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Sport Psychology

Who dare give that straightforward feedback of what might be happening in ‘our sport’? Before even going further a few moments to acknowledge all our regional athletes who have done us proud. However we know instinctively by its very title that cricket, ‘West Indian Cricket’ holds great meaning for the Caribbean. Yes, so who dare give that straightforward feedback? The avid cricket fan of course who has been following West Indian Cricket for eons now, who keeps with the game even with its highs and lows, close wins and misses. Who else? May be we reurn to that a bit later. But for now how about we go back to basics.

      Sport Meaning

After the recent 2019 two match win by the West Indies in their successful attempt at The Wisden Trophy, The Guardian noted, the English team feeling of being made to look like “Calypso Cricketers”  https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/05/west-indies-england-calypso-cricketers-test?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR3rqSsmpHYpHaUwqmSujw4gaq7j6ptOIEWA16txlTktfG3BZSTVINRl9H8 To any, most ‘Caribbean Calypso peoples’ surely we would wonder at what exactly that could mean. But we did not have to wonder for long as The Guardian guided the way to understanding this phrase. The explanation was given that;    

There was a lazy way of looking at West Indies cricket in those days, and ‘Calypso Cricket’ was a big part of it.” It took Lloyd, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and the rest of that generation years to do it. “To show the world, that we were strong, intelligent professional people,” Lloyd writes, “to show the world that we were thinkers, that we had standards, that we could stay the distance, that in adversity we would not capitulate. That we could fight.”

Its clear from the explanation that generations ago the sport of circket in the region had a certain, almost tempted to say different, meaning for its players. Whatever the meaning it is often heard reflected in the comments of the stalwart cricket fans.

We did suggest going back to basics, and so we consider now the meaning of ‘sport’ literally. Sport is defined as active past-time. Generally when we refer to sport at this level its an active past-time that has established rules and guidelines and is played by those with a ceratin level of expertise. But alongside the first definition is also sport as a ‘fun loving person’ and sport as ‘light mockery’.

If we consider, Englands response to the two matches they lost in the Test match Series, would we in any way associate them with all three of the meanings or simply the first. Now let’s consider our cultural ethos, general approach to ‘our sport’ and surely few of us would debate that we easily satisfy all three with the latter, ‘light mockery’ sometimes coming from the transient, slow, irregular and at times in effective support given to or sportsmen.

      Rediscovering Meaning

Some have that love-‘whatever’ relationship with the game to safeguard from ongoing disappointment, so even with the high and hope of the Wisden Trophy win there is a tempered response. Some have simply turned to more ‘modern’ sports. And some again are in the trenches some players and the captain included, searching out that way forward. What a place to start put to agree on the meaning of the sport. Not wanting to be too morbid, about the current state of our sport in any way, but Psychaitrist Vicktor Fankl has highlighted in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ that, “when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”. Undeniably, there are structural and systemic regional factors that do impede the highest performance. But evenso, there is something called ‘mental coaching’ and sporting psychology that can go a long way to begin to bridge the gap and move us that much nearer to achieving the consistency that we all so desire.

So, to the players out there individually and collectively maybe a moment to ask, what does ‘our sport’ mean to you? And how is this working for or against consistent performance?

Who else dare give some feedback? Just Ma. SOOS. Ma Soos is committed to exposing or is it exploring the psychology behind ‘Some of Our Sports’ (SOOS). Look out next week as we continue to consider how we are making a sport of our sport.    

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 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/

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

 

The saying goes ‘once beaten twice shy’ But that is surely not a #carryon saying … for if we shy on the second surely we are almost guaranteed a second defeat…

and in this way St. Lucia Stars showed great #carryon as they met with Trinbago Knight Riders for yet another time…

they had it down to a science… again great #carryon … for we do our best when we do that SWOT analysis … considering Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats … as someone put it…

“At 130 for 2 in 15 overs, Tom Moody called out on the TV commentary that Stars should target 12 an over for the rest of the way to get to 190. For a team that has struggled to score runs and was bowled out for just 95 when these two sides met in the opening match of the season, the suggestion may have seemed optimistic. But by the end of the innings, hindsight showed Moody’s prediction was actually quite conservative.” https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18816/report/1148655/st-lucia-stars-vs-trinbago-knight-riders-9th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018

What now? What do we do when despite trying yet again… we get bettered on the field?…

It’s all about the attitude we continue to hold for each OV–ER…

For the St. Lucia Stars having faced defeat after defeat, now setting up things for a win, with a great #carryon show by their captain Pollard, what now?

Opportunities Vary– Enforce Resilience

As one cricket guru mentioned (thanks David) one over can make all the difference… as a Sports Talking Therapist dare say… each over makes a difference… here’s how?

Each over brings with it new opportunities… the bowler’s style, a possible catch out, an LBW, a great strike, lots of 4’s & 6’s, no balls, wides… and it goes on and on… and it is whether we can ‘weather’ each over managing our mind no matter what is happening and adapting quickly that we are able to either get the best result or reduce the undesired result…

Unfortunately for the St. Lucia Stars second time around it was about reducing the undesired result… https://wired868.com/2018/08/17/cpl-18-dm-bravo-smashes-94-from-36-balls-as-trinbago-knight-riders-stun-st-lucia-stars/  

Imagine going on and on, working hard, and simply not being able to as they say ‘catch a break’ … well, this is the story of the St. Lucia Stars… what then was their #carryon factor for them to now face Barbados Tridents again its the

OV-er…

Opportunities Vary (the St. Lucia Stars would have no doubt needed to view the upcoming match now as yet another opportunity for that 1st win)

enforce resilience (but let’s accept it though there is ‘RESILIENCE’ and there is ‘ReSiLiEnCe’ and there is ‘resilience’) but in the grander scheme of things, especially when the going gets tough…it doesn’t matter…bottom line is we found that will to #carryon

So in comes the Barbados Tridents!

and sure enough as with all of us as the game goes on in cricket and in life in general, we always come to the field with our own ‘backstory’ https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/100671/barbados-tridents-players-paid-dues-ahead-of-cpl-2018-draftsthat can either help out our #carryon or challenge it

For Barbados Tridents it was no matter of ‘once beaten twice shy’ as they were coming on the field with the confidence booster of a win over Guyana Amazon Warriors http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-barbados-tridents/22316/11471451/article

But this time it was St. Lucia Stars who bettered the Barbados Tridents… ‘try’

after all the St. Lucia Stars had been trying and trying and trying and trying… surely all of that would keep enforcing resilience… as ironic as it is #carryon works like that too…the more we exercise it the stronger it gets…and so ‘The Big Man’ and his teammates brought it home that first win http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/st-lucia-stars-v-barbados-tridents/22313/11475431/article

Heard the saying “if at first, you don’t succeed” well according to the St. Lucia Stars its really ‘if at fourth you don’t succeed’ and that right there is true #carryon … and its because they know

Opportunities Vary…Enforce Resilience!

The only thing more unnerving than facing a seasoned ‘warrior’ is facing a seasoned ‘warrior’ with a determination to win and who just experienced the strengthening power of victory  …

Guyana Amazon Warriors playing home matches were in their element, their natural environment and it showed… #carryon factor use resources wisely… not just natural resources, but psychosocial resources… and this team knowing its unique resource (much like their ‘white’ gold) https://www.caribbean-beat.com/issue-6/guyana-gold-new-tourism#axzz5ODlyCx2C was doing just that

As one article commentary put it ”

Victories over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Stars would have given them hope of ending the first home leg of the CPL campaign on a winning note”…..

But Try(i) dents warriors will… 

After putting things in place…Barbados team took to the field with a simple mission…try for victory… and that they did huge #carryontip here … the effort or the ‘umph’ behind our try needs to be high if we expect to make any sort of dent or impact when facing a strong resistance…

Barbados tridents understood this and so their try got the job done, so while the Warriors focused on that winning note…

“… on a winning note – but Chadwick Walton’s harsh lbw decision off the bowling of Jason Holder gave the Tridents an early breakthrough… 

Holder turned the screw on his opponents as Rutherford toiled, conceding just four runs from his final over to leave the Amazon Warriors requiring a daunting 53 from the last three overs…”

So the ‘umph‘ http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-barbados-tridents/22316/11471451/article of the Tridents was definitely there…and simply put

U Must Prepare Heartily 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-QCyNnf8wM

U Must Plan Heavily 

&

U Must Play HARD (Having A Rugged Determination) 

Stepping unto the pitch after being dealt a blow of defeat and add to that expectations to perform…and we know St. Lucia Stars are doing something right…

the first #carryon rule is to show up…

“Set 142 to win, Stars seemed set for a rare victory at 113-2 in the 17th over despite the departure of David Warner, who was somewhat unfortunate to fall lbw to Imran Tahir (2-23) for 11.” http://www.skysports.com/live-scores/cricket/guyana-amazon-warriors-v-st-lucia-stars/22298/11470560/article

but showing up is only the beginning …. the next is to do your best… again kudos to that #carryon displayed by the St. Lucia Stars

Guyana Amazon Warriors 141 for 4 (Ronchi 42, Ahmad 3-15) beat St Lucia Stars 138 for 7 (Simmons 45, Emrit 3-26, Tahir 2-23) by three runs…

just 3 runs… what could have given this Guyana team the edge…

#carryontip… have a Warrior spirit…

So far St. Lucia Stars have failed to shine through to victory….any surprise after all stars shine through under very specific circumstances…. is the game of cricket like that… just ask a player who has played when the game had to be stopped for rain… or an opposing batsman or bowler was having an extraordinary day…

#carryon tip…either adapt to the circumstance or create the desired circumstances…

and that is what Warriors do…so is it any surprise the 3 they were able to muster to bring home the Victory http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18816/game/1148650/guyana-amazon-warriors-vs-st-lucia-stars-4th-match-caribbean-premier-league-2018 

Coaching warriors @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/

 

 

America’s Got Talent!…its huge! why? because of the fact that talent matters. but now we know these shows are International… why? because people got talent hidden … just waiting for the opportunity to come out

And the Caribbean got T20Cricket…, sometimes written Twenty-20, and often abbreviated to T20, is a short form of cricket. In a Twenty20 game, the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs. So T20 sort of reflects America’s got talent where batsmen, bowlers, those fielding can display their skills. It’s a time-bound…

#resilience loves knowing the timing when that ‘bell’ would go…its easy then to hold out just a little bit longer

#resilience favours time-bound situations because then our weaknesses can remain covered up a little longer and we do not have to ‘control’ for them…

so many have asked… how is it we can clearly notice the talent at T20 and yet have the West Indies drop in its Test Cricket ratings… well as a Sports Talking Therapist would share but only after allowing one who has ‘been there done that’ to have a say…https://wired868.com/2018/08/05/cover-drive-video-brian-lara-talks-cpl-test-v-t20-and-west-indies-missing-ingredient/

Okay…Test Cricket…is much more reflective of the uncharted territories of that ‘open book test’ called life… it is ongoing with the opportunity for life to challenge us on our weak points…to bowl us some ‘odd’ balls, to get run out, to want to stop but yet needing to find the will to carry on in spite of, to be on the losing end of the game and search within for the resolve, to be winning the game and needing to remain focused to really reach the goal, https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/2nd-test-day-2-jason-holder-shines-as-west-indies-dominate-bangladesh-1883071to have to deal with cross-cultural issues, and it goes on and on and on..more than ’20-0vers’…

So what is required? 

Mastering our mind gym before taking that field and putting all our work from that mind gym into use…

Our Mind Gym

we need to work out doubts but not simply by positive self-talk but by practical preparation…and during this time, preparation includes becoming very familiar with what we would confront…http://zeenews.india.com/cricket/1st-test-west-indies-hope-to-end-22-win-less-years-in-new-zealand-2061321.html

we need to take stock of the fact that anything can happen on the field, or the day before, or the moment before, and so our stress management, relaxation strategies need to be in tune

we need to do ‘jumping jacks’ and figure out those triggers that might cause us to suddenly become anxious, ‘is it a comment’ from the fans/critics, is it something, in particular, that might be said and have a contingency plan to keep the focus

Practical Application

It is one thing to train and another to put training to use…

we can begin to put that training to use by visualizing plays, visualizing performing at different skills

we then need that key factor called adapt adapt…good teams are able to take all learned, all preparations, observe then what is happening and adapt for the benefit of the desired outcome…suppose the player there was an intention to depend on is having an ‘off’ day..what then..is all lost…suppose the winning streak was on and the match had to be disrupted…is that it there for the game? 

Life is a test…and working out at our mind gym is not optional its a must no matter how many strengths we have going for us…   

 

 

Buzz like a butterfly, sting like a bee, yep that’s Muhammad Ali, the man who brought class, consciousness, critical thinking to the boxing ring…

What would have contributed to such sporting success?… its partly motivation, passion, interest but more so the deep pleasure he got from his sport and from feeling out his opponents and defeating them ….

How is this linked to Dopamine?

Dopamine is that chemical in the brain that is associated with expecting pleasure…..

So we could say that during Muhammad Ali’s career he would have had a healthy does of dopamine circulating through his brain….

What links Dopamine to Addictions?

Dopamine plays a huge part in motivating effort and persistence because we are expecting to get pleasure from something….and what drugs do is leave lots of dopamine in the brain…so it is sought again and again and again…

Do you think after each match Muhammad Ali would have had a fair amount of dopamine in his brain at the next fight and possibly with each win and anticipation of another fight more dopamine again…

Retirement/Slowing our Pace and link to withdrawal 

What happens then to sportsmen like Muhammad Ali when the season of boxing fights are gone? 

Well he got PARKINSON’S as is well known…guess what that is linked with …low levels of Dopamine

The addict treats himself/herself by using dopamine levels to seek out that drug again and again…

But a retired sportsman is just that retired…and if/when we do not find a way to now adapt our energies/find ways to derive pleasure in some new way using our skills and talents we threaten our balance….

 by possibly messing with all the related ‘happy hormones’ and chemicals in our brains that might show up in lots of different ways… no wonder then sometimes ‘aging’ persons turn to being a closet alcoholic or get that ‘Harley’ motorbike….

Living life with passion and purpose is not an age thing..its a living thing and once blessed with life the task is ours to keep motivated and discover our sources of pleasure in healthy and new ways….

#lifecoaching  https://karryon.privacemail.com/is all about collaborating with a #lifecoach to craft our desired future life/vision/goals in one or more areas of life… 

Once upon a time in the sport of track and field, 

No one thought a tall man, outstanding results could yield,

They said it required a certain type of ground contact and turn over rate,

And the height of the tall man would make him reach the finish late,

But then came this guy called Usain,

He made everyone think again,

in fact so much so these sporting Docs were looking for a theory,

as to how ‘the big man’ could get results like sub-10 in a 100-m race, how scary….

GREAT track and field career he had now retired…https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/sports/olympics/usain-bolt-stride-speed.html

This sportsman showed us in life a thing or two that’s required…

If you feel yourself drawn to a particular task, 

don’t begin with “can’t” instead search out how to make it possible, find support, ASK…https://karryon.privacemail.com/

when we seek a way, then there we would find, a method/a will/a system/a different approach/or some combination

to get that dream/desire/task done…

so asking now “what (can’t) you do?” … because of being (too ….) or (not…enough)      https://karryon.privacemail.com/ #lifecoaching can reduce doubts as together your coach and you make it happen…online #livechat coaching