PUTTING GAME PRESSURE INTO PRACTICE
1. What makes games different than practice?
2. Make these factors present in your practices.
3. YOU MUST OUT PRACTICE THE OTHER TEAMS!!!!
4. INTENSITY — is not emotion
• Happy Gilmore
• Intensity is purpose. It's focus on that purpose without ANY distractions at all!!
• It's NOT hard work — it's doing the RIGHT WORK!!
5. BIG GAMES — if you have to "crank it up a notch" for the big game, than you were 1/2assing it prior —you were 1/2assing it in practice.
6. Peak Performance is not about focus — it's about RE-FOCUS:
• When you're playing against the best, you're going to get your bell rung. Our job is to help players prepare for that and practice making adjustments.
7. Practice just "PLAYING SOFTBALL":
• If you tell your players to just "see the ball, hit the ball" than when do you practice that?
• Or, is it always "frontside", "hands to the ball", "keep your weight back"...
8. Find the Black Box:
• After a loss, what did you learn?
• You've got to find the black box, and sometimes, that by itself is hard enough!
• Then, open it (examine your loss) and LEARN from it.
• Following a major airline crash, the FAA searches for the Black Box in order to learn to prevent the crash in the future, NOT to be able to YELL at the pilots or their families!
9. What's your purpose today?
• "I'm going to work hard" — SORRY, not good enough!
10."PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD"—Ken Ravizza
• Heart Surgeon: It doesn't have to be a perfect stitch, it just has to be a good one. (In a heart transplant, it takes 20 stitches with the new heart. The first 16 are easy — the last 4 are life or death. They don't have to be "perfect", just good. The patient can die waiting for the surgeon to make the "perfect" stitch.)
• Astronauts: Practice in simulators — real situations. All astronauts are deathly sick at first, but they have to perform anyway. NASA doesn't care how they "feel", it...