How to Play Instinctively
Do you (or your athletes) focus too much on the details of playing the game? Do you over think what play you should run or become indecisive? That means you are not trusting in your skills. So, how do you play athletically on the football field?
You must embrace two different mindsets to reach your full potential as a football player. These are: (1) The practice mindset and (2) the game-time or trust mindset.
The practice mindset helps you improve your skills for future games. In a practice mindset, you work to get better and improve your skills and game strategies. During practice, you work on your game to perform your best in the next game.
Alternatively, the game-time mindset helps you perform your best in games. Here, you rely on motor memory or what you have learned from practice.
The objective is to perform freely and intuitively by relying on your football instincts. During games, you don’t want to overthink or self-coach, such as, “use correct footwork, square up, keep my head up, follow through, etc.”
In Video 4 of my series for football, I discuss 3 tips on how to trust your football skills when you get to the football field.