MEET MANAGEMENT / MINDSET

Mindset is a powerful thing. It can be priceless when it comes to meets. As a coach I try to train all my throwers to be so confident in their ability and work ethic that when they step off the bus at a meet, everyone of them should feel like they are about to win that meet. Now clearly that is impossible because only one of them can technically win, but regardless of where they are on the team’s depth chart they should each feel like they are about to explode and win this meet with a PR. I want my team to be the one that when our bus pulls in, those throwers from other teams groan because they know they are in for a bad day in the ring. This type of mentality can beat athletes and entire teams before you even step off the bus. All you have to do is plant the smallest seed of doubt in certain athletes’ heads and it will throw their whole day off. Is this a little cut throat in nature? Off course it is but if we are talking about the success of our athletes and them reaching their maximum potential then yes, unfortunately someone else has to lose. This is also a great concept to understand so that you can ensure that your athletes don’t fall victim to this same idea. You need to train each one of your athletes regardless of ability, to step in the ring and have zero doubt in their mind that they are about to have an amazing throw. As a coach you may already know that even if that thrower does their best today that they stand no chance of scoring in the meet, but that is ok because as a coach our goal should be to make every athlete successful. However, if that athlete steps in the ring and is clearly nervous or is intimidated by a huge throw that occurred right before them I can promise that 9/10 times they will not throw as well as they should be able to. In addition there is a distinct difference between being cocky and being confident. All of your throwers should feel great going into a meet and into the ring because they are confident that they put in the right amount of time and effort necessary to do well in competition.