Tom Scollay, Chris Rogers & Charlie Burke are great mates who have all been involved in elite sport for a long time and are now coaching in various high-performance positions. This is an insight into some of their conversations around skill-development, coaching, mental skills and performance.
Leadership. Are you a Cultural Architect or Cultural Assassin?
In this episode, we talk about leadership and the idea of cultural architects vs cultural assassins.
Whether you’re a coach, player or parent, you are part of a team's culture. I’d really encourage you to think about whether you’re more of an architect or an assassin and then think about how you can be a leader in your environment by improving your behaviours on a daily basis.
This might not make much sense now but I’m sure you’ll understand what we’re talking about once you start listening.
How the Best Athletes use Routines to Manage Nerves & Anxiety
This is the final of 3 episodes from our epic conversation with Cricket Australia psychologist Peter Clarke. If you haven’t already listened to part one and two then I highly recommend you go back and check them out as there were so many great learnings from those episodes that lead into this one.
In this episode, Peter shares some brilliant practical examples of how some of the best athletes in the world use routines to manage their anxiety and release little bits of emotion and nervous energy. He also shares how the best athletes have specific mental techniques and behaviours to get themself in the best possible state to perform at their best.
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Reflect, Relax, Refocus - Game Mindset with Sports Psychologist Peter Clarke
This is part two of our three-part series with Cricket Australia sports psychologist Peter Clarke. If you haven’t already listened to part one then I highly recommend you go back and check that out as Peter shared so many great insights into what sports psychology is, how we can all understand our thoughts and emotions and learn to manage them to help us perform at our best more consistently.
In this episode we discuss:
Overcoming being someone's 'bunny'
Letting go of mistakes
The 3 R's - Reflect, Relax, Refocus
How the best players use routines to refocus
Cue words and pre-ball routines
Dealing with stress
PLUS a whole lot more!
If you want to reach your peak performance on the field, this will help you to understand how to manage your thoughts and emotions.
Dealing with Nerves, Anxiety & Pressure
This episode is a change-up to our normal format as we don't have Burkey with us and instead have a special guest.
Peter Clarke is a sports psychologist who works with Cricket Australia, and during our hour-long conversation, we (former Australian Test Opener Chris Rogers and I) asked Clarke some questions about how aspiring cricketers can deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure, plus a whole lot more.
Getting Into The Zone
Cricket is a contest. A contest between the batter and the bowler. A contest between the bat and the ball. And this conversation was to try and give you an insight into how you can give yourself the best chance to win the contest, over and over again! If you can do that then, providing your technical fundamentals are sound, you’re giving yourself a pretty good chance of the ultimate goal of any cricketer...to score runs or take wickets!
But, to win the contest you have to have your mind and thoughts in a place that allows you to let your body execute the skill that you’ve trained so much, do what it’s capable of doing.
In our last episode, we shared a few of our thoughts and ideas on game day mindset and what and how to think on game day. In today’s episode, we’re going to dive even deeper into this and discuss how to mentally ‘get into the contest’. We share some thoughts and stories from our experiences of what we think you should or shouldn’t be focusing on each and every ball to give you the best chance of ‘winning that contest. This is a really interesting topic that we’ve been spending a fair bit of time recently learning more about so I hope you enjoy it and learn something from it.
Mindset: What helps you Focus
In this episode we discuss Game Day mindset and how what you think has a massive impact on how you perform. Something that I’ve heard a lot from people in our community and I’ve seen it first hand with some of my teammates over the years, is players who are good in the nets but can’t transfer their skills into a match. Our minds and thoughts can either help us or hinder us and we explore this in more detail in this episode.
Here are a few things we discussed in this episode:
Justin Langer’s idea of Batting Perfection and how it had nothing to do with the result.
Routines bring confidence and trust in yourself and your game + how important routines are in other sports like tennis, golf and baseball and how if you look closely, the top athletes in all those sports have extremely consistent routines, each and every time they perform their skill.
There is a difference between having mental and physical routines and how the very top athletes will have some sort of mental routine or process that focuses their thoughts and attention into the next ball.
The mental side of your game CAN BE PRACTICED or developed. Even though “in cricket, our training environment is so different from a game” that doesn’t mean we can’t develop our mental routines and processes. Buck shares how he encourages his athletes to mark a cross on the ground and use it as a spot to go in between balls to refocus.
Scolls shares his 3 R’s: Reflect, Relax, Refocus to get your mind back into the next ball. Both techniques can most definitely be practised in the training environment but either way, if you want to work on your mental process, aim to slow your sessions down so they’re more like a match!
A lot of people won’t know what their routine is yet but you’ve got to keep experimenting with it. Keep experimenting until the answer becomes clearer and clearer and when something seems to work, try and continue doing it for a while to see if it sticks.
We hope you enjoy this episode!
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Feels like it just keeps getting better and better with the new podcasts.! Keep it up scolly.! 👊🏻 Love hearing these. Keep em coming