“WINNING THE ‘HEAD’ GAME is a complete, thorough and detailed discussions
of one of sports and life’s greatest challenges—the mental game…a must read.
Dr. Bob Weil, host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Sports Doctor”
“In my forty plus years of coaching from junior high school to college,
WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME is the most informational sports book I’ve
ever run across…It is a great book for coaches and players at any level of competition.”
-Aubrey Whitaker, retired coach, Florida
“This is just plain and simple a great book. It has more inspiring messages
in it than any book of its kind I have ever picked up. I would highly
recommend it to youth program coaches and athletics.”
-Bev Mathis-Swift, Soccer Mom, Virginia
“While WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME is a sports book, it has
application for real life learning. There is really little difference between
sports and life--at the end of one is the beginning of the other."
-Chuck Ghigna a.k.a. Father Goose (Parent)
WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME…
The Key to Elite Athletic Status
by Coach Sonny Smith and Lou Vickery
Athletics start with the body, but ultimately, it is the nature of the mind that speaks to the level of achievement an athlete experiences in sports. WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME is a mixture of motivational, inspirational and informative works that primarily apply to the “what” and “why,” instead of the “how,” of sports.
Coach Sonny Smith (former college coach of NBA Hall of Fame player, Charles Barkley) and a member of eight Hall of Fames, along with Lou Vickery, former professional baseball player, have drawn upon their sixty-plus years of involvement in sports, both at the amateur and professional level in the writing of WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME. Their mission is to provide the necessary ingredients to help athletes and coaches build a bridge from where they are to where they would like to go in athletics.
The book is uniquely designed. It includes five parts. Part One: Sonny on Sonny is an autobiographical sketch by Sonny about himself. This affords the reader a chance to get up close and personal with a side of Sonny that very few people have been exposed to, or were aware existed.
Sonny and Lou didn't write WINNING THE "HEAD" GAME for athletes based on their present athletic status and boundaries. Parts 2 through 5 highlight topics like winning personal traits, goals, attitude, team core values, preparation hanging tough, emotional control, learning from both winning and losing, and other topics bound to jump start an athlete at any level of play. The text is written for those who see themselves as "a work in progress,” who are looking to expand unseen abilities and possibilities, moving potential to reality.
There’s benefit to be gained for coaches as well. The commentary by Sonny at the end of each chapter has the right mix of wisdom and relevant points of interest. We call these A SONNY MOMENT. They give readers a chance to view things from a very different and unique perspective.
Becoming an elite athlete is a developmental process. For that reason, WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME is designed as a resource book. Examine the book thoroughly, then, keep it close at hand for constant reference as needed. What you learn will help move you beyond the athlete you are toward the greater reward of being not just an athlete, but an ELITE athlete!
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