The Mental Coach. Relationships and mind games Liam Clemons Head Coach Boys ’ Cross Country Boys ’ & Girls ’ Distance Trabuco Hills High School CLEMONSL@SVUSD.ORG. A Strong start. All starts with good communication skills LISTEN!!!!!
The Mental Coach
Relationships and mind games
Head Coach Boys’ Cross Country
Boys’ & Girls’ Distance
Trabuco Hills High School
A Strong start
Trust is essential to good communication
How to gain an athlete's trust:
Take a real interest in their lives
Be a chameleon
Explain your workouts and philosophy
Give good feedback
What does service mean?
All athletes, to some extent, want to perform for their coach
Coaches should want to perform for their athletes
Create a culture of service
I try to avoid using the word “my” when talking about the athletes I coach. I tell them that they do not run for me... I coach for them. I try to convey a message that we are at our best when we serve others. I want them to run in the service of each other.
They can be your friend when they graduate college
No Facebook friends
Coaches are like older siblings in the least, but usually more like a parent
Honor that responsibility
My personal mantras:
Always be teaching
Coach the athlete, not the sport
Time to play mind games
Mind games = mental skills training and mental toughness
My goal is to toughen them up
Think like a Jedi and Talk like one too
Trick them into running fast
Start with visualization in a quiet environment
Walk them through a race or the last mile
Talk about the smells and sounds
Use some distractions to test their focus level
Keep them in the moment
After running hundreds of miles, a three-mile race does not sound as difficult. Similarly, after learning to focus and imagine your race with a high level of control and vividness, the athlete is better prepared to focus on race day.
Teaching them how to calm down and gain self control under pressure.
Key is to learn that you can only control yourself. Don't worry about what you can't control.
What is it?
Extreme core work designed to push their pain tolerance level higher.
Long leg lifts
Cross Fit routines *
“Most of the time, the guy that wins isn't faster, he is just more stubborn”
– Bob King, Del Campo HS