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Last updated on 04-Dec-2012 08:12:16 AM
Hi there coach, I would like to ask something about mental preparation again. Our inter-school competition is just 2 days away and I am starting to feel afraid. Afraid not because I am not prepared, but I am afraid because I might let my emotions, nervousness and over-confidence take over my play again. Although I must frankly say that we have a big chance to win the competition, but I am afraid that I might be too confident. What are some things I need to think of to wash this thoughts away and focus on playing at my best. I am going to play the doubles event, so I must work together with my partner. What are something to remember during the tournament especially in the midst of being nervous? and also, is it a good idea to wear varsity jackets to regulate body temp.? thanks coach :)
This is a really normal and almost necessary stage that you are going through in order to play well.
On the day, focus on playing well for each point. If you play a good or bad point don't worry, the next point is now the one that is important.
I find taking a long, slow, deep breath when players start to feel nervous or too high emotionally or even over confident, helps them to calm themselves down.
Think about playing some good Table Tennis and enjoy the contest.