Sport Psyche

May 7, 2013
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If you can figure out what goes on in the mind of a teenager, you can make a mint by writing a book about the process. Why can some kids go to the line in the last 10 seconds of a game and write beautiful music with the rippling of the nets while another kid with just as much talent goes to the line and throws up a brick. Most of it occurs above the shoulders and between the ears. Any coach with any kind of talent can make the x’s and o’s work, but the real winners can get inside a kid’s head and make him/her believe they are world beaters. Selling a kid on his/her ability is the real art. John Wooden cornered this market, but many less known people work tirelessly in high schools all over the USA and do the same thing in lesser known programs. Coach Bader did this for years at Harrison Ohio High School with his baseball program. He won more games in his career than most of those high profile private schools in Cincinnati. The wrestling program at Milan is another one of these programs. Coach Durham did this with his cross country program at South Ripley for years. All these guys used what the school provided and then convinced their athletes they could win and do it year after year. As a coach, you have to be a friend, a father figure, and their mentor. Most of all, you need to make your ideas gospel in their eyes. While doing this, you still have to run a tight ship. If I were smarter, I would probably write a book on it.

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