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The ‘little magician’ they called him, this Trinbagonian ‘midget midfielder’ who created plays using his smarts in midfield; Russell Latapy. And now he is serving the game as a coach to the Trinidad and Tobago U20 Footballers. Could that be why? why there might be an expectation of …

Sports Producing Actually Magicians!

All of the young men in the U20 T&T Team must have had that desire and include some sort of self-discipline for the players to reach this level https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS8h-Z42-4A

And well after THE LOSS of the game to the USA and watching their chances move away for the bid for another Worldcup, the ‘magician’ coach commented on how goal 6, could have been avoided, with a little more wit from the guys in midfield https://wired868.com/2018/11/06/latapy-usa-were-too-much-for-underprepared-tt-team-but-its-a-learning-experience/ so we already know that there is no way for this ‘magician mid-fielder coach’ to transfer his ‘magic’ to all his players for them to do the same in midfield. Of course, because each player brings their own uniques skill and traits.

But seems T&T is calling for a different sort of magic???

We have heard that the ‘family that prays together, stays together’… well what about the team that plays together stays together …

Sports Performance …

includes skill and talent [x]

includes internal motivation [ x]

includes autonomy (some measure of control)

includes personal accountability,  assertiveness, sensitivity to feedback (which the coach reports his players as having),

includes the ability to stress manage or control the tension 

includes confidence

Now when a coach claims a team in underprepared and not of the team’s doing, what kind of Sports Psychology is taking place there?

  • It means the external environment is decreasing internal motivation
  • It means the structure around the players is reducing competence and confidence
  • It means the physical, financial and other resources are frustrating resourcefulness

It means that the sporting players are actual magicians if they can overcome that all on an ongoing basis and outperform teams who have and are making use of the support and resources around, like having 5 camps to support performance in a game!

Yet when a journalist laid blame at the feet of a League not waiving registration fees to allow the team to play and thus improve skills … the general focus went to

blaming who? … but the bigger point is/was/remains…

countries with serious sports producing actual magic…

find ways to put things in place to support players in developing their skills and preparing for games/leagues/tournaments

seems though the sort of magic that might be the focus for the T&T players is that kind where we say…

abra cadarba and find things appear from nothing!

It has not happened! It would not happen…because

sports produces practicals …. real day to day things that must be attended to and implemented to support the players and the game beyond mouth praise and tongue-lashing criticisms

and  makes magic …. when sportspersons and systems, systems beyond getting a coach, work together to produce desired performances

;;;;;;;;; so seems it is and would be a tough carry=on for T&T players as long as the mindset remains ah come on, please… go out there and

Start Producing Actual MAGIC!

So in the Caribbean it finally happened, we got a singing cricketer in DJ Bravo…surprising? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT8cLYrJwwQ

What do Sport and Music have in common?

Energy: sport and music bring with it a certain energy and that really comes from the adrenaline that both give not only to the player/performer but to those enjoying the game/performance

Lyrics: YES! in music it is obvious what the singer is saying and the story they are sharing. In sports what the sportsman or sportswoman is saying to themselves and the story, they are telling themselves only becomes obvious in how they are performing. And this is what DJ Bravo did, simply but a melody and rhythm to what the sports professionals do on the field whether they realize it or not …

Selection: When the musician goes to record they must choose between different songs, melodies and ways of singing their song. Same it is as the sports professional prepares himself/herself for selection for certain tournaments and/or decides to play with one club/in one tournament or another… https://wired868.com/2018/10/24/walk-like-a-champion-dj-bravo-announces-retirement-from-west-indies-cricket/

Play On: Music or sports we play on and the game continues

and while play continues we are right here to support how the musician or sports professional alike carry on @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/ #lifecoaching and/or #therapy

 

 

As sportspersons step unto their field to play their sport they take with them…

all the off-the-field ideas people hold not only about that sport in general but about them as sportspersons…

and when it comes to women in sports…sportswomen there remains many gender stereotypes that trails the sportswoman…

For sportswomen then DESIRE matters so much

obviously, if a girl or women enter a sport it because she has a desire

but this is happening even as the society has that desire to hold certain thoughts about women…

and for some reason, many of the traits associated with sports tend to be more associated with male traits…

therefore its a different sort of DESIRE that would help sportswomen to reach a certain level of performance whether they are in an individual or team sport…no doubt the Jamaican Women’s Football Team got their DESIRE right https://wired868.com/2018/10/17/jamaica-make-caribbean-history-as-they-qualify-for-france-womens-world-cup/

So at the final of the CPL! what makes that difference…

does the best team always win… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=237&v=5DGlNlQ_P3E 

“all-round performance outstanding means nothing in the finals…”

now, why would a renowned sportsman like Brian Charles Lara make such a comment…hmmm…

#sportpsychology …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi3dwpspZA8

so can Trinbago Knight Ridershttps://wired868.com/2018/09/16/cpl-18-trinis-to-throng-tarouba-to-see-triumphant-tkr-trounce-warriors/

So we’ve reached the Playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League 2018https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-series/2717/caribbean-premier-league-2018/matches

Is it any surprise to have the Trinbago Knight Riders reach this far? 

when they have a Champion Chanting Captain… what does that teach about this team’s #carryon…

first, let’s listen to the lyrics…this captain respects his opponents as worthy and champions in their own right, without excluding himself…. we expect then that he would inspire this same sort of #sportsmanship within his colleagues of TKR and also appreciate that victory is about bringing your best game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y963o_1q71M from who is part of the team, to the line up for every match…

though some have wondered about whether there are times when the lineup choices were wanting …  https://wired868.com/2018/09/12/cpl-18-a-6-for-a-9-how-amazon-warriors-left-dj-bravos-tkr-no-more-margin-for-error/

and well if that be the case, guess which team is sure to tackle that?

Firstly, with a name such as Guyana Amazon Warriors could we expect anything but this team is a team to contend with… what’s in a name…oh just the blueprint and well in this teams case the teal-print of how the team thinks about itself…

but that’s not all…any team coming up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors must understand the psychological power of the #carryon in a team that has often been ‘the bridesmaid but never this bride’ this team already with their teal print warrior spirit have that boosted determination to go where they have never gone before…https://wired868.com/2018/09/11/guyanas-warriors-triumph-again-tkr-face-eliminator-on-friday-after-dramatic-loss-in-providence/

Maybe this team is going to give this Champion Chanting Captian some new lyrics for version two…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y963o_1q71M

#champion #mindset training available for all aka #lifecaoching @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/

 

Making a ‘come-back’ of any kind big or small is no tiny feat!

Now add to this, being on the field and feeling wronged, we are human as we play our sport and in the game of life!

so we pause! and choose between the 2 s’s

SILENCE!

SPEAK! then like Serena we choose to #speakup and #speakout after all what could be so off? so wrong ? with a simple respectful expression…https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/09/us/serena-williams-sexism-tennis-controversy/index.html

in the game of tennis, as in the game of life, we have persons holding positions, be then the referee, the umpire, or any other authority figure… and they can after we choose ‘s’ for #speak make decisions to test our #carryon in a very real way…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRa8kp_1zvI but as Serena showed #sportsmanship, so too in the game of life we can display good sportsmanship while continuing to choose when to speak and when to remain silenthttps://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/naomi-osaka-on-serena-williams-match-i-felt-like-i-had-to-apologise/news-story/b58961f900a731e870a34da5a6b5d1d3

and the thing is … just as Serena would have had upcoming victor Naomi OSAKA looking on at her Serena’s behaviour, in the same way, others look on, as to how we deal with attempts by others to “cut us off” “reducing chances of us winning or achieving a ‘win’ ”

 

 

So once calypso, canada and netball comes together it takes me back way way back…

As a Sports Talking Therapist, some sports are definitely more familiar than others…

#netball well that there ‘is my game’ …

what is it about netball that is so great and can give us a good #carryon reminder;

  1. Unlike basketball, once the player catches that ball, then its …..

stop… look around…think fast…make the best choice

and that there is a great approach in the game of life… our ball can be anything…

  1. Once the player moves with that ball the whistle goes…

and often so it is…when we do not take a timeout, no matter how quick, to get a grasp of what is happening, and then making the best choice, well sometimes life finds a way to ‘blow that whistle’

  1. Another great approach is the PIVOT…

sometimes let’s face it we are heading in one direction but realize we need to adjust our position to get to the source/contact/resource that we need to … well in netball, we remain on that foot on which we landed, then take that other foot and use it to pivot and change our course

what a great #carryon reminder that sometimes all we need to do is remain right where we are, using all we have and then work at making a little change

well for sure  these Calypso girls have performed as well as they have by mastering these netball basics and so much more… Kudos to the Calypso Girls https://newsday.co.tt/2018/08/28/calypso-girls-stop-canada-80-26-for-2nd-victory/ 

#lifecoaching online… a great tool to support our ‘pivot’ in some area of our life https://karryon.privacemail.com/

… when it comes to this match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders two psychology terms apply…

  1. Catch “22” Barbados Tridents coming into this game have their history of successes and failures to draw from, in this case, Barbados Tridents have an equal 2 successes and 2 failures, in one case they might decide to focus on their success alone to feed forward, but in so doing they automatically feed from failing since they know that they have lost as much as they have won (in other words they have taken as well as they have give)…
  2. Recency Effect… Barbados Tridents coming into this game with only yesterday having been dealt a defeat… the thing with something happening recently is that if we did not/do not find a way to clear our minds quickly and reboot then it makes it ever so easy to repeat the defeathttps://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-match-highlights/20416/bt-vs-tkr-18th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

so as a Sports Talking Therapist what #carryon tips are there?

when in a catch ’22’ for our best #carryon result we need a ground 0 approach … meaning we focus neither on our victories or failures but instead on the mission, the passion, and purpose of that mission and a strategic plan to get there…  in a nutshell we apply some #lifecoaching for performance (@available @t online office using live chat https://karryon.privacemail.com/ )

Now as for Trinbago Knight Riders, their history coming into the match was quite different… two psychology terms applied for this team would be…

  1. Self-Efficacy… this team coming into this match would have just gotten a good dose of ‘belief in their ability to get the task done’ having ‘revenged’ a crushing defeat from Jamaica Tallawahs, the thing about self-efficacy is that it helps us keep our positive psychology going, and once we do that we tend to really focus on our strengths and manage our weaknesses to get our best possible results
  2. Rest & Recovery… unlike their counterparts Barbados Tridents having played a match the day before, Trinbago Knight Riders had the opportunity for a 7-day rest & recovery period… like anything else performance keeps at its peak when we have our strategic rest periods…https://www.thestatszone.com/2018-caribbean-premier-league-barbados-tridents-vs-trinbago-knight-riders-preview

now as a Sports Talking Therapist, in no way would there be a desire to ‘take away’ from the efforts involved in the Trinbago Knight Riders getting the win, but what we do try to do, is to go behind what might be helping or hurting the sportsmen/women as they take to the field and how this can be applied to the broader game of life… https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/20416/bt-vs-tkr-18th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

 Self-Efficacy is something we can coach for… #lifecoaching live chat sessions @vailable @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/

7 has been called the ‘number of completion’ and for the St. Lucia Stars it took 7 matches to complete the losing streak…

but what is the #carryon we can get here…

  1. with each loss, there would be the need to first reflect then self-soothe
  2. but self-soothing does not give the strength to take the field over and over and over… so there is also that need to re-build self-esteem
  3. even then it would be easy to just give up… but if there is a using of the last experience to find a #carry over into the next match, then it gives a feeling of hope instead of the hopelessness that can come with each loss of a match
  4. and what of all the comments and criticisms coming … sometimes to keep #carryon going we have to filter feedback
  5. but still not enough… for in the game of cricket its a team sport… and so no doubt the team has to find a way to keep the connections going even in the face of conflict
  6. confidence also needs to keep up so practicing and preparing would also be part of taking that field over and over and over in spite of repeated defeats
  7. commitment to the cause… to #carryon we actually have to be determined to #carryon

And what an excellent exceptional win by St. Lucia Stars…https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/20413/sts-vs-gaw-15th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

to get their first win not just against anyone but against the Guyana Amazon Warriors …

and so one is left to ask…how does a down & out team find it within itself to beat a winning warrior…

it’s the courage that comes with “yes we can!” when we reach the point in our #carryon when it looks like all hope of a win is lost… we have two choices…either dig into “we can’t” “it’s impossible” or “we can” “anything is possible” … guess which one St. Lucia Stars chose… and so the win comes…

But as for the Warriors how could we explain this… well the thing about #carryon is that even the best among us.. do have our off days… but most important is to pick up and go again as we can be sure Guyana Amazon Warriors would be doinghttp://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-st-lucia-stars/22298

 

Isn’t it great to have a great beginning? and we smell success, but a smell of success is not a taste of success… and so it has been that Jamaica Tallwahs started off with a big bang..but what happened…

#carryon big bang theory …. could it be that the team fell into the trap that with the initial big bang success was already created…well whether that is the case or not… we still have a great carryon reminder… the end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof… so we must beware of rejoicing too soon and keep level-headed and push on through…

#carryon big bang theory 2… is it that with such a great showing of Andre Russell the team fell back thinking that they could become 1-dimensional… well whether so or not again we have another #carryon tip… anytime we fail to adapt and reinvent ourselves based on what is happening in the now… the best we can become is a ‘one hit wonder’….

and so it was the Jamaica Tallwahs met up with Guyana Amazon WARRIORS! AND  here is where we had a 21-year-old shine through no doubt having been trained in that warrior-mindset …

“Shimron Hetmyer became the youngest centurion in CPL history, and the first to do it on American soil, as Guyana Amazon Warriors rallied to victory by 71 runs to hand Jamaica Tallawahs their first loss of CPL 2018. “

How ironic though; 

Tallawahs actually had a better Powerplay than Amazon Warriors, reaching 69 for 1 after six, compared to the visitors’ 60 for 2. Much of that was down to the hot start provided by Glenn Phillips.http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8623/report/1148657/jamaica-tallawahs-vs-guyana-amazon-warriors-11th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

well, we already talked about that hot start… so now we can give focus on the spirit of the warrior… a spirit that we need in the game of life… so what if we don’t get the ‘better start’ or the ‘best start’… the warrior says sh**** that and presses on with tunnel-like focus…

any surprise then our Guyana Amazon Warriors have topped their group! …

Hmm, could you imagine Jamaica TALLWAHS destroying Trinbago Knight Riders only to lose 3 following games then to face this team they destroyed again… what’s the carryon then… no doubt the thought of facing a challenge we defeated could be used as a confidence booster… and the mere fact that it was a fairly close game suggests that this is just what might have happened   

But Trinbago Knight Riders had their own #carryon approach to battle that… what was it? the desire/the drive to redeem self, to make use of another chance to get a win, and that sort of #carryon can empower a sort of higher level resilience and in this case it worked for a win…

Although Trinbago slipped 28-3 after six overs, with Imad Wasim having bowled Sunil Narine for a third-ball duck, Colin Munro (67) was backed up well by Darren and Dwayne Bravo – who both struck five sixes in their innings to take last year’s winners to the brink. https://wired868.com/2018/08/19/cpl-18-tkr-win-last-ball-thriller-in-florida-as-dj-bravos-men-exact-revenge-on-tallawahs/

In reply, Imad Wasim took an impressive 2-17 from his four overs but Darren Bravo’s 50 off 35 and captain DJ Bravo’s quickfire 36 off 11 saw them ably assist Munro as Trinbago edged a tightly-fought game.http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/jamaica-tallawahs-v-trinbago-knight-riders/22288/11477314/article