How to Be Mentally Prepared Before a Game

by Siraj

Mental preparation is one of the most important parts of an individual’s sports performance. Some players have all the skills in the world, but if they are not mentally prepared they would not be able to implement their skills through the duration of "game time". One of the best ways to be mentally prepared is to practice visualization.



Start early. Preparing for a game starts the night before.


Visualize the game and then replay it over in your head. Visualize yourself hitting that home-run, scoring a perfect goal, saving a penalty or putting in a three pointer, or pitching that no-hitter. Imagine yourself spiking that volleyball or doing the perfect flip turn. See yourself dribbling the ball and swishing a three-pointer, getting first in the race, scoring that touchdown, or making the huge hit.


Keep your mind at ease, and try not to let anyone upset you.


Keep calm and focused at all times. You can do this by actively recognising what your own part in the game is, and then trying to do your best at your own part. The result would come accordingly.


Talk to encouraging, positive people, not people that have negative attitudes.


Try not to focus on the game too much because you make mistakes and you tend to get upset and your level of play deteriorates. On your own level, you need to keep your calm and help your team recognize their strengths.


When you think about failure, you need to affirm to yourselves that bad things may happen. Do not resist the fear of failure by thinking about success, instead, tell yourselves that failure exists and surpass it, don't resist it.


Relax and have fun. It's almost impossible to do your best if you're extremely stressed about doing perfect. And it's no fun if you have the, "destroy the other team at all costs" attitude either. Remember how much you've practiced, and picture all that amounting to you doing great. However, don't get so relaxed and confident that you forget to try hard.