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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

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    • 4.9 • 76 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!

    It Takes An Army -- w/ Alabama's Montana Fouts

    It Takes An Army -- w/ Alabama's Montana Fouts

    Have you ever watched the World Series (college softball of course) and thought, “That player is super-human” Like there’s no way the rest of us or my girls could ever do that.
    We put players like today’s guest on a pedestal for good reason, because they are amazing competitors!
    But really? They got there with a specific skill set. Certain tools in their toolbox that allowed them to bounce back faster, stay confident and perform consistently even against the toughest opponents.
    That skill set is the mental game.
    I know you know that since you’re listening to this podcast!
    But do you know what it actually looks like? When you pull back the curtain and see the day to day commitment… the tough times pushing through adversity and that voice in your head telling you you can’t?
    Today’s guest is going to tell you how she has overcome adversity and worked her mental game to help her become one of the elite pitchers of our time
    And if you like what she has to say… you’re going to want to check out our upcoming Next Level Bootcamp!
    This virtual, 5-day team workshop will give your players the foundation they need to become the confident, mentally tough player you know they can be!
    To learn more, head to http://mss.com/teambootcamp (mss.com/teambootcamp).
    Now, let’s get to the show!

    • 38 min
    First Round of Playoffs -- Alicia's HS Postseason

    First Round of Playoffs -- Alicia's HS Postseason

    Was this the last weekend Alicia had with her team? Or did they pull it out and make it to the next round of playoffs???
    Listen in to today's episode to find out!

    • 24 min
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 3/3

    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 3/3

    But wait, there's more! Listen in for some tips on connecting with your athletes and one of the most popular drills Alicia has shared to date!

    • 31 min
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 2/3

    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 2/3

    Part 2/3 here! Find out if that Figure-It-Out moment actually worked.

    • 32 min
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 1/3

    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 1/3

    It's been a hot minute, but we're back and have a treat in store for you!
    Listen in to today's episode (and then two more!) as we get caught up on how Alicia's team has been doing over the past several weeks.
    It's a roller-coaster, Coach. Buckle up!

    • 27 min
    Advice From A True Difference-Maker -- w/ Sue Enquist

    Advice From A True Difference-Maker -- w/ Sue Enquist

    In honor of our fast-approaching Difference-Makers Bootcamp, we wanted to re-share this GEM of an episode with Sue Enquist. Listen in, get inspired, then come learn more from this rockstar in Bootcamp!
    We kick off this Sunday, April 18th and go all week! Learn more at mentalsweetspot.com/coachbootcamp
    Oh, and it's not just for softball coaches anymore, so tell your other sport coach friends to come join us!

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

SN1PERS_FEARLE55 ,

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!

isubball13 ,

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.

Paige Tonz ,

The BEST mindset podcast for athletes!

I absolutely love The Mental Sweetspot! Alicia and Mel are some of the most genuine people and coaches I have ever met. They have a gift of constantly bringing in the most valuable guests on their podcast. We are so lucky to have women like Alicia and Mel to share experience, knowledge, and passion with us! Thank you both for showing up and bringing so much to this community!

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