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Mental skills trainer for performance athletes.

New MindGames.GG Beta launched!

Thanks to all the support and kind words over the last two years, I’ve been able to keep up with MindGames.GG and our mission to bring Sport Psychology to masses. Now I am announcing the new design of our MindGames.GG website, launching as a beta. Check it out at http://mindgames.gg/mindgames

Some of the awesome new features include:

  • Complete redesign of the layout
  • New qualified authors to bring you fantastic new writing
  • Monthly seminars: Archived for your future use
  • Q & A for direct access to a sport psych trainer
  • VIP discussion group for personalized feedback
  • 1-on-1 tailored training for elite members

Please send any feedback or questions to me here or using the contact information on the new website.

About

Mind Games is online eSport psychology magazine exploring the mental edge in eSport. For tips on coaching, training or competing, check out our amazing articles. We are committed to bringing you quality information about sport psychology so that all eSport coaches and athletes would have the resources necessary to develop their mental toughness, regardless of their competitive level.

Mind Games Consulting is a consulting company enhancing the mental edge in eSport. Train the mental, social, and emotional skills you need to win using tried and tested sport psychological skills training from traditional sport. For more information contact Mind Games Consulting today.

History

Mind Games started in 2012 as a personal blog for a sport psychological skills trainer. Today it has morphed into an online magazine bringing you qualified information on sport psychology from various authors.

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True teamwork is beautiful

“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” ~Mike Krzyzewski

One of the flaws of teams is that they demotivate people. When somebody on a team slacks off, they expect others to pick up the slack. Teamwork becomes beautiful when everybody selflessly dedicates themselves to their teammates, and together they exceed the possible and move into the realm of champions. Do you struggle with making your team work in unity? Does effort drop when you are playing from behind? Check out the first two articles on teamwork in eSport psychology.

Team unity - When player's don't click
Team motivation - Competition versus Mastery

Individual commitment to group effort

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Team atmosphere has been a big topic of conversation recently in eSports, particularly in League of Legends. Team unity can make some teams perform above and beyond what each person is capable of individually. A lack of team unity can cause the team to perform worse than the sum of their parts. It all comes down to how selfless and dedicated to the team each player is, over and above their dedication to themselves. Read more about team atmosphere in this month’s article series

Team unity - When player's don't click
Team motivation - Master versus Competition

Teamwork is work

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford

Teams all go through phases when they form, create habits and sort out roles, and eventually break apart. Average teams try to keep together at all costs, hoping they will progress and eventually succeed. The best teams focus on working together, knowing their success will ultimately drive their unity. This month’s article series is about team atmosphere. Start working on your teamwork today!

Team unity - When player's don't click
Team motivation - Competition versus Mastery

Team atmosphere – Competition versus Mastery

TEAM ATMOSPHERE ARTICLE SERIES
Team unity - When player's don't click
Team motivation - Competition versus Mastery
Team leadership - Communication and relationships (forthcoming)
Team infrastructure - Support for athlete development (forthcoming)

I see a lot of misconceptions about talent in eSport. Recently coaches and analysts have been trading athletes away who have reached their “talent cap.” You talk about how older athletes lose out in skill matches to younger ones. During the League of Legends offseason prior to the 2015 season, many managers are nervously assessing promising, raw players and trying to determine what characteristics to look for when signing a new athlete to their roster. Continue reading Team atmosphere – Competition versus Mastery

Confucius on self-talk

He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. ~ Confucius

Self-talk is all the stuff you say to yourself in your mind. Even your emotions are a kind of self-talk, especially if you are mad at yourself. Usually a person’s self-talk is a product of their self-confidence. However, mental skills training can change your self-talk, and increase your belief in yourself. Mental toughness is important for all athletes. Don’t leave out training your most important muscle!

Knute Rockne on teamwork in sports

Teamwork is a crucial part of sport. So much so that even individual-sport athletes often practice on a team in order to become their best. It quickly becomes apparent to new coaches in team sports that a team’s play together matters much more than each individual’s contribution.

The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11. ~ Knute Rockne (College Football Hall of Fame Coach)

For more information from sport psychology on how to improve your team game as a coach, captain, manager, or player. Check out Mind Game’s article series on team atmosphere.

Team atmosphere – When players don’t click

Fans of sports love to talk about team atmosphere. When drama from the locker room spills out onto the playing field, spectators and commentators alike spawn countless theories about who started what and how it affected the match. In 2002 an analysis of many studies done in team-sports finally revealed a conclusive connection between a team’s atmosphere and their chance of victory. Continue reading Team atmosphere – When players don’t click

Locodoco’s brilliance vs Samsung

Today I wanted to talk about a brief interview that coach Locodoco gave the broadcasting team during Team SoloMid’s matches versus Samsung White in the quarter-finals of the League of Legends World Championships. In case you are unable to watch the video, here is the statement:

“Going into the games our prep was, ok we win one game and then we’ll go from there. We didn’t think of it as a best of five, we took it as we have three chances to take off one game and then we’ll take it from there. We basically spent all our prep for this.”

Continue reading Locodoco’s brilliance vs Samsung