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  (Loud adult noise from the sidelines) “Shoot the ball! Kick it! Come on Billy; for   God’s sake shoot it! (The 10 year old who’s related to the voice nervously tries to
The BIGGEST secret to you playing your best when it counts the most is learning how to keep yourself CALM and COMPOSED. If you allow yourself to get too nervous or too excited right before or during a competition, then your muscles will tighten up, you’ll lose your confidence and your play will go right down the tubes! This is what it means toCHOKE! The athlete gets so nervous that he/she ends up performing tight and tentatively — a mere shadow of his or her normal self!
What every athlete, coach and parent needs to know about going to the next level! For any athlete to become a champion, which to means going as far as possible in their sport, it takes a total team effort behind them. Without the appropriate support and guidance of coaches and parents, real success in sports is virtually impossible! The key here is that each member of the ATHLETE-PARENT-COACH team “play” the right role, and play it to the very best of their abilities! When each member of the “team” plays their appropriate role, the athlete's chances of turning their dream into a reality go...
Choking Under Pressure: Why It Happens and What You Can Do To Avoid It. As the number one singles player at my college, I was four points away from easily winning my first Conference Tennis Championship. I was about to serve for the title and I had dominated the entire match. I was loose, confident and unstoppable. I was to be crowned the best tennis player in our conference.....that is, until they brought out the awards table and set it by the side of the court during our last changeover! Suddenly my entire headset and focus shifted. I started thinking about winning, what that would mean...

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