Improve the mental skills of young athletes of any sport, aged 8 and older.

Learn the basics of sports psychology with a story and thinking exercises and step up in the sports world better able to achieve incredible goals… even if you are not yet in graduate school!

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Coaches lack the time within games and practices to cover the wide-range of topics within the vast realm of sports-psychology.

Get the kids exposure to independent study with something that they love. (Sports, stories, animals and themselves). The course's lessons and observations can be put into practice within their sport. These literacy skills put context to the life-changing behaviors that mature, cool, calm and collected individuals display. Parents, guardians, boosters and teachers can offer aid by supporting the search for better understanding of how teams function and individuals cope.

Young athletes are with curious minds. They are often asking "why?" Kids try to gain an understanding of all the aspects of their lives. Developing mental skills should be approached with a combination of neuroscience and sport psychology, but coaches will want to provide the athlete with both factual information as well as anecdotes that help foster emotional intelligence and social awareness.

Course is designed to improve the mental skills of young athletes aged 8 and older.

Even the older teens love its delivery style and insights. Designed to help young athletes grasp the psychological side of their sport, this course includes stories, quizzes, worksheets, points to ponder, tips and many practical tips for success.

Especially well suited for swimmers and divers and other individual sports athletes, as they often are more reflective and with a better internal focus. But team sports participants who are keen to improve themselves are able to benefit greatly too.

The mental side is often the hardest part for improving in sports. Mental strength starts with a commitment to work harder and smarter -- on the mental game. In this course, you will learn proven mental skills to improve your focus, which is the biggest challenge for athletes of all ages. You will learn how to take charge of your mind to lead yourself through intense competition with confidence, more efficiency, and less stress.

No Whammy's. No gimmicks. Take your time and absorb each concept before moving on to the next one.

The courses are set up as a series of modules that can be accessed at any time. We encourage you to take your time and absorb each concept before moving on to the next one.

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Our advice to you is this; set aside some time (a few hours a week if you can) and go through each section in order. Don't jump ahead. There is a method to the madness, and learning the material isn't rocket science.

Mental Skills for Young Athletes is with ten foundational chapters focused on developing the mental toughness and motivation to perform at a high level in sports. Veteran swim coach and sports-psychologist, John Hogg, Ph.D, will teach you how to cultivate your young athlete’s mental skills through practical exercises, real-life examples, and thought provoking discussion questions.

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Attentional Control Skills

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Ideal Performance State

Young athletes are constantly being told to work harder, be tougher and focus more. However, it’s often difficult for young athletes to get positive, in-depth feedback. This online kind of feedback comes without judgmental swipes and a loads of ego-filled criticisms. Open up to professional insights that look at the issues critically and speak to the development of mental skills, sometimes lacking in real world recreational sports.

It is in there!

In this course, you will learn the importance of as well as the mental strategies and tactics used by athletes in sports. Build upon the skills as you progress through your playing career.

You will learn how athletes can develop skills such as goal setting, visualization, motivation techniques and improve concentration with sport specific exercises. Developed in conjunction with a leading sport psychologists from Canada, this course is the perfect starting point for any student and coach working with young athletes.

Course Modules

The main lessons within the course include:


The importance of mental skills training

By improving mental skills, young athletes will exhibit a positive attitude and have confidence that leads to long-term success. 

Athletes face many challenges on the field, in the pool and on the court. Youngsters need to know that they can handle these challenges and improve their skills to play better.

Mental training will help you to increase your powers of concentration, self-confidence and motivation. This can be achieved through targeted, specific interventions aimed at enhancing an athlete's mental skills.


Module 2: The skill of awareness

Playing sports is fun and exciting. But as with any activity, there are also frustrations and disappointments. Playing your best often involves focusing on more than just the physical aspects of the game. Athletes need to practice mental skills such as focus, managing pressure and dealing with emotions in order to perform to their potential. When these skills are not present, athletes can get stressed out, frustrated or even give up too quickly. Get help in your development of the inner game. Become more self aware so you can play better and enjoy sport more!


Module 3: The skill of goal setting

Goal setting creates a plan of action and is often the first step in achieving success. It also makes you appreciate the milestones along your journey.

Goal-setting is a critical component of athletic participation, yet many young athletes fail to take the time to effectively set goals. Goal-setting can be a powerful tool to increase motivation, boost self esteem and accelerate athletic development.

Young athletes and their parents often struggle with goal-setting.


Module 4: The skill of relaxation and energizing

All young athletes have experienced the effects of adrenaline and stress. But, how do these two things work and what happens when relaxation is not present? This course shows you how to recognize the signs of exhaustion and stress. Actions can begin to regulate one's own brain before a major failure occurs. 


Module 5: The skill of positive and productive self-talk

Positive and productive self talk is important for a young athlete because it takes the pressure off. It helps them to focus on the process, not just the outcome of their performance. When it’s missing, the athlete will likely get caught up in negative thoughts that can derail their confidence, which in turn affects both their mental game and their playing ability.

In today’s world, where many young athletes have access to the latest technology and resources, it is more necessary than ever for them to have their minds ready to play. The ability to self-talk oneself through adversity can be the difference between success and failure.


Module 6: The skill of creative imagery

 Creative imagery, or visualizing an experience in the mind’s eye, can help young athletes achieve their goals. When young athletes practice this skill they develop greater focus and concentration, become better decision makers and are able to visualize the outcome they want.


Module 7: The skill of attentional control

Attentional control is important for young athletes for many reasons. Attentional control helps to focus on the task and stay calm during competition. It also helps to reduce anxiety, manage emotions, react to distractions and make good decisions. Poor attentional control can lead to frustration and even mental health issues.


Module 8: Creating and maintaining ideal performance states

 The mental skills for young athletes described in this book will help your child learn how to be in an ideal performance state. When properly developed, these skills will enable them to have consistent practice sessions and game days. They will also be able to focus their energy appropriately on their performance so that they can perform at their best and win the coveted prize or score that they are after.


Module 9: Creating and maintaining ideal emotional states

At times, kids will crash at some point in their sports games or practices. It is up to the coach, teammates, guardians and even parents to get them back on track. But huge benefits come when the athlete fix comes from within. If the emotional state of a child is off, even for just a few minutes or seconds, it could make all the difference in how well that athlete performs.


Module 10: Team harmony

Team harmony is an important factor in the success of a team because it contributes to a sense of togetherness. Team harmony helps to build team trust and motivation, which are essential to improve sports performance. Team harmony can also be a useful tool to motivate children and older athletes to challenge themselves, because they could think that working on their physical and mental skills is fun.

Personalized statistics and data are safe and not kept.

Progress in the course and the answers in the various self evaluations are built into the experience, but the data is not saved nor associated with any individual user. Confidential and private information is not part of the process.

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Illustration Gallery from the course, Mental Training for Young Athletes by John Hogg


Bulk Bonus: Make the time to introduce your entire team to this course.

Once you fall in love with the course and realize the value there are a few extras steps that we've built for teams, organizations and schools.

You can buy 100-seats of the course for $500. Then the athletes who are interested within your program can take the course, and so too can the interested parents and guardians. It is called the Team Read. You'll get a coupon code to pass along to your folks. 

Furthermore, an ebook that features a Script & Screenplay of the stories within the course is available. You could gather the "actors" and have them do the ten different lessons as skit. Perhaps the older athletes could put on a production at practice for the younger ones. 

Group photo from the cast of characters in John Hogg's mental training experience.

Group photo from the cast of characters in John Hogg's mental training experience.

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Course Flavors

Get access to this course a few different ways. 

This course is provided to groups of people after the purchase of a site license.

Get your team, school, league, or district to provide access to the course on a grand scale.

This course is featured as a bonus for ISCA Associates

As a benefit in working with ISCA in our advisory committee, some are able to gain access to the course.

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Buy the Course and bring along another for $1 extra, pay just $26.

The course can be taken by two, a great deal so that a parent, guardian or teacher can work along too.

What makes us different

Our expert authors, our expert program leaders, have experience and know-how in coaching and directing organizations.

We care. We love fitness and sports. We are open and honest. 

Low-ticket items that resonates for years to come.

The world has flipped to online educational quests. Being literate and being functional in complex tasks, like sports, requires more brain efforts. This course, in a prior life, was a text book. When in the course, you'll find many pages and reflection sheets worthy of printing. Then you can put the pencil to paper and write, reflect, note-take and archive in your own space and time. Rinse and repeat in seasons to come.


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If, for any reason, you don't like this amazing course, you can get a full refund anytime within 30 days after your purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch with our friendly support team, and they'll either help you out until you get the results you need or give you a refund.

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The sport psych skills are so important. We can teach these lessons to youngsters and get them developing along the right paths to more productive lives and awareness. While the material is abstract, the stories and the application to game-time experiences make it real. Plus, its fun to know more about yourself. Everyone can find ways to improve in these areas. 

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