Here's Why You Choke...

By Eric Brown, Outside Magazine It's been six months since the Denver Broncos got walloped in Super Bowl XLVIII, and you can bet that Peyton and Co. are still trying to make sen[...]

NFL Tries to Change Locker Room Culture

Every player will attend human resources seminars in the next month By Eliana Dockterman @edockterman, Time.com and Peter King of MMQB.com The NFL kicked off its effort Monday [...]

Stress and the Struggling Athlete

It's not just mental. Even mild amounts of anxiety and stress can subvert your performance. By: ELLE METZ, Outside.com You’re lying in bed, and you suddenly start worrying. It co[...]

Gruden in Teddy Bridgewater's Mental Toughness

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando went to Orlando, Fla., to watch Jon Gruden's QB Camp taping with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Sando has written up Gruden's biggest takeawa[...]

Utah's New OC Trains Team to Be "Unflappable"

By Stephanie Pelton, Ute Review For the University of Utah football team, it’s another football season, another Offensive Coordinator. Along with that usually comes a new offens[...]

Does Success Build Confidence?

By Garret Kramer Here’s some misinformation that I’ve heard while watching sports programs over the past few months: “Success creates confidence.” This morning, for instan[...]

Patriots Practice Resiliency

By Shalise Manza Young, Boston Globe FOXBOROUGH — When Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio and the rest of the Patriots’ personnel staff build the roster from season to season, they[...]

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Mental Chatter

How often have you heard these? "We choked today." "We started out flat." "We played down to our competition." Or these "We were in the zone." "Things just clicked." "It was as if [...]

Improve Your Thought Pattern

How you think will affect how you act. Improve your thougth patterns and you'll improve your play. It's not enough to say, "think more positively" or "just stop negative thought pa[...]

Ego & Self-Talk

Ego is the main cause of this negative mind chatter. We're all ego-maniacs in that ego is often the driving force of our actions and reactions. Many of us will say we play sports f[...]

Globalizing Thoughts

Coaches, you've seen and heard this scenario before -- a player misses a tackle, kicks the dirt, puts his head down and says "I stink!" (or worse.) In his head, he's gone from obse[...]

Culture

There’s a certain aura that winning, championship teams have to them. They have rich traditions and seem to have success come naturally to them. Even when they aren’t overly-talent[...]

Team Building

The qualities of successful teams include: (1) A clear mission statement or set of objectives. (2) Commitment of each member of the team. (3) An efficient leader or captai[...]

The Sports Commitment Model

How do you increase commitment among athletes?  Tara Scanlan, Professor & Director of the International Center for Talent Development (UCLA) says there are five main factors. I[...]

Goal Setting for Athletes

Blake Respini looks at the importance of setting goals and explains his approach with his athletes Goal setting is a crucial component of any successful athletic program for wit[...]

Effective Goal Setting

Principles of Effective Goal Setting (from Eva V. Monsma, Ph.D., University of South Carolina) 1. Make goals specific, observable and measurable 2. Clearly identify the time [...]

Gameday Routine

MENTAL TOUGHNESS TRAINING MANUAL FOR FOOTBALL John Lefkowits, Ph.D. David R. McDuff, M.D. Joseph W. Mullen, D.O. PRECOMPETITIVE ROUTINE. Develop a consistent precompetitive [...]

Gameday Preperation

Many athletes use special psychological procedures to prepare themselves on competition day. The following exercises will help you develop your own competition-day routine and achi[...]

Pump Up for the Game?

Pump Them Up or Back Off? For optimal performance, an athlete needs to have an optimal level of arousal specific to their sport. A coach (or parent) that understands arousal can he[...]

Relaxation Techniques

From Ron Jones www.ronjones.org “High-Performance Health” Get Fit. Be Strong. Relaxation is directly related to arousal and the Inverted ‘U’ Hypothesis. Relaxation can lower aro[...]

Mastering Different Types of Focus

Excepts from Ron Jones "High Performance Health" and Ron Jenkins' Top Gun QB Academy Think of focus as a band width. Sometimes an athlete needs to attend to a broad width, but o[...]

Rituals to Put Mistakes Behind You

Develop rituals that allow players to quickly move on after making mistakes. From Coach Toon You’ve seen this scene countless times during school competitions: a player makes a [...]

Body Language of a Losing Team

Examples Head down and a slow jog off the field after an INT. The coach crosses his arms and shakeds his head. Players screeming at each other. Less eye contact in the hu[...]

Distractions - Crowd, Weather, Coaches...

From Ron Jones at www.ronjones.com Arousal & Tunneling In general, high arousal levels default to narrow attentional width. A narrow attention width is called “tunneling.[...]

Gameday Routine

MENTAL TOUGHNESS TRAINING MANUAL FOR FOOTBALL John Lefkowits, Ph.D. David R. McDuff, M.D. Joseph W. Mullen, D.O. PRECOMPETITIVE ROUTINE. Develop a consistent precompetitive [...]

Gameday Preperation

Many athletes use special psychological procedures to prepare themselves on competition day. The following exercises will help you develop your own competition-day routine and achi[...]

Pump Up for the Game?

Pump Them Up or Back Off? For optimal performance, an athlete needs to have an optimal level of arousal specific to their sport. A coach (or parent) that understands arousal can he[...]

Relaxation Techniques

From Ron Jones www.ronjones.org “High-Performance Health” Get Fit. Be Strong. Relaxation is directly related to arousal and the Inverted ‘U’ Hypothesis. Relaxation can lower aro[...]

Mastering Different Types of Focus

Excepts from Ron Jones "High Performance Health" and Ron Jenkins' Top Gun QB Academy Think of focus as a band width. Sometimes an athlete needs to attend to a broad width, but o[...]

Rituals to Put Mistakes Behind You

Develop rituals that allow players to quickly move on after making mistakes. From Coach Toon You’ve seen this scene countless times during school competitions: a player makes a [...]

Body Language of a Losing Team

Examples Head down and a slow jog off the field after an INT. The coach crosses his arms and shakeds his head. Players screeming at each other. Less eye contact in the hu[...]

Distractions - Crowd, Weather, Coaches...

From Ron Jones at www.ronjones.com Arousal & Tunneling In general, high arousal levels default to narrow attentional width. A narrow attention width is called “tunneling.[...]

Fear Reduction

You coach big, strong, confident athletes. What could they possibly be afraid of? Plenty. •Fear of losing •Fear of winning •Fear of letting their teammates down •Fear of discov[...]

Decision-Making

Excerpts from Chris at SmartFootball.com Very rarely does a football player use their "rational brain" during a game the way solving a math problem would. Jonah Lehrer, in his b[...]

Resilience

Resilience involves maintaining flexibility and balance in your coaching as you deal with stressful events and circumstances. It involves stepping forward and taking action to deal[...]

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Gameday Routine

MENTAL TOUGHNESS TRAINING MANUAL FOR FOOTBALL John Lefkowits, Ph.D. David R. McDuff, M.D. Joseph W. Mullen, D.O. PRECOMPETITIVE ROUTINE. Develop a consistent precompetitive [...]

Gameday Preperation

Many athletes use special psychological procedures to prepare themselves on competition day. The following exercises will help you develop your own competition-day routine and achi[...]

Pump Up for the Game?

Pump Them Up or Back Off? For optimal performance, an athlete needs to have an optimal level of arousal specific to their sport. A coach (or parent) that understands arousal can he[...]

Relaxation Techniques

From Ron Jones www.ronjones.org “High-Performance Health” Get Fit. Be Strong. Relaxation is directly related to arousal and the Inverted ‘U’ Hypothesis. Relaxation can lower aro[...]

Fear Reduction

You coach big, strong, confident athletes. What could they possibly be afraid of? Plenty. •Fear of losing •Fear of winning •Fear of letting their teammates down •Fear of discov[...]

Practice Pressure

If you practice the situations that cause you fear, you get habituated to them. Practice makes things routine, and routine takes away the pressure. When you practice pressure situa[...]

Decision-Making

Excerpts from Chris at SmartFootball.com Very rarely does a football player use their "rational brain" during a game the way solving a math problem would. Jonah Lehrer, in his b[...]

How to Mentally Care for Injuries Part 2

Excerpts from Track and Field Society "Sports Psychology" Athletes have a strong sense of body awareness, and take great pride in the capabilities of their bodies. Thus, injurie[...]

Mental Chatter

How often have you heard these? "We choked today." "We started out flat." "We played down to our competition." Or these "We were in the zone." "Things just clicked." "It was as if [...]

Coach Jim Rettew

While I coached primarily in Australia, I'm American and live in Minnesota.

Australia National Team Offensive Coordinator
  • Team went on to play in the World Cup 2011
Victoria State Defensive Coordinator
  • Allowed less than 9 points a game average
Western Crusaders Assistant Coach
  • Undefeated season including winning the State Championship
Overall Record 40-16

Jim Rettew coaching the Australian National Football Team Gridiron Australia Outback Team    
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