A tennis coaches perception vs reality

 In Coaches, Motivation, Tennis

cooler junger mann sportlich mit tennisschlägerI train a lot of tennis coaches and I also work with amateur and professional tennis players. From both sides I hear a lot of chatter about what coaches think (perception) is going on with their athletes and how that translates to the athlete. By the end of practice, some of my tennis players aren’t really sure what they are suppose to be doing. Why? Because their perception is completely different and they sometimes don’t know what to do with the feedback that comes from coaches.

One of my professional tennis came me a little bit of an anxious wreck. After a year together she was less anxious and much more confident, calm and relaxed but then she started with working with coaches gave her a ton of physical things to think about during a match (which is not the time to think) which made it impossible to use her mental training and she went back to being an anxious wreck.

See if some of these sound familiar:

Coach
Choking:Why can’t you keep it together till the end of the match?
Not playing like practice:Why don’t you  play like you practice?
Thinking too much:Where’s your head today?
Too many unforced errors/lost points:You were getting to the shots but you weren’t making them!
Getting tight:You need to loosen up!

 

In actuality here’s what’s happening:

 

Coach Mental Skill Deficiency
Choking:Why can’t you keep it together till the end of the match? Lack of resilience
Not playing like practice:Why don’t you  play like you practice? Lack of confidence
Thinking too much:Where’s your head today? Lack of positive thinking
Too many unforced errors/lost points:You were getting to the shots but you weren’t making them! Lack of focus
Getting tight:You need to loosen up! Lack of self-regulation

 

How do you think a coaches perception translates: what’s wrong with you? You need to practice harder! You need to practice longer! And athletes do but nothing really changes. What is really behind some of these tennis specific challenges? Lack of resiliency. Lack of confidence, Lack of positive thinking. Lack of focus. Coaches need to be able to think a little bit deeper: what’s beneath the manifestation?

Until coaches are able to understand that what they see and how they see it is not reality for their athlete, athletes are going to continue to be marginalized as lazy and unmotivated further pushing the athlete into a downward spiral. Every wonder why some athletes just don’t get improve? They don’t have mental game!

If you are a tennis coach, join me on Monday, March 2nd, 4-5 pm PST for my Beating the Tennis Demons Coaching System – Practitioner Level™

Happy end of February!

Dr. Michelle

Dr. Michelle Cleere
In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, Dr. Michelle Cleere helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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