Pre Competition prep, what do you do to prepare in the week leading up to a competition?
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Coach Amanda Miles – Basketball – Markham
“Leading up to competition I do 3 things: The first is
review what they already know, focus on the offence and defense and get in some
repetition to try to build that muscle memory (I do not teach them new things
in the week before a competition).
The second thing I do (usually the practice before the
competition) is have fun. Work on fundamentals through games that they played
as kids, ball tag, shooting competitions. Things to decrease the stress from
the players and remind them why they play basketball.
The third is have them set a goal for that competition. Something attainable that will allow them to measure their progress. I make sure they create goals that are more challenging that during the last competition to push themselves.”
Coach Leilani Torres – Synchronized Swimming – Puerto Rico – 19 Years
“I would do a lot of simulations of the competition and make
it as real as possible for the swimmers. Exhibitions or training’s with the
suits and make-up on. I would also do a team building exercise of trust to
strengthen the swimmers connection to each other.”
Coach Joe Benedetti – Softball – Hamilton
“A week before the competition, have a somewhat formal
meeting to take a few minutes to remind your athletes of the importance of the
upcoming event in your competition calendar. Provide as detailed a schedule and
itinerary to help the athletes to start to visualize and mentally prepare how
they will travel, compete and rest appropriately.
The 2 or 3 training sessions before the event should
simulate, as closely as possible the skills and strategies the athletes will
perform. Finally, anything can happen at a competition, and it usually does, so
coaches should have a “no surprises” attitude in order to help the athletes
manage and deal with any distractions that may adversely affect their
A good policy is: “No Complaints – No Excuses”, so coaches
should prepare and plan in as much detail as possible in order to do their job,
that is to prepare their athletes to succeed.
Lastly, it is not always ALL about the competition, if there
is time in between events, maybe the team, or individuals can plan a short
trip, as a distraction and to take in some of the local sites…”
Coach Bruce Parker – Australian Football – Toronto – 10 Years
“Discuss the previous match, cover what didn’t work, no more than 3 points and how we can improve on it. Highlight 3 positives. Structure the practices to work on the 3 points needing work as discussed previously.”
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