I was recently working with the Baylor Baseball program when they hosted The University of Texas in a three-game series, and I had the privilege of being on the air for the third inning of the telecast. If you recall last week’s video, I broke down the mental game on a FOX National Telecast during a game between The University of Houston and Rice University. Similarly, during this telecast, I go into even more depth and take it to the next level, highlighting how the Bears sharpen their mental… Continue reading
Earlier this season, I had the privilege of being on a Fox National Telecast during a game between two college baseball heavyweights in The University of Houston and Rice University. During this telecast with two of the top analysts in the game, Pat Combs and Bruce Howard, we were able to break down the mental approach used by Todd Whitting’s University of Houston club.
In this video we break down:
- Playing one pitch at a time
- Composure and process on the pitching mound
- Breathing to slow the game down
- Staying… Continue reading
I have had the privilege of working with Dave Serrano, one of the top college baseball coaches in the country since I was a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton in the fall of 2001. Dave has had a tremendous impact on my coaching career. He is one of only eleven college baseball coaches to ever lead two different programs to the College World Series (UC Irvine 2007, Cal State Fullerton 2009) and was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator on the 2004 National Champion Cal State Fullerton team. He was… Continue reading
Guest blog by Clay Chournous.
Now that March Madness is in full swing I am sure all of us can find many aspects of the mental game being talked about and used by the outstanding teams and coaches participating in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Last week ESPN showed a new 30 for 30 episode that highlighted the 1983 N.C. State team’s magical run to the National Championship called “Survive and Advance”. If you haven’t had a chance to see this I highly recommend watching it. While I was watching it… Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to be featured as a guest on Tom Michler’s St. Louis based radio show Mind Games and we discussed The Road Warrior Mentality – How To Win When Playing On The Road. In this interview, we breakdown some very critical aspects of performance including:
- Exorcising the demons and taking possession of a place you have not played well on the road
- Recognizing and releasing the red lights outside of the white lines so you can stay inside them
- Dugout and sideline participation systems to keep your… Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to be on the Mind Games Radio Show again (check out my previous visit). This time we talked about coaching the mental game and program development. In this interview we breakdown some very critical aspects of performance including:
- The role the coach plays in peak performance and mental conditioning
- Building strong belief systems in your athletes
- How coaching happens in everyday life outside of athletics in our families and work places
- Coaching for crossover of skills from athletics to life
I also address the… Continue reading
This podcast is from the Mind Games Radio Show in St. Louis with host and master of the mental game Tom Michler. In this interview we talked about what the mental game is, and what mental conditioning and peak performance training are all about.
Listen as we breakdown some very critical aspects of performance including:
- What it takes to be the best you can be
- Challenges that face athletes making a jump in performance
- How to create confidence when you are not having a lot of success
- How to reframe… Continue reading
John Makdessi knows the mental game of MMA.
“I made it (to the UFC). I had no life. It’s all I did. Learning, training – I let it consume me. It’s all I’d think about. Sometimes it’s just a love-hate relationship. I just had to learn how to re-focus and focus on the present.”
As the pressure mounted, Makdessi suffered back-to-back losses in his next two UFC outings. With the current climate of fighter cuts and shaky job security, he sought out a professional to help get his… Continue reading
This weekend (Saturday, March 16) UFC Welterweight Champion and Master of The Mental Game Georges St. Pierre defends his title vs. #1 contender Nick Diaz. Georges has recently made some beautiful comments in the press about his upcoming fight and I wanted to share three comments that I think relate to you specifically.
#1. “I truly believe that I am the best fighter in the world, but in my sport, the best fighter never wins, it is always the guy who fights the best. Nick Diaz is a very dangerous… Continue reading
I have known Erik Bakich since January of 2007 when he was an assistant baseball coach at Vanderbilt University. He has since been the head coach at The University of Maryland (2010-2012) and took over as the head baseball coach at The University of Michigan in 2013. Bakich is the youngest head baseball coach at a BCS School and is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the game. He recruited and coached David Price, the 2007 MLB #1 overall pick and 2012 MLB AL Cy Young Award… Continue reading