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Handling Pressure
Submitted By Bantam AAA HC on Friday, August 26, 2016

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some idea’s to assist players to help with Mental Training:


Positive Self Talk – repeating positive statements to yourself prior to performance.

Or repeating key phrases: For example, “Be First”, “Play Smart”, or for a goalie “Play Big”. 



Imagery – using all your senses to create, or recreate in your mind a successful event and

imagining the elation that you feel.  This should be part of any pre-game ritual.



Relaxation -- replace negative thoughts by thoughts that give you comfort, hope and optimism.

Before or during a game, this helps players who are anxious or nervous.

Controlled breathing techniques -- Take a deep breath, relax and envision something that gives you comfort.



Controlling Emotions – let positive emotions overpower negative ones.



Mental Toughness – being able to withstand adversity and criticism and not become despondent.

Do not take constructive criticism personally.



Goal Setting – set realistic goals for yourself. Write them down and review regularly.

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