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. -Developing specific strategies for developing mental toughness. - Preparing for tournaments 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 member of Pickleball Coaching International. He has also done training with two Olympic team psychologists and was a founding member of the Victoria Regional Pickleball Association and served as its first vice-president.
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 91% of participants have rated this clinic as “excellent”. 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