Mental playbook proves useful

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Athletic Director, Matt Franzen is teaching students how to improve their game through the lens of sports psychology. In total, there will be seven presentations, each focusing on a different aspect that is geared towards student-athletes looking to better: 

  • Confidence

  • Courage

  • Choice

  • Composure

  • Control 

  • Concentration

  • and Commitment

The seven C’s were designed by head track and field coach at the University of Missouri, Dr. Rick McGuire. According to the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching, McGuire created the Positive Coaching Institute at the University of Missouri where his message is to teach positive life lessons through sports and educate coaches to avoid the negative experiences that discourage children and full-fledged athletes from playing sports. 

Franzen has already given two of the seven presentations. They occur on the Thursday in the last week or two of each month. Students are sent an email about the time and location of the presentation a few days before the event. No one is required to attend, Franzen said. 

Senior softball player and member of the Doane track and field team, Jordyn Stearns, encourages student athletes to attend the future meetings as she said she has gotten a lot out of the two that have happened so far and learned more about others and herself. 

I attend these presentations for me as an athlete and to help me be a better player, teammate and hopefully coach in the future,” Stearns said.