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The best athletes are always looking to gain an edge on the competition. In Compete Like a Champion, Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes from USTA Player Development will explore all aspects of high performance tennis and what it takes to become a successful athlete. Our hosts will provide useful tips for tennis players, coaches, and parents.

Visit www.playerdevelopment.usta.com for more resources.

Compete Like a Champion Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes

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The best athletes are always looking to gain an edge on the competition. In Compete Like a Champion, Dr. Larry Lauer and Coach Johnny Parkes from USTA Player Development will explore all aspects of high performance tennis and what it takes to become a successful athlete. Our hosts will provide useful tips for tennis players, coaches, and parents.

Visit www.playerdevelopment.usta.com for more resources.

    Developing People, Players and Culture in a Diverse, Positive Environment With Coach Margie Zesinger

    Developing People, Players and Culture in a Diverse, Positive Environment With Coach Margie Zesinger

    IMG Academy Head of Female Tennis Margie Zesinger joins the CLC podcast to discuss her philosophy of developing people and then players. She describes in detail how she relates to the individual considering personality and cultural differences. We also dive into how we create an environment of respect while competing in stressful situations in training. Margie also addresses what separates those that reach their goals and those that don't. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 44 min
    Osaka's Bravery through Vulnerability

    Osaka's Bravery through Vulnerability

    Naomi Osaka, grand slam champion and a young star on the Women's tour, has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression. At the French Open she decided against attending press conferences and eventually withdrew from the tournament. We talk about the importance of taking care of one's mental health, getting help just as you would a physical concern, and how vulnerability is strength. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 36 min
    3 Essential Principles for Acquiring Skills in Practice

    3 Essential Principles for Acquiring Skills in Practice

    In this episode CLC covers 3 essential topics about skill acquistion. First, how practice is more than repetition. Second, context is king in transferring learning. Third, know if the goal is to learn or to perform and communicate it. We examine each one of these topics in depth and provide examples for how to apply them in practice. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 1 hr
    5 Things Coaches Should Start Doing Now!

    5 Things Coaches Should Start Doing Now!

    Want to improve your coaching today? CLC is back after a short hiatus to talk about 5 practices coaches can use to better relate to players and create behavior change. These practices are often overlooked, employed inconsistently, and misunderstood. Coach Johnny and Dr. Larry examine how to use communication practices to improve our coaching including the need for looking at mistakes differently. Employing these practices consistently will improve athlete engagement and learning. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 53 min
    Making Mountains Into Molehills - Reducing the Importance to Perform

    Making Mountains Into Molehills - Reducing the Importance to Perform

    Is winning and losing life or death in sport? Nah, but that is often how we feel in the moment. Humans often catastrophize the consequences of a performance and it creates much stress and anxiety. Why is that? We discuss it in sport in general and as a rampant condition in tennis post-COVID tournament shutdown. If it's such a part of our thinking how do we move away from it? We cover how to reframe and refocus so that we can minmize the consequences of winning and losing, and help players best prepare to perform with composure, confidence and resilience. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 40 min
    Blocked, Random and Serial Teaching Practices and Transferring Performance to Matches

    Blocked, Random and Serial Teaching Practices and Transferring Performance to Matches

    In this episode, we dive into why players are not able to transfer performance from practice to matches, and it is not always anxiety (or at least that is not the core issue needing change). How we practice determines in large part how we will perform. We discuss the differences in blocked, random, and serial practice and make a case for when and why to use each of these teaching practices. We give you specific tennis examples for each and emphasize the need to use each of these teaching practices wisely. Follow Dr. Larry and Coach Johnny on Twitter: @LarryLauer / @johnnyparkes1 Instagram: @johnny_parkes USTA PD Website: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/podcasts/?

    • 53 min

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