Coaches' Guide to Winning the Mental Game: Aaron Weintraub
Coaches' Guide to Winning the Mental Game is a special book / DVD package that gives athletes of all levels an edge over their competition. This book does a wonderful job of outlining the mental skills that peak performers need to tap into their potential and achieve their greatest success. This book will forever change the way that coaches and parents work with their athletes.
Coach Weintraub is a master at conveying difficult performance-enhancing messages to coaches and athletes in a simple but effective manner. His approach and passion make his book a must-read. This book is a reflection of his knowledge and understanding. Readers will greatly appreciate this resource.
- Facing Dramatic Circumstances (Part 1)
Part 1: Preliminary Concepts
- Exercise: The Traffic Light Analogy
- Peak Performance
- Confident, Not Cocky
- Refined Indifference
Part 2: Attitude
- Worth Depends on Effort, Not Achievement
- Respect for the Game and Intensity
- Assume Nothing
- Common Patterns of Poor Self-Talk
- Adjusting Poor Self-Talk
- Optimistic Explanatory Style
- The Knowledge Curve
- Which Comes First? Success or Confidence
- Arousal Control
- Fake It Until You Make It
- Tension and Relaxation
- Deep Breathing
- Be "Two" Better
- Enjoy Your Job
Part 3: Approach
- Attention to Details
- Practice to Perform in the "Clutch"
- Know Your Job
- Aggressiveness Under Control
- Planning Strategy
- Control-Plan-Trust Model
Part 4: Focus
- Let It Happen (The Positive Way to Say "Don’t Press" or "Don't Choke")
- Concentration and Focus
- Dimensions of Attentional Control
- Fear of "Failure"
- Coping With High Expectations
- "Do Your Job"
Part 5: Response
- Appropriate Adjustments
- Effective Rational Response
- Do Not Say "My Bad"
- Avoid the Negative Snowball Effect—Just Do Your Best
- Release the Negative Emotion Attached to the Disappointing Outcome
- Do Not Change Just for the Sake of Change—Trust Your Approach
- Do Not Overadjust—Just Do Your Best
- Do Not Try to "Make Up" for a Mistake—Just Do Your Best
- Imagery: The Way to Fix a Flawed Mechanic During Competition
- Goal Setting—The SMART+2 System
- Facing Dramatic Circumstances (Part 2)
About the Companion DVD
This book includes a DVD that is designed to be a video version of the book. It is a chapter-by-chapter discussion of each specific topic that can be easily viewed one chapter/track at a time. It is not designed to be watched in one sitting like a movie. Rather, it is a lecture that can be viewed one or two chapters at a time, just as you might sit down to read the book one chapter at a time. Each discussion parallels the book and emphasizes the same points. While the text provides more detailed information, the DVD does contain some distinctions not included in the text. The DVD is a great tool to help you teach your players about winning the mental game. For example, you can show your team a particular chapter of the video to reinforce a lesson you are currently emphasizing with your players.
About the Author
Aaron Weintraub has established himself as a successful consultant, helping athletes and coaches win the mental side of the game. After 12 years as a college baseball coach, Weintraub became a mental skills coach in 2006. Since then, his clients have included Baylor University baseball, University of Houston softball, Dallas Baptist University baseball, University of Central Arkansas baseball and softball, and University of Texas at Arlington baseball and softball. He has also been a guest instructor for many other college and high school programs in various sports and has spoken at numerous coaching conventions. Weintraub received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, he studied sport psychology and motor learning under Linda Bunker. Weintraub coached college baseball from 1994 to 2006. In 2001, he helped lead the Emory University Eagles to their first ever #1 national ranking on the way to a final record of 36-9. From 2002 to 2006, Weintraub served as pitching coach at Cedar Valley Junior College in Dallas. He helped the Suns grow from a 13-38 team to a well-respected, consistent winner. The team was nationally ranked in the top 10 in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Weintraub also coached baseball at Presbyterian College, Brevard College, and the University of Virginia. Each of these programs was nationally ranked or set a school record for wins while Weintraub was there. Brevard College did both. Additionally, Weintraub has served as head coach of several select high school and collegiate summer teams. He has coached over 50 players who have gone on to play professional baseball. Weintraub lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Nicole, and their three children.