Plan for the Worst, Finish First!

Think like the old boy and girl scouts motto–“Be Prepared”! If you are thrown a curve when least expecting, it could create havoc with your concentration. I have seen almost every dirty trick in the book. From hitting a guy in the face with an overhead to win a seniors title, to walking across a more »

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Mental Problem? Or Practice Problem?

Mental toughness is a phrase bandied about rather liberally. I have had many athletes come to me with a reputation of poor mental concentration. In almost every case I found it was not a mental problem, but a practice problem. If you are not logging your hours on the court, you will not be performing more »

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Distraction Action

Distractions distractions distractions-How do you deal with them 101? Here is a tip I first heard from a handball champion in the 60s. “Never take your eye off the ball, even during timeouts and between games.” I tried that and it worked! Let me explain why (at least for me) When I looked outside the more »

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Coaching Rules!

“Treat everyone the same!” Say what? My eyebrows went up on that one. My 29 years of experience in classroom teaching, football coaching, and tennis, not to mention racquetball has taught me the opposite. I do not treat everyone alike. Scenario: Coach has a rule–miss a practice and you do not play. Troubled youth, troubled more »

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Win, don’t Whine!

Wow–I saw a post months ago that generated a ton of responses. It went something like this: WRT players had to play extra matches in an IRT tournament and it was not fair. Then the conspiracy theorists started that the IRT is conspiring against the WRT players. My take on this and remember, I coach more »

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How does One Coach Reach More?

A year ago it was a big day in Winterton Racquetball. My first player signed up for Thomas Carter! Thomas will be teaching his new student the things we do including the secret sauce. When this young man starts moving up the racquetball chain I will ask Thomas to write up a tip of the more »

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