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“Make Failure Your Fuel” #19.25

Make Failure Your Fuel

Blog #19.25

Adversity, every athlete will experience adversity and failure at some point in their sports career. Adversity can have many faces in sport; adversity can be a tough loss, bad officiating, personal obstacles, or mental mistakes. Some athletes may be lucky enough to experience adversity on a weekly basis. If athletes are equip and taught the proper tools to handle adversity they will be able to use their failures and difficulties as fuel to grow and adapt in their sport.

5 Tips on Handling Adversity

1. One game at a time

  • It can be easy to get lost and feel pressure from the bigger picture in sports. Allow yourself to focus on one game at a time to help your mind stay in the present.

2. Positive Self-Talk

  • When faced with adversity athletes default mindset is likely negative talk and criticism. Both of which are not helpful and can take an athlete out of the next play or even the entire game. This is where athletes grow their positive talk and try to remember one mistake during a game does not define who they are as an athlete. Positive self-talk helps remind the athletes to let go of mistakes and trust their skills.

3. Find Confidence in past achievements

  • Practice! This is why athletes attend practice. Coaches design practices and drills that imitate competition to help develop athlete confidence in their skill and their knowledge of the game. It is important for athletes to remember they have likely been in difficult competition situations at practice.

4. Celebrate Minor Victories

  • The best moments in sport are not always the final destination. The journey and taking time to celebrate experiences along the way make the process and final destination even sweeter.

5. Control the Controllables

  • There are a vast number of things athletes cannot control during competition compared to the things they can control. With that being said, an athletes’ energy is spread thin when they focus on the uncontrollables leaving limited energy and focus during the game. When athletes focus on the things they can control such as attitude and effort (just 2 controllables!!) all of their energy flows into 2 positive controllables instead of 15 or more uncontrollables.

Check Out Our Pictures From the Week:

Rec League:

Our experienced players practicing their block tackles.

Club Teams:

Our u14 green team at the first weekend of the DMV League.

DT Teams:

Our u10 working hard during their first game on Saturday.

Keeping up with Koa:

Tryout Info:

u10, u12, u14 Winter Development Teams:
Day #1: Saturday 11/02
u10 = 10:30am – 12:30pm
u12= 11:30am – 3:30pm
u14= 1:30am – 5:30pm
Day #2: Sunday 11/03
u12 = 8:00am – 12:00pm
u14 = 10:00am – 3:00pm
Day #2 = Invite ONLY Tryout!

u16 & u19 Winter Club and Development Teams:
u16 Club & DT Tryouts:
Day #1: Friday 10/25 @ Koa HQ @ 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Day #2: Sunday 10/27 @ Koa HQ @ 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Day #2 = Invite ONLY Tryout!
u19 Club & DT Tryouts: Sunday 10/20 (u19 tryout)
Day #1: Sunday 10/20 @ Koa HQ @ 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Simone Vagnoni
Club and DT Coordinator
(301) 229-7529 (PLAY)

Jen Spagnuolo
Rec League and Clinic Coordinator
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