142 episodes

If you're the type of coach who believes team culture is key, mental training is a secret weapon, and we can make the biggest impact when we coach the whole person, this podcast is for you!

Hey there! We're Melanie Rushing and Alicia Smith - just a couple of softball coaches like you, who want to share our passion for building team culture & mentally tough players. :)

New episodes are released on Mondays and are typically about 30 minutes long. Just enough time to drive the field or give it a good drag.
We share what we've learned in our 30+ combined years of on-field experience (influenced by our Sport Psych, Coaching Sport Performance & Leadership education)

PLUS we bring on guests from the top softball teams, field of sport psychology and those who specialize in sport performance!

SO if you want to learn actionable tips and strategies to help your team win more games and have more fun head to your podcast player of choice & subscribe!

Talk to you soon!

Coaching the Mental Game of Softball Mental Sweet Spot

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

If you're the type of coach who believes team culture is key, mental training is a secret weapon, and we can make the biggest impact when we coach the whole person, this podcast is for you!

Hey there! We're Melanie Rushing and Alicia Smith - just a couple of softball coaches like you, who want to share our passion for building team culture & mentally tough players. :)

New episodes are released on Mondays and are typically about 30 minutes long. Just enough time to drive the field or give it a good drag.
We share what we've learned in our 30+ combined years of on-field experience (influenced by our Sport Psych, Coaching Sport Performance & Leadership education)

PLUS we bring on guests from the top softball teams, field of sport psychology and those who specialize in sport performance!

SO if you want to learn actionable tips and strategies to help your team win more games and have more fun head to your podcast player of choice & subscribe!

Talk to you soon!

    From Their Biggest Critic to Their Best Coach - Ray Santiago

    From Their Biggest Critic to Their Best Coach - Ray Santiago

    Have you even wondered why your girls are so hard on themselves? Why can't they let things go, even when you're doing everything to convince them they're fine? You don't yell... You tell them you believe in them... Most times nobody else is nearly as upset with the failure as they are. So what's going on?? That's what today's guest will be discussing. What's really going on in those heads of theirs (and maybe ours too!) and what we can do to keep them out of the funk. I know you're chomping at the bit now, so let's jump in!

    • 35 min
    Developing Confident Young Women

    Developing Confident Young Women

    Most coaches WANT to develop strong young women, but not all of them actually know HOW to build those people skills into their training plans.
    Today's guest does so with everything from challenge drills to leadership council to "softball school." You're definitely going to take some great ideas away from this episode!
    Listen in on your favorite podcast app or at mentalsweetspot.captivate.fm/

    • 27 min
    Being the Coach They'd Choose Again - w/ Jessica Bracamonte

    Being the Coach They'd Choose Again - w/ Jessica Bracamonte

    We get into coaching because we want to help. But you don't get to stay there unless athletes CHOOSE to play for you year in and year out.
    There will of course be some turnover for various reasons, but on the whole... How many of your girls would choose you again if given the chance?
    There are a lot of factors that go into it, but if you can create a culture where the player feel ACCEPTED instead of judged? They'll keep choosing to play for you!
    This is why we do what we do at Mental Sweet Spot and why we love guests like today who can share their experience on the subject at the highest level!
    Want to hear how this rockstar keeps her standards high AND meets her girls where they are? Listen in on your favorite podcast app now!

    • 29 min
    Where to start with the mental game - w/ Lindsey Wilson

    Where to start with the mental game - w/ Lindsey Wilson

    We're in the middle of an amazing era of sport where performers are starting to tap into the power of their minds and COACHES get to be a part of that process!
    And that can sometimes be overwhelming - there are a million topics we could cover. Where do we start & how do we implement it? Today's guest is a game-changer and she's about to share some tips to make mental training PROactive and makes the most impact regardless of how much time you have.
    She's so great, we hired her as our business & mindset coach right after this call! lol Ready to jump in? Let's do this!

    • 39 min
    Redefining Success - w/ Mike Candrea

    Redefining Success - w/ Mike Candrea

    I don't brag often, but I think we're going to win BEST GIFT this season.
    Because today we're joined by one of the most influential coaches in our game - and one of the best humans we've been so fortunate to meet.
    Coach Candrea is about to share some absolute GOLDEN nuggets of advice that WILL make you a better coach. Someone who gets more out of their players... Makes and impact beyond the field... AND appreciates how special this job is.
    So WHEN this episode leaves you feeling inspired and excited to level up as a coach... you'll want to listen all the way through to learn about an opportunity to join our Academy in January.
    You ready now? Let's go!

    • 35 min
    What Today's Athlete Really Needs - w/ Lauren Ammon

    What Today's Athlete Really Needs - w/ Lauren Ammon

    We're definitely coaching a different breed of athlete these days - but that shouldn't come as a surprise.
    Every generation has their own version of the "kids these days" gripe - it's simply evolution!
    And that means we need to evolve as coaches too.
    Actually, let me clarify - we GET to evolve.
    The even better news? There are strategies you can implement TODAY to help them!
    That's what today's guest is going to share!
    P.S. You can follow Lauren on Instagram @performance_reimagined_

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

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I only play 10u but I learned more about being a good teammate then I have learned from any where outside of softball 🥎 I listen to this before bed and I have learned so much

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So fun to listen and relate to 😆

As a varsity softball player I enjoy listening to this podcast!!! I have learned so much about what I can do to become a better part of the team, and do my best for my teammates!

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Actionable and Proven Strategies

I love how Alicia and Mel break down exactly what to do. This stuff isn’t rocket science but it can be really confusing. Their step by step strategies make it crystal clear.

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