Talk with 10 sport psychologists and you will get 10 different lists of the emotional characteristics of exceptional athletes. If your child only plays a sport during structured practices or games, he or she is probably not driven, although that doesn’t mean that drive won’t develop at an older age. John Heil, a Roanoke, Virginia, sport psychologist, warns that great athletes who have such a passion for the sport run the risk of having it define who they are.
Speed endurance training such as interval sprint training commonly used in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and other team sports is also a conditioning activity. Strength and power training (weight training, plyometrics, and sport loading) is the most fatiguing of any program. Late fatigued phase (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday): Training now moves to strength and power training activities (sprint loading, weight training, plyometrics) and speed endurance.
Players need to develop the ability to make tough, playable serves that force the opponent to move. Players can serve against a wall, or serve 20 consecutive balls taken from a carrier over the net and then retrieve the balls and start the drill again. One player serves a flat serve, a floater or topspin, that crosses the net no higher than midway up the antenna.
A standout high school football player and wrestler in Barrington, Illinois, Wood earned a football scholar-ship to the University of Wisconsin. “My passions are combat sports, and football and wrestling are at the top of the list,” said Wood, who has studied all forms of wrestling, from high school to college to the pro ranks in the early days, as few others ever have. Phil set a tremendous example in wrestling tough.
Good communication helps to ensure player safety, create an efficient defense, and develop trust and confidence among teammates. Ensure Safety Perhaps the most important role communication plays on the practice or game field involves safety. On bunt defenses, double-play balls, rundowns, pop flies, ground balls, passed balls, wild pitches and wild throws, the need for cooperation is paramount.
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