Positive Emotional Flood Exercise . . . . . . . . .  232

Appendix G – Routines for a Specific Game Situation . . . . . . 234

Appendix H – Pre-Game Routine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

Appendix I – Gathering Routine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236

Appendix J – Stop the Day, Start the Game . . . . . . . . . . .  237

Appendix K – Goal Setting Worksheet #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . .  239

Appendix L – Short-Term Goal Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240

Appendix M – Daily and Weekly Goal Log . . . . . . . . . . . . .  241

References and Suggested Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246

 

Candrea Foreward 2013

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