Mental skills training can improve performance for any athlete. Playing “in the zone” can be a magical thing!
Developing a plan to increase mental toughness can help you reach the next level and improve your ability to play under pressure. The goal of this session is to develop specific mental/emotional skills to improve your game.
Participants will learn about:
-Creating a mindset for improvement. -Understanding “deliberate practice”. -Performing under pressure and calming nerves. -Recovering from mistakes. -Preventing the “choke”. -Recognize and avoid mental traps that diminish performance. -Specific strategies for developing mental toughness. Through the use of research from neuroscience and sport psychology, stories, video, humour and rich conversation with peers, participants will be actively engaged throughout the 3 hour classroom session.
Denis Harrigan ( M.Ed) is a Sessional Instructor at The University of Victoria (Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies) and President of D.Harrigan Associates, a company helping organizations and individuals perform under pressure and find balance.
Denis is a certified IPTPA instructor/coach and a 4.0 player. He was a founding member of the Victoria Regional Pickleball Association and served as its first vice-president. He has also done training with two Olympic team psychologists. He has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, coach, principal and workshop presenter. Denis has presented at provincial and national conferences where his sense of humour and dynamic presentation style consistently earn "excellent" ratings. He has a lifelong fascination with learning, the brain, and human performance and, as well as pickleball, loves music, coaching and hanging out with his grandkids. For more information contact; firstname.lastname@example.org Comments from past participants: -“really enjoyed your relaxed presentation style and your openness to asking questions” - “loved the strategies for overcoming choking” - “It was well balanced and fun. Kept my attention throughout” - “I can use these strategies in other areas of my life as well as on the pickleball court” - “helped to change my attitudes on mistakes” - “great timing, never dull, excellent examples and videos” - “excellent strategies for dealing with nerves and pressure" - in a recent tournament we were down 9-0; after using some of your strategies we were able to come back and win 11-9!"
As a certified IPTPA instructor and coach I am available for individual or group (1 to 8 teacher/student ratio) instruction. If you are interested in moving your game to the next level contact me at email@example.com