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Calming Game Day Nerves

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Taylor Smith, member of the PCA Leadership Council, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has coached his own children, as well as counseled many youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a mental health professional Taylor sees how beneficial PCA can be to kids, coaches and parents.

In this clip, Smith advises coaches on dealing with athlete nerves when competing in a game. It's important that before a game, athletes are "in the zone." This might mean playing a warm up song, or getting them excited with a pre-game speech. He also gives these tips for dealing with mid-game nerves:

  • Tell a joke
  • Loosen them up by taking pressure off their shoulders
  • Show them you care by noticing when they are off their game.