Young people need models, not critics. – John Wooden
High school student-athletes often face an intense balancing act. They strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court/field. They work to find time for both practice and study. They have to manage stress and anxiety from both competition and academic challenges. And they do all this without adult brain development or adult experience.
Arete Performance can help student-athletes learn the skills to excel in both athletics and academics: goal-setting, stress management/anxiety reduction, concentration skills. With training, the skills practiced in one setting will strengthen performance in the other.
You can’t just get your satisfaction out of teaching somebody how to shoot or how to box out on a rebound. That’s not very important in the big picture of things. – Gregg Popovich
Coaches in high schools also face a daunting challenge. Coaches are responsible for both the educational and athletic goals of their athletes and programs. Prep-level athletics must teach teamwork, mental skills, and character habits that have a life-long benefit. The best coaches support their student-athletes’ development in all areas of their lives.
At Arete Performance, our staff has shared similar experiences and faced similar hurdles. We’ve been both coaches and teachers. We’ve experienced the balancing act of nurturing and pushing student-athletes. We’re therefore primed and ready to help you with your specific goals and challenges.
Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies – plus allies in learning. – Carol Dweck
For educational institutions looking to foster life-long learners, performance skills are crucial. Challenges, whether athletic or academic, are stressful. We grow by going to the point where we are confident in our skills and abilities and then taking one step beyond. Having a growth mindset means managing the stress of that experience and using it as fuel for improvement and progress. It means viewing those challenges as exciting rather than threatening.
The goal of education is to create learners who overcome their deficiencies rather than try to hide them. To create learners who seek experiences that challenge them and stretch their limits. In the words of Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck:
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
Arete Performance can help your school or organization support your students in developing the skills and habits of mind needed to develop that passion – Click here to learn how.
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