Are you Serious

There comes a point in an athlete’s career when he or she decides to strive to reach a higher level of performance. Maybe it’s trying out for the select team, committing to making your college team, or even setting the goal to play professionally. As we...

Mental Skills for Baseball

Mental Skills for Baseball As the chill of winter slowly gives way to sunshine and warmer weather, baseball and softball players around the country are beginning to get ready for the upcoming season. Spring training, from the pros down to Little Leagues, means working...

MENTALLY STRONG AND BALANCED

Bowling is a Mental Sport Bowling is a mental sport. Very few accomplished bowlers would argue with this statement. Then why is it that when a bowler is attempting to improve their game, they pursue more revs or the hottest new equipment, rather than mental skills?...

Taking A Break

Taking A Break  Whenever we hear stories about an elite athlete and their rise to stardom, without fail we hear about the tireless devotion to their sport and hours upon hours of practice.  We are led to believe that they eat, drink, and sleep their sport, and it is...

Understanding And Avoiding Choking Under Pressure

If you are a golf fan, you no doubt watched or read about Rory McIlroy.  If you didn’t, he is the young Irish golfer who was leading this year’s Master’s tournament by four strokes going into the final round.  Following rounds of 65, 69, and 70...

Mental Roadblocks: An Autobiography

Mental Roadblocks As a child, bowling was my passion.  I practiced every chance I could, attended camps, and took in every bit of information that my coach was willing to share.  I bowled in several leagues each year, and my Dad drove me to tournaments all over the...

Understanding And Overcoming Performance Anxiety – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 in the series “Understanding and Overcoming Performance Anxiety.”  So far we have discussed the basics of performance anxiety as well as reducing the cognitive load of the athletic task so that performance is less likely to be adversely...