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Through Levels: Mental Toughness
By Paul Assaiante
Conversely, in competition, one must take the pressure off! Relax, expect the match to be very tough - stay in a calm place. One needs to be able to make “in match” adjustments. If one gets emotional, that person becomes incapable of seeing what is actually going on and thereby becomes unable to make the corrections.
Billy Jean King once told me that, as a coach, “body language will tell you everything you need to know!” She was absolutely right. Pay attention to your body language. If it is negative, it sends your opponent the message that you are in trouble. Even if you are struggling, keep your head up, your chest out and walk around like a proud stallion.
I always worry about our players becoming
victimized by the phrase “paralysis by analysis.”—KISS: keep it simple
stupid! Have a basic strategy! High from in back and low from in front,
allows you to play with the percentages. In competition do not over
think. Remember this game is based upon the retrieval of a dead ball.
Therefore focus on moving back to the T and moving efficiently to the
Work hard, be brave, have fun.
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