Jacqui Louder - Sports Psychology workshops

May 04, 2018 at 9:38 AM

Lots to think about, great ideas to take on

On 1 May, Doncaster Hockey Club hosted Jacqui Louder to run a workshop aimed at helping our Players, Coaches and parents while continuing to enhance our Club’s culture.  A Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Jacqui has been a practicing psychologist for sixteen years, specialising in eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, athletic transitions (retirement / entry into elite sport /etc), motor sport, critical incident management, performing arts and children’s sport.  She is well placed to add value to our Club.

The Parents’ workshop addressed:

  • Using sport to build resilience
  • Why children play sport
  • How can you help as a parent and be a positive role model
  • Dealing with disappointments
  • Common parenting mistakes we can make in children's sport 

The Players/Coaches workshop covered creating a positive culture for participating in teams.

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37 parents attended the parents’ session and 86 players/coaches the second session

A summary of the content of Jacqui’s workshops follows below.

Doncaster Hockey Club is very appreciative of the Community Enterprise Foundation and the Bendigo Bank for sponsoring this workshop.

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Sports Psychology Workshops 1 May 2018 - Jacqui Louder

SUPPORTIVE PARENTS

TOP 5 CHALLENGES FOR YOUR CHILD IN SPORT

  1. Your child performs better in training than competition
  2. Your child can’t perform when important others are watching
  3. Your child doubts his ability before or during games
  4. Your child gets anxious or scared during competition
  5. Your child loses focus during critical times of competitions

TOP 5 CHALLENGES FOR PARENTS

  1. You live at times, through your child
  2. You’re over critical of your child’s performance
  3. You evaluate your child’s success or failure based on their performance, not happiness
  4. You over coach your child on the sidelines
  5. Your child is parent-motivated, not self-motivated

POSITIVE PARENT BEHAVIOURS

  • Provide financial support
  • Provide logistical support
  • Provide sporting opportunities
  • Socio-emotional support
  • Unconditional love and support
  • Emphasize hard work
  • Make sacrifices so the child can succeed
  • Provides positive feedback following matches and training
  • Exerts little pressure to win
  • Uses motivational techniques
  • Show an understanding & interest of the sport
  • Hold the child accountable for on-field behaviour
  • Models values
  • Provides appropriate discipline for poor sportsmanship
  • Encourages a positive attitude

WINNING VS LOSING

Winning or Losing is not important:

Move away from results- players can’t control the results

They can control

  • Efforts
  • Execution of skills- passing stronger, marking, positive attitude

What can parents say after the game-

Ask them to tell two team mates what they did well after the game

You don’t have to say anything

Or Ask the question after the game- How did you feel (not How did you go?)

Tell them 'I love watching you play'.

BUILDING A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT- players & coaches

The greater the challenges the more important it is to develop and maintain a culture and work environment that encourages resilience and long-term wellbeing’.

Teams that are highly motivated and positive are not only fun to be part of, but they also accomplish far more than teams that are struggling with morale.

This is why it's so important that, as a player or coach, you strive to build a positive team.

Managing Positively

  • Create Team goals-that provide focus and direction.
  • Look at how you're communicating with each other on and off the field
  • Give team members a chance to voice any concerns or issues
  • RESPECT- DEFINE IT:
    • Acknowledge effort
    • Listen
    • Friends vs respect- everybody has a right to be here
    • Equality / treatment
    • Trust / Honest
    • How we speak about each other on and off the field
    • Say hello to someone

TRAINING

Your attitude will impact how others feel

  • Weather
  • Attendance
  • Other people
  • Results
  • Injuries
  • Equipment
  • Environment

Create opportunities for fun activities at training and social

Six Domains of resilience

VISION

Outlook style

COMPOSURE

Sustain positive emotions

TEANCITY

Recovery from adversity

COLLABORATION

Social intuition, read social clues

REASONING

Attention to clarity

HEALTH

Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise

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