Mental and Emotional Training for Tennis: Compete-Learn-Honor, by Peter C. Scales, is perfect for the coach or player who wants to leave behind the paradigm of win-loss record as the ultimate means of measuring success and replace it with a deep understanding of what makes a true champion on and off the court. If you want to maximize tennis happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment, then this is the book for you!
Section 1: Honor Introduction: Honor Is the Foundation
Chapter 1: Respect All: Teammates, Opponents, Coaches, Officials
Chapter 2: Love the Game More Than How You Perform
Chapter 3: Do Not Strive for Victory—Strive for Gracefulness, Balance, Patience, Clarity
Chapter 4: Use Positive Self-Talk and Show Positive Body Language
Chapter 5: Never Give Up and Make No Excuses
Chapter 6: Give Your All—If You Gave Your All in Your Last Loss, That Makes You Tougher for Your Next Match
Section 2: Learn
Chapter 7: Lose Your “Self”—Humility Allows You to Learn
Chapter 8: Mental Toughness Isn’t Given—It’s Developed
Chapter 9: Adjust-Adapt-Survive
Chapter 10: Learn One New Thing Every Time on the Court
Chapter 11: Take Notes and Then Study The Notes
Chapter 12: Improving Is a Better Goal Than Winning
Chapter 13: Mistakes Are Necessary to Improve
Chapter 14: Play the Ball, Not the Opponent
Chapter 15: Always Change a Losing Game—Never Change a Winning Game
Section 3: Compete
Chapter 16: Think During Practice—Feel During the Match
Chapter 17: Physical Fitness Leads to Mental Toughness
Chapter 18: Proper Breathing Leads to a Relaxed Body and a Clear Mind
Chapter 19: Love the Battle and Solve the Puzzle
Chapter 20: Have a Game Plan and Routines
Chapter 21: Have a Purpose and a Target for Every Stroke
Chapter 22: Expect the Ball to Come Back and Expect a Tough Shot
Chapter 23: What Matters Is Right Now, This Shot, This Point
Chapter 24: All Points Are Big Points
Chapter 25: Use Time Effectively
Chapter 26: Combat Stress by Being Humble, Smiling, Moving, Drinking Water, and Having a Plan
What others are saying:
Coach Pete's Mental and Emotional Training For Tennis: Compete Learn Honor is an inspiring and effective book that weaves together knowledge, suggestions, and stories to truly help tennis players of all levels to develop stronger mental and spiritual strength. This book will benefit and support any coach, mentor, teacher, or organizational leader in their professional paths. I highly recommend it, and I am enthusiastic to work these new ideas and habits into my coaching, on and off the tennis court, and my personal life.
-Kelly M. Stablbuth, Head Women's Tennis Coach, Washington University in St. Louis
It's more important for children to develop into good human beings than good tennis players, and Peter's is that rare book that shows how coaches (and parents) can help kids do both. As a parent, I would want someone like Peter to be a mentor to my kids.
-Paul Richardson, Sunset Tennis Center, St. Louis, 35-year teaching pro to highly ranked juniors
Mental and Emotional Training for Tennis: Compete-Learn Honor is an exceptional resource for coaches looking to change the lives of their players. Dr. Scales has eloquently and practically nailed this concept your character is what makes you a better person and player. I highly recommend this book to coaches, players, and parents of all competitive levels and ages.
-Larry Lauer, Ph.D, United States Tennis Association Player Development
Teaching the mental part of tennis is without a doubt the toughest area of the game to make tangible with action steps. Peter has done some wonderful work in this book to help give players and coaches easy-to-understand steps that can help any player have a chance to consistently play at the top of their skill level.
-Brent Abel, Founder. Web Tennis.com
Mental and Emotional Training for Tennis is perfect for the coach or player who wants to leave behind the paradigm of win-loss record as the ultimate means of measuring success and replace it with a deep understanding of what makes a true champion on and off the court, If you want to maximize tennis happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment, then this is the book for you!
-Lan Westermann, Founder and Head Coach, Essential Tennis.com
Every youth sports coach in America should read this book! Coach Pete's philosophy of Compete-Learn-Honor provides a roadmap that helps coaches in any sport build their athletes characters-behaving with honor as a competitor and a person while constantly learning and striving to win. Mental and Emotional Training for Tennis: Compete-Learn Honor is an outstanding coaching resource and a wise life guide for all youth sports coaches, parents, and players!
-Ruben Nieves, National Director of Training Positive Coaching Alliance