Author: Craig Sigl

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  • Should Kids Get Trophies for Participation? (Sep 23rd, 2014)

    I know I’m going to get some flack for this, but I strongly believe that youth sports programs should give kids trophies just for completing a season.

    Yes, I’ve heard all of the arguments a thousand times as to why we shouldn’t … such as the idea that we are somehow “teaching that everyone is the same.”

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  • Confidence Is Overrated (Sep 9th, 2014)

    I have worked with hundreds of athletes who come to me for “lack of confidence” or “low confidence” in their performances.

    Well, what if I told you that the truth about confidence is … You don’t need it.

    Not even a shred of it is necessary for brilliant performances in any sport or field. Yep, that’s right, you don’t need any confidence to compete to your potential greatness.

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  • Build Self-Trust and Bring Out a Better Athlete (Jun 10th, 2014)

    By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer for Athletes

    Although lacrosse is the example used in this story, athletes of any sport can benefit from building self-trust.

    Bill is a mid-fielder on his high school lacrosse team. Ever since he was introduced to it at the age of 10, he has been totally enthralled with mastering the sport.  He actually enjoys some of the drills and practices that his teammates find boring.  He loves working out and conditioning himself to improve his stamina, as he knows it makes him a better player. Bill’s coach taught him early that lacrosse players need to be constantly moving in order to be effective.

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  • Should I Let My Kid Quit Sports? (May 6th, 2014)

    By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer for Athletes

    As an expert working with kids in sports, I get the question often from parents: “Should I let my kid quit sports?”  Here’s a typical email I receive from a parent:

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  • What Is Performance Anxiety And What Can We Do About It? (Apr 10th, 2014)

    By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer.

    Thousands of times a day, worldwide, a child or teenage athlete wakes up on game day with a huge knot in his or her stomach.  As they go through their pre-game routine, their tension and nervousness build up and their thoughts run wild turning to worry and then anxiety:
    “I have to play well today.”
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  • How Athletes Can Stop Choking Under Pressure (Mar 25th, 2014)

    By Craig Sigl, Mental Toughness Trainer

    It’s the 1986 World Series and the Boston Red Sox are winning by 2 runs in the last inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on the batter. They win this game over the Mets and they win the World Series.  Bill Buckner, the first baseman, has a very easy, slow ground ball hit to him that goes through his legs and goes down as one of the worst chokes of all time.  The Mets rally and go on to win the World Series.

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