Coaching the Mental Game of Softball

By Mental Sweet Spot

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!

  1. 1.
    It Takes An Army -- w/ Alabama's Montana Fouts
    38:31
  2. 2.
    First Round of Playoffs -- Alicia's HS Postseason
    24:21
  3. 3.
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 3/3
    31:27
  4. 4.
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 2/3
    32:45
  5. 5.
    What to Do When They're Not Competing -- Alicia's HS Season 1/3
    27:11
  6. 6.
    Advice From A True Difference-Maker -- w/ Sue Enquist
    31:23
  7. 7.
    How to Be A Difference-Maker -- Audio sales page for our upcoming (4/18) Bootcamp
    22:43
  8. 8.
    Mattawan High School 2021 Season -- Week 1
    20:37
  1. 9.
    What It's Like to Train the Mental Game
    22:22
  2. 10.
    When There's Not Enough Time... Or $$$ -- Difference-Maker Tips
    19:09
  3. 11.
    How to Stop Wasting Energy -- Difference-Maker Tips
    11:32
  4. 12.
    How to Be A Hall-of-Fame-Level Coach -- Difference-Maker Tips
    9:19
  5. 13.
    The Power of Positive Coaching -- w/ Author & Keynote Speaker, Jon Gordon
    22:58
  6. 14.
    What to Do About Negative Thoughts -- Difference-Maker Tips
    11:47
  7. 15.
    How to Get Your Girls to Focus - w/ the Sweet Spot Think Tank
    51:29
  8. 16.
    Mental Skills for Mental Health -- w/ Locked In Mental Performance's Derek Mayson
    39:12
  9. 17.
    Coaching the Mental Game 90% of the Time -- w/ Ramapo College's Bridgette Quimpo & Ashley O'Beirne-Stever
    43:06
  10. 18.
    How to Be A Role Model -- Interview with ESPN Analyst & softball great, Jessica Mendoza
    34:37
  11. 19.
    The Missing Piece to the Performance Puzzle -- Case study with Meridian Community College
    45:00
  12. 20.
    Developing Resilience -- w/ Sue Enquist
    31:23
  13. 21.
    Case Study | Making sure your intentions match your reality -- w/ Bootcamp Alumnus & experienced coach/educator Aryn Henneke
    20:23
  14. 22.
    The Past & Future of Coach Development -- w/ FSU Coach professor, CMPC & former softball coach, Dr. Megan Buning
    29:03
  15. 23.
    The Love of the Game -- What happens when you lose it... and how to find it again!
    25:09
  16. 24.
    Grit & Guts -- w/ Olympian, National Champion & ESPN Analyst Danielle Lawrie
    51:31
  17. 25.
    Who Are You & What Are You Here For? -- w/ Author, Women's sports leader & former collegiate volleyball coach, Jeanne Hess
    31:00
  18. 26.
    Team Building & Leadership Tips -- w/ Former baseballer, author & leadership coach, Colin Cerniglia
    36:29
  19. 27.
    How Smart Coaches Use Technology -- w/ Pocket Radar CEO Steve Goody
    35:10
  20. 28.
    Welcome to the Mental Sweet Spot Podcast!
    1:50
  21. 29.
    Building Up Her Self-Confidence
    39:37
  22. 30.
    How To Keep Your Players Motivated
    34:43
  23. 31.
    How To Know You're Making A Difference -- w/ some of Alicia's former players now playing DI college
    56:12
  24. 32.
    Coaching Players Past Fear of Failure -- w/ Michigan standout & private instructor, Tiffany Worthy-Deering
    39:43
  25. 33.
    Simple Mental Training Activities For All Ages -- w/ former DI Head Coach, speaker & consultant, Karen Linder
    33:18
  26. 34.
    Get Your Team To Compete Every Day -- w/ Author, Speaker & former baseball player, Jake Thompson
    33:09
  27. 35.
    Creating A Culture That Feels Home-Made -- w/ University of Alabama's Patrick Murphy
    29:29
  28. 36.
    What Does A Gold Medal Mindset Look Like? -- w/ 2-time Olympian, Gold medalist & National Champion for UCLA, Natasha Watley
    21:30
  29. 37.
    How To Take Your Team To The Next Level
    23:20
  30. 38.
    Progress Faster With A United Team -- w/ Emerging powerhouse, University of Illinois' Head Coach, Tyra Perry
    40:41
  31. 39.
    Getting Your Team Play to Their Potential -- w/ Kent State Head Coach Eric Oakley
    34:03
  32. 40.
    How To Build Female Athletes' Confidence -- w/ Girl Mindset Mentor and former DI Northwestern Standout, Paige Tonz
    45:14
  33. 41.
    Real-Life Experiences In The Coach Bootcamp
    23:35
  34. 42.
    Get Your Girls To See The Importance Of The Mental Game
    35:39
  35. 43.
    How To Build And Sustain A Championship Culture -- w/ Michigan's Hutch & Bonnie Tholl
    35:21
  36. 44.
    Building A Program That Fits Your Personality -- w/ Longwood Head Coach & "Next softball coaching star," Dr. Megan Brown
    35:52
  37. 45.
    Get Your Girls to OWN It -- w/ Michigan pitching standout & Central Michigan pitching coach, Sara Driesenga
    28:06
  38. 46.
    Mastering The Little Things For Big Success -- w/ Director of Coaching for 5Tool Softball in Florida, Amy O'Brien
    26:40
  39. 47.
    Getting Rid Of Cliques & Team Drama -- w/ High school counselor and team consultant Jessica Nelson
    33:14
  40. 48.
    Insider Tips For Building A Winning Culture -- With National Champion, Florida State's Head Coach, Lonni Alameda
    23:32
  41. 49.
    Supporting Your Players AND Pushing Them -- w/ former Ball State Head Coach turned Texas Assistant, Megan Bartlett
    31:36
  42. 50.
    Coaching Is Who We Are -- w/ Mississippi State Standout, softball and life coach, Dr. Iyhia McMichael
    39:44

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