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Volume 6 Issue 2
February 2013

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Mental Preparation
Team-First Mentality
Improve Team Performance
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In this issue: John Ellsworth's article provides six tips to help athletes be more mentally prepared. An excerpt from Brian Gotta's book Winning Secrets will help you turn players into team players. And Olan Suddeth comes through again, this time with advice on correcting "superstar" behavior.

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Six Objectives for Mental PreparationJohn Ellsworth

By John Ellsworth

I have been using mental preparation strategies for my clients for many years. There are many places a mental preparation strategy can and will work. Students use them to prepare for a critical exam. Athletes use them to prepare for a game or performance, and business executives can use them before they deliver a very important presentation. Read Article

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Brian Gotta

Developing a "Team-First" Mentality

By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck


I remember once when I saw a kid walking off the field after his game. I asked him, "How did you do?" He said, "I threw a one-hitter but they made a bunch of errors and let in some runs. I had a home run though." I guess he didn't realize I wasn't asking how he did personally, but how the team had done. Read Article

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Olan Suddeth

Bench Your Players to Improve Your Team
by Olan Suddeth


Ever had a player who knew he was more talented than most and used his ability as an excuse to give less than 100%? Here are several great tips you can use as a coach to improve the behavior and effort of your team's "superstar". Read Article

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