A lot of us watched the athletes in the recent Olympics. While watching the athlete's fabulous physical performances, I noticed how much they were talking to themselves. Although we couldn't hear what they were saying, one thing for sure is they were talking to themselves. The other thing I'm sure of is after waiting four years to compete in the Olympics, expending many hours in practice, competition, and travel to have the opportunity to compete against their peers.
As lawn bowlers, we also talk to ourselves, and all too often, I hear negative us talk about how poorly we are performing. Here are some examples of negative self-talk I have heard this season:
So who needs a coach?
In the past Wick's we have talked about some of the physical and mental areas of sport and in lawn bowling specifically. The CLBC coaching department has been working on ways that would be helpful to our members around increasing accuracy, consistency, focus, preparing for a game, setting practice goals, and a few more areas of the game. What we want to do is help our members to have more good games and fewer frustrating games.
Booking time with a coach does not mean you need to change your style, but it is about maximizing the skills you already have and polishing any skills that might be causing you some trouble. It is about player development.
I often wonder what, if anything, players do when their game falls apart. We all experience the occasional delivery where we miss the line, or our weight is off. We don't often understand this phenomenon that magically pops up and sends our bowls everywhere except where we want them to go. We often tend to blame the green, but in truth, we are usually the cause of our problems.
So, we can live with the occasional bowl going astray, but what do we do if the problem continues?
The Mental Edge
You are an athlete. You want to get the best possible performance from your talent and hard work. You have good physical skills and excellent fitness. But have you trained your mind?
Have you ever wondered why one player performs better than the other? Often it’s not that one person has better skills than the other; it has more to do with how you prepare mentally for your game. During a practice session, two players can perform equally. But when it comes to performing in a game, one of the players regularly comes out on top.
Some of this is down to the baggage we carry with us leftover from a negative experience as a youth or a recent dip in form. It’s true that all athletes are fragile at best; some let little things beyond their control determine the outcome of their performance.
You can learn to set effective goals, deal with wins and losses, be a leader, concentrate better, be more confident, stay composed under pressure, and enjoy your experiences in sport. Such skills are trainable and controllable, and when executed, they can significantly increase the likelihood that your performance will improve.
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Pleasure vs Pressure
Why do we play sports?
We play for the enjoyment we derive from the game, our fellow competitors, officials, the challenge, and the variety of competition. We also achieve great satisfaction from playing the game well, win or lose, as long as we are presented with a game played fair and equitable.
When you consider the time, we spend perfecting our skills, travel, cost, and competition, we must enjoy this game.
Enjoy the Game
1. Placing the Mat on the Green
A pre-shot routine is a set series of actions made by an athlete before delivering their bowl.
All bowlers have a pre-shot routine, and some routines are more effective than others. It is fair to say that everybody does something before delivering their bowl, perhaps out of habit rather than in a planned pre-shot routine.
The club coaches will share some ideas and thoughts on lawn bowling by offering suggestions that may increase your enjoyment while playing on the green. The ideas and suggestions presented in the Wick are based on credible material from worldwide bowling associations and coaching programs. Let the coaches know what you think of the tips provided.
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Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club
Bill Moore Park, 2361 Kilpatrick Avenue
Courtenay, BC, V9N 8N1
Phone: (250) 338-8222
Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club
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Courtenay, BC V9N 7P1