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Sports Psychology: Hearing or Listening

The difference between winning and losing; the difference between teaching and learning; the difference between a good practice and a bad practice; the difference between good execution and bad execution; Is in the quality of communication. Often failure is the result of the players hearing, but not really listening. For some players the message goes in one ear and right out the other ear.  Winning teams are actively listening. To listen, you need to bring your body and mind to training. You have to stand up straight or sit up straight. Make eye contact with the coach. Nod your head in agreement, when you understand the instruction. Ask the coach questions. Coaches need to set up the ideal situation for players to listen and learn. Coaches should ask players questions; make sure they are listening; ask players to repeat what was said. Coaches should have players stand up in front of the group and explain the system; make players draw a drill or a play on the board. Coaches that, make sure their players are listening - will have success. Coaches who do not insure players are listening - will lose.

This photo, is practice of Turkey, preparing for the Continental Cup. The players could not execute the drill the coach outlining on the board. It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What does this picture tell us? This picture tells us, that the players were not listening to the coach. From this photo, you could predict that Turkey would not be successful.

''Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,'' - Proverbs 1:5  

''Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.''               - Proverbs 1:8-9 

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