Mental Training and Team Building for Youth Sports Programs
- Helping teams, coaches, and athletes develop a championship mindset
- Designed for high school, middle school, and youth sports teams
- Group activities that develop a mission, direction, cohesion, and trust
- Teaching mental training strategies that enhance individual and team success in cooperative, fun, and meaningful ways
- Identifying qualities, characteristics, and responsibilities for positive leadership
The mission of Aspire Higher Sports
To teach young athletes the power of believing and trusting in themselves.
To teach mental skills strategies that lead to a positive mental mindset.
To learn how to program your subconscious mind for success.
To help athletes and teams become more successful in competition.
To help athletes expand both their mental and physical abilities to achieve more success in sports and in life.
MENTAL TRAINING TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Characteristics of championship teams and athletes
- Goal setting and action plans for teams or individuals
- Understanding the mind - body connection in performance
- Using relaxation, visualization and mental imagery to improve performance
- Understanding and controlling mental focus
- Utilizing performance routines to develop consistency
- Techniques to help build and maintain confidence
- Emotional states and how they impact performance
- Overcoming doubt and fear with belief and trust
- Making adjustments during performance
- Leadership within a team and group cohesiveness
TEAM BUILDING TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Evaluation of team’s strengths and areas to improve.
- Identifying team’s core mission, what it takes to be a championship team.
- Team’s core foundation – identify your vision.
- Goals – what do we want to accomplish?
- Building team chemistry – teamwork toward a common goal.
- Leadership and group cohesiveness, trust.
- Communication and dealing with conflict.
UNDERSTANDING THE COLLEGE RECRUITING PROCESS – INFO & TIPS
- Types of college programs and governing organizations
- NCAA I, II, and III, NAIA, Junior College/Community College
- Academic requirements – NCAA Eligibility Center, NAIA Eligibility Center
- Scholarships and financial aid
- Factors the athlete should consider in selecting a school
- Steps to take to promote yourself
- Other tips and advice
TEAM TRAINING PROGRAMS
Interactive sessions can be designed to work with your team’s specific needs.
Determine a time frame. Programs can be designed from one and a half to three hour sessions.
Prioritize 3 to 5 topics to focus on that meet your team’s specific needs.
Sessions can be conducted in a classroom, gym, or on a field.
Can be done before or after practice or as a separate session.
Cost will be determined by length and number of teams or athletes participating.
One team of 12 to 15 athletes for: one and a half hours = $200; two hours = $250; three hours = $300
For 2 teams at one time. Cost $15/athlete for a two hour session.
Discounts available for larger numbers of athletes or teams.
EXAMPLE OF A TWO HOUR PLUS SESSION
Two and a half hour session 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Focus: Team building, communication within the team, and improving individual confidence.
Each topic will have either an individual, small group, or team interactive activities associated with it.
1:00 – 1:20 Introduction activity – What is mental skills training? How improves performance.
1:20 – 1:45 Understanding the impact that thoughts and self-talk have on performance, “I ams”
1:45 – 2:00 Emotional states, traffic light exercise
2:00 – 2:15 Focus and performance routines
2:15 – 2:40 Championship teams, team strengths, areas to improve, goal setting
2:40 – 3:00 Relaxation and visualization
3:00 – 3:30 Understanding the college recruiting process, finding the right college for you
BIO ON KAREN LINDER, DIRECTOR OF ASPIRE HIGHER SPORTS
Karen Linder has 33 years of head college coaching experience at the Division I, II, and NAIA levels where she experienced success in both softball and basketball. She has accumulated more than 900 wins as a college coach and has coached 11 Academic All Americans and 6 All Americans. Linder spent 33 years coaching softball at Kent State University, Ashland University, and Union College and 13 years coaching basketball while at Ashland University, Union College, and Eastern Kentucky University. Winning Conference Championships and Coach of the Year honors at all three schools, Linder attributes her winning success to the mental skills training that she implemented with her teams in both sports. As a college athlete at Otterbein University, Linder played volleyball, basketball, and softball. “My goal is to help athletes of all ages improve their performance, confidence, and enjoyment of the game. Mental skills training can teach athletes how to expand their abilities, to become more consistent, to improve their confidence, and how to perform better under pressure. I want to share the winning mental training techniques that pro and Olympic athletes use with athletes and teams of all sports.
PARTICIPATING IN AN ASPIRE HIGHER SEMINAR CAN HELP ATHLETES & TEAMS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE BY:
Learning to play more relaxed, confident, and trustful.
Understanding how to use self-talk and focus to enhance performance.
Being aware of emotional states, how they impact performance, and how to control them.
Letting go of mistakes by releasing, resetting, and reprogramming the subconscious mind.
Developing routines to play in the positive performance zone.