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Coaching the Mental Game: Leadership Philosophies and Strategies for Peak Performance in Sports - and Everyday Life Hardcover – August 12, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st Paperback Ed edition (August 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589790111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589790117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recommended for sports collections. (Library Journal)

Dorfman, who is recognized worldwide in the area of sports psychology, does an outstanding job of breaking down the many areas of coaching philosophies and strategies. The person who reads this book will gain a greater understandingof what makes coaches (and players) tick. It's a must for all coaches—from the rookie coach to the coach who has been around the game for many years. (Scott Lynn, KEX Radio Portland)

World-renowned sports psychologist Dorfman adapts his mental insights to guide team leaders and coaches, no matter what the playing field. (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

About the Author

H.A. Dorfman was a noted sports psychologist as well as a sports psychology counselor with the Scott Boras Agency. Recognized as a leading sports psychologist across the world, Dorfman was also a columnist and freelance journalist with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald. He has authored three other books:The Mental Game of Baseball, The Mental ABC's of Pitching, and The Mental Keys to Hitting.

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This is the 4th time I bought this book.
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I am a coach and look into more way to assist my athletes in reaching their sports performance goals.
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As a sport coach this book is absolutely a must read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. West on April 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
For amateur "weekend warrior" coaches such as myself this is a topic that is far to often barely touched on if talked about at all. Telling kids to concentrate, focus and be mentally tough without teaching it like any other skill is like giving them a bat with no instruction and telling them to hit. Some will pick it up better than others due to their own make-up but all can get much better with a coach teaching them. The mental game can be taught as a skill the same as any physical skill we teach them.

This book is one that has the authentic "been-there-done-that" feel to it. It's well organized with great real world examples and has multiple lists at the end of each topic on how to make our athletes aware of the mental game and how to practice getting better at it.

This is a book you will read and re-read if you're truly interested in being the best coach you can be. It's one of those books where you can just open to any page and pick up a great idea or tip.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lason Perkins on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Harvey Dorfman is a no-BS kind of coach and his latest book is a great tool for coaches, teachers, managers, or anyone who wishes to get the edge. As a former basketball coach at various levels, I wish this book was available 15 years ago because it would have saved me a lot of trouble and mistakes!
Coach Dorfman covers three vital areas in the book: The Coach as Leader, Communicator, and Teacher; Impact Terms for Coaches, and Impact Terms for Athletes. He provides real life examples from professional, college, and high school coaches and athletes that are easy to relate to.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Lee on November 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the 4th time I bought this book. I have given three away and the last one is worn out. Trying to make the most out of a player's ability is not complete until the mental aspect is addressed and this book helps with that approach. If you coach baseball, you need to have a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on July 25, 2013
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This is a great book to read for any coach or anybody interested in coaching. The book does a great job of taking the players perspectives and the coaches as well. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone.
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Love all the Dorfman books. Of the four I've read, this one took the longest to get through. Don't get me wrong--it is still worth reading. Just requires a little more concentration because of how the book is broken into little sections. As a parent, I would wish every coach could read this book. One who possess even a portion of the coaching qualities in this book would be a wonderful role model for young athletes.
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By Diane M. Samelak on July 13, 2014
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Great book, highly recommend
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I purchased this book at age 60 to mprove my golf game; the author was recommended by Roy Halladay. I sure wish I had read this book many years ago as the lessons apply to more then just sports: being a leader in the corporate world, being a husband, being a parent, etc. The book is structured more for the coach then the athlete, but since the athlete has to be a self coach that does not matter. The whole book applies. While I intend to improve my golf scores, I know that by applying the lessons in this book I will have the improved approach and behavior of a better athlete. I recommend this book for anyone who is committed to improving him or her self.
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By momof3and3 on March 16, 2014
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This book is helpful if you have an athlete who has a hard time performing because of anxiety. Great for helping his/her mental game.
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