Get Your Head in the Game:  Mental Skills Training to Bring Your Game to the Next Level

Thursday, October 5th, 2017.  From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Lee Memorial Library,  500 W Crescent Ave, Allendale, NJ 07401

John E. Macri, Ph.D., CC-AASP , a clinical and sport psychologist, from New Jersey Clinical and Sport Psychology in Ridgewood, NJ will present to athletes, coaches, and parents on the benefits of incorporating psychological skills training (PST) into your practice regimen.

Topics to Include:

  1. Maintaining Optimal Energy– On game day, an athlete needs to be at a moderate level of “activation”, not too pumped up nor too relaxed. More often than not, we are too anxious. At this workshop, you will learn to cope with game day jitters.
  2. Positive Self- Talk– Athletes will learn how maintain a positive mental attitude and find expressions that facilitate performance in stressful moments.  They will also learn how to avoid “What if” statements that lead to negative emotions.
  3. Establishing Achievable and Specific Goals. Too often athletes pick global goals that lack specificity. On the way to State Finals, an athlete needs to set SMART goals. At this workshop, we will learn how to create process oriented goals that lead to better performance in practice and on game day.
  4. Present Focus–Past and future focus take us out of the present game.  This workshop will teach you how to focus on your present performance and the most important factors in it. “You don’t want to be looking in the rear view mirror, or looking far up the road into the future”.
  5. Performance Review–Parents and coaches will also learn how to speak constructively about performance after the event is over. At this workshop, you will learn how to discuss (2 and 1) two things that you did well and one thing that you can make improvements on.