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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (August 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589792580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589792586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Kelsey K on December 26, 2013
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I am a coach and look into more way to assist my athletes in reaching their sports performance goals. The mental aspect of the game is huge. A coach can be smart and hard working, however, if they don't help the mental aspect of their athletes or if their athletes don't trust them its all for nothing. This books gives real life examples about mental coaching that are very helpful for all coaches.
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It had great points but the book seemed to be dull and somewhat repetitive. The book sounds like a long drawn out story with out any of the parts of story that make it fun to read. I think that it could have been written differently while using the same information and that could have made all the difference.
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Excellent coaching book! I learned a lot from this book and love to keep it with me when I'm in season to reference back to it and I have taken quotes from it that I read to my players occasionally. It's a book that every coach should read!
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I can't say enough about this book. I've read tons of books my whole life. This one has something for EVERYONE - not simply for the sport minded. Seriously buy it, read it, apply it and learn some life lessons!
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I'm a golf coach to athletes of all levels, junior to pro. I have found HA Dorfman's Coaching the Mental Game and The Mental ABC's of Pitching to be 2 of the best GOLF mental game books I have ever read. Every page has something immediately useful for my coaching clients.
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Lots of good info in this one. This is the third Dorfman book that I've read . This one was tough to get through. Not sure if it's because a lot of the material was in other books of his or because of how it was broken up into sections. Perhaps if this was the first Dorfman book I read, I'd give 5 stars like I did with The Mental ABCs of Pitching. Either way, worth the purchase.
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