October 19, 2017
WYC 132 – Mental Toughness – Christian Buck talks Goalies having a ‘Bring it’ Mentality
Chris Buck, President of Get It Done Consulting (www.getitdoneconsulting.net), has his Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology and is a Certified Consultant and member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He has consulted with professional and amateur athletes alike, implementing mental conditioning programs in a wide variety of sports, including lacrosse, golf, tennis, soccer, basketball, track/field, crew, fencing, hockey, and baseball.
Coach Buck works with multiple NCAA lacrosse programs as a Sport Psychology Consultant to the team as well as a Goalie Psychology Specialist. He is also the Goalie Psychology Specialist for G3 Lacrosse.
Chris is the author of “Thinking Inside the Crease,” a book describing how to become a mentally tough dominant goalie. He also wrote the Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 goalie coaching certification materials for US Lacrosse.
Chris grew up and played lacrosse in Wilton, CT, winning two state championships during his time there and finished his four-year high school career with a 46-1 record as the starting goalie. After high school, he played lacrosse at Ithaca College.
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‘What you believe is more important that what is objectively the case’ – Albert Bendora
- Chris coached a girls team, and didn’t know the difference in the rules between boys and girls rules, so he was telling the girls the wrong things
- Grades are just as important as on-the-field skills to earn a scholarship!
- Remove self-limitations, believe you can accomplish huge things. ‘What you believe is more important that what is objectively the case’ – Albert Bendora
- The physiological affects of fear cause you get into Fight or Flight mode. Chris teaches his goalies to develop a fight mode, ‘bring it!’ “Let’s see how many bruises you can get”
- Focus on doing your job, not on impressing others or getting the win
- Don’t provide physical solutions to mental problems
- When making goalie changes – communicate! Even if you are just wanting to get someone else some playing time, they may view a switch as them getting benched. Talk to them about exactly what is going on. Something as simple as ‘Wasn’t your best game, but you’re still my guy.’
Practicing in a game-like environment
- Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent
- Ask who wants to take a pressure shot in practice – good way to see who might be clutch player at the end of a game
- Take your hat off, brush some water in your hair, when you put your hat back on you are starting anew
- Release, replan, refocus – Turn your back to the field of play, replan, then when you turn back around you are refocused
- Serena Williams – has notecards at her bench with 2 or 3 points of emphasis, she looks at them every time she changes sides
- Evaluative environment vs Expressive environment: Players don’t perform well when they feel they are being evaluated every single play, they perform much better in a expressive environment
- Dump card – write down everything that is stressing you out – then leave it in their locker – you’re not bringing that to the field with you – you can stress out about it again when you get back to your locker
The Sport of School – the book
5 different types of student athletes:
- The workhorse
- The rookie
- The natural talent
- The spectator
- The intellectual
3 ways to be successful:
- Work hard
- Solve problems
- Have intellectual curiosity
Book: Coming soon!
Best Stolen Idea
- Brendon Burchard – Influence
- CUP: Connect, Uplift, Praise
- Quote: ‘The man at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there’ – Vince Lombardi
- Have the players control the controllables. Focus on effort.
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