Tag Archive: mental skills

Jul 31

OODA Loop–Tool for Teaching Decision Making in Sport


For years I have been a big fan and practitioner of the OODA Loop. The OODA Loop was developed in the late 1960s by US Air Force Colonel John Boyd to help train fighter pilots during the Vietnam War. But know I want to talk about it in the context of sport and how it …

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Jul 24

New Goal Setting Ideas

I came across a great new idea regarding goal setting for athletes while reading Lynn Kidman and Stephanie Hanrahan’s book “The Coaching Process; A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach 3rd Ed” this week. They have some great ideas about learning objectives which I think can be tied into goal setting so bear …

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Mar 11

Be Who We Be

“Be who we be. If we be who we ain’t, we ain’t who we be.” I said this to my team once in a pregame speech. What I wanted them to understand was that if we expected to be successful and reach the goals we set for ourselves, we would need to consistently be at …

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Mar 06

The Power of Visualization & the Beatles

In the opening seconds of the Beatles song, , you can hear John Lennon providing instruction, “…picture your fingers.” I love that–the Beatles using visualization techniques to do their magic! Of course, the best recording of that song has to be the roof top concert version–the last time the Beatles played together in public. See …

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Jan 05

Are You Visually Impaired?

“Seeing is believing.” At least that’s the creed some people live by. But what about the reverse, “Believing is seeing?” We talk about visualization to our players hoping to help them be successful, yet how many times do we coaches practice that? Most of the time we concentrate so much on helping our players improve …

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