MENTAL TOUGHNESS IN SPORT
This has become a very important aspect in the development of young athletes. Some schools have gone as far as employing sport psychologists to assist the players in ensuring that they are not only physically ready for the competition, but that they are also prepared mentally. From the recent conference on Raising Boys and Girls, research indicated the fact that boys are perceived to be mentally tougher when it came to dealing with challenges that come with participating in sport. In fact, boys go as far as assuming that if the coach provides constructive criticism, that information is for his team mates and not for him. Girls on the other hand tend to internalise these challenges and they take unnecessary ownership of all the constructive criticism. This hampers their progress and often destroys their confidence.
As educators and sport coaches it becomes imperative that we not only coach our sport specific skills but that we also prepare our players to be mentally tough on the sporting field. We need to debunk the perceptions, beliefs, and biases that govern the players mind set as well as the attitudes, if our players are to reach their full potential. Players need to be taught positive self-talk, breathing techniques, refocus techniques and goal setting to mention but a few. Often the battle is lost in their minds way before they have stepped into the sporting arena. Most importantly we need to teach our players that failure is a necessary part of any journey to success.
Congratulations to all our girls who participated in our fixture against Roedean and to the grade 3 and 4 players who played in the Holy Rosary festival this week. We commend all our players on the progress that has been made thus far and it is such a pity that our season draws to an end this week.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 teams at Holy Rosary Festival
Please can I remind our parents the compulsory training dates below for our various age groups. This is to ensure fairness and transparency as we consolidate our teams for our weekly fixtures.
- Grade 3 Wednesday 14h00 – 14h45
- Grade 4 Monday 14h30 – 15h30
- Grade 5 Tuesday 15h00 – 16h00
- Grade 6 Tuesday 14h30 – 15h30
- Grade 7 Monday 15h30 – 16h30
The coaches have been working hard during the past week of Physical Education lessons as well as afternoon lessons to conduct Hockey trials for all players in Grade 4 – 7. Trials will continue this week and our teams for our 1st match will be finalised by end of the week.
Hockey fixtures for the 2018 season
Congratulations to the following players who were announced Captains for their respective sport teams:
- Lilian Turvey (C)
- Paula Prinsloo (VC)
- Anne-Marie Sutherland (C)
- Julia Aspoas (VC)
- Alexa Kohler (C)
- Natalie Morris (VC)
The updated co-curricular will be posted by Wednesday 30Th May 2018.
Sheillah Denenga – Head of Junior School Sport email@example.com