Coaches Corner: Pre & Post-Tournament Mental Prepartion by ArrowTrade's Larry Wise

Coaches Corner: Pre & Post-Tournament Mental Prepartion by ArrowTrade's Larry Wise

January 14, 2010 - Joel

Shooting archery is fun. And I had lots of fun
shooting over the summer. After all, it was the
first season that I shot left-handed and every target
was a real adventure in learning. It was exciting at
times, hard work at times and a little discouraging at
other times. But at the end of the summer season in
mid-August I was very pleased with my shooting effort
and with how much fun I had shooting field archery
again – FIELD ARCHERY IS MY PASSION.

Shooting archery to win is different. Shooting to
win is hard work. Shooting to win requires complete
commitment and the smartest approach to practice
and preparation that you can muster. After you’ve done
all of that then you have to remind yourself that archery
is still fun (and mean it) . . . . and then go shoot the tournament.

Let’s get back to that “smartest approach to practice
and preparation” stuff. There’s a lot here that we haven’t
discussed yet. Two issues ago (September 2009) I presented
the mental game plan in an article entitled
“Shooting Better with Brain Power” and defined how
the conscious mental thoughts you should be thinking
during a tournament round should not be left to random
selection but rather to a practiced plan. During
that article I mentioned that pre-tournament preparation
was just as important for the mental game as it is
for the physical form game. Post-tournament evaluation
is also important and so following are some concepts
that will help you help your customer/students
do a better job of getting mentally ready for their next
tournament season. (Complete back issues are easily
accessible at arrowtrademag.com, or if you’re on a dialup
internet service, many of my columns are on-line as
pdf downloads at arrowtrademagazine.com)

REVIEW: TRAINING CYCLE ORGANIZATION
In the July 2008, issue of Arrow Trade I wrote about
“Practice With A Purpose” and described how to organize
your practice schedule by dividing it into smaller,
manageable time frames. We need to review those time
frames and then build into them the needed work on
the pre-tournament mental practice.

The largest time unit is the “macrocycle” which is
about a year long. Serious training plans will divide that
year into eight to ten “mesocycles” each four to six
weeks long with each mesocycle divided into seven-day
to ten-day “microcycles”. Using this structure we can
effectively manage athletic training to reach our peak
performance level for those few really important tournaments
we plan to win.

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