Volleyball is a team game that requires extensive individual commitment and a clear mind on every point. As an athlete progresses onto higher levels, pressure rises and the ability to maintain focus and keep a strong mental game becomes increasingly important.
Players who are able to trust themselves, play from an attacking mindset, and ‘reset’ in-between points will not only have more fun and be in flow state more often but it also gives them a distinct competitive advantage over their opponents.
However, players often do not possess the skills and strategies to effectively manage mistakes or pressure, leading them to overthink and worry while performing. They may begin playing too safe and second guess themselves on the court, resulting in less plays made and reduced playing time.
Here at CEP Mindset, we work with volleyball players to help them consistently perform at their best and enjoy the challenges of elite sport. We commonly help volleyballs players with:
- The Problem
When playing a strong team, players may shy away from the high level of competition and begin to play with a fear-based mindset. The pace of play and intensity level can feel overwhelming, and players often may lack the tools to meet the demands of high-pressure situations.
- How We Help
In order to play their best when it matters most, athletes must be able to regulate their emotions to adequately handle the stressors of the moment. In doing so, athletes may be able to switch out of a ‘pressure is bad’ mindset, and into a ‘pressure helps me grow’ mentality. Developing a personalized reset routine gives these players the agency to notice when doubt starts to creep in, recognize it, and shift into an attack-based mindset.
- The Problem
How we prepare for performances is critical for creating the thoughts, feelings, and actions that will serve us best during competition. Unfortunately, many athletes do not have systematic routines and may rely heavily on superstitions, leading to rigidity and tightness in both their preparation and performance.
- How We Help
We want our preparation to help us find the proper balance between being focused and ready while also being open and loose. At CEP, we have a comprehensive mental preparation program that helps our athletes with skills such as self-talk and visualization to boost their mental game and prepare them for whatever they may face during competition.
- The Problem
It is extremely common to see someone dominant during training, but for whatever reason, they just can’t seem to perform the same when in a game. These individuals commonly find it hard to trust themselves while performing, overthink simple things, and worry about all the negative outcomes that may happen.
- How We Help
To transfer the skills that players work so hard to achieve in practice, we help them improve their sense of self-belief regarding their ability to execute during pressure-filled moments. Although confidence is not always within our control, as it may fluctuate depending on results, we help players develop a clear identity and self-image. This way players can avoid having yo-yo confidence, trust themselves, and consistently perform at their best.
At CEP, our purpose is to help you achieve Consistent Elite Performance.
In order to do that, you need to spend more time in the ZONE.
The problem is, like most volleyball players, you spend too much time in your own head.
This can be frustrating and discouraging because you have put in all this work to develop your physical abilities, but your mindset is causing you to underperform.
We understand that working on your mindset can be difficult and confusing.
That is why the CEP System has 3 simple steps that have helped 10,000’s of athletes get in the ZONE:
When you join our programs, you will stop spending so much time in your own head and start achieving Consistent Elite Performance.
You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint – and in the same manner you shouldn’t work on your mental game without first knowing what to work on.
The CEP assessment breaks down your mindset into the 7 Mental Skills that you need to develop in order to build a strong foundation and win the mental game.
This breakdown not only helps us determine which mental skills to prioritize in your program, but also ensures we keep you accountable to making progress.
Now that you can see what you will be working on, let us show you HOW you will work on it.
A good blueprint won’t help without the right tools. For example, you may have tried the cookie-cutter advice perpetuated by sport culture like ‘be positive, forget about it, or don’t worry about it.’
But when you build your mental game by patching together all these fluffy quick fixes – it’s like building a house out of straw – it is not sustainable & will fall apart in the face of adversity & pressure.
Instead, you need to build your mental game – like you would a brick house – out of practical & personalized strategies that deliver reliable and repeatable results.
We have 3 sets of tools – you might not need to use all the tools, but you do need to build your personalized mental toolbox based on your blueprint and current needs.
All of our athletes consistently implement these 4 Fundamentals to get in the Zone on game day. The Alter Ego is at the core, and the other 3 strategies create a continuous Prepare-Play-Reflect Process that maximizes your ability to show up as your best self.
Mental Preparation is used before games and practices, the Reset Routine is used during, and the Reflection Process is used after. When you consistently implement these cyclical strategies, it results in an upward spiral in your mindset and performance.
There are also 7 Support Tools that help optimize the 4 Fundamentals. Integrating these tools into your Prepare-Play-Reflect Process will help you overcome your biggest mental blocks.
The key to optimizing your performance identity always comes back to consistently implementing and refining the 4 fundamentals.
This set of tools is key to building the right habits before and after games, as well as away from the arena or field. These habits not only include what to do, but what not to do. For example, frequently checking stats is a common habit athletes need to remove or limit.
These 5 Tools help you manage daily stresses, create effective feedback mechanisms, and build an optimal environment to maximize your mental and physical preparedness for game day.
To support these tools, you also have the option to integrate the most current technologies for elite athletes (e.g., Whoop, Muse, HeartMath).
The final set of tools is the pinnacle of working on your mindset. It helps you be the best leader you can be and positively influence others. These 3 Tools work together to optimize the ‘soft’ skills of leadership.
Most athletes will not start their programs working with these tools, but as they master their performance identity and elite habits, they naturally become better leaders and are primed to tap into these tools.
Implementing steps 1 and 2 can get you results quickly, but if you stop doing the work you will gradually stop getting the benefits.
Similar to how a brick house needs be maintained and modified – the mental game requires constant work and refinement. It never ends.
It is a constant process of self-awareness, self-discovery, and growth.
As time passes you will need to evolve & upgrade your alter ego and reset routine.
You should also constantly tweak and tinker with their personalized scorecard, imagery scripts, and core priorities to match your ever changing landscape.
At CEP Mindset, we like to use our 5 Milestones to make the mental game more tangible and help keep you committed to the constant upkeep and upgrades.
Every season you start from square one and have to put in the work to reach each milestone.
Note that the numbers above are generic and are altered depending on the sport. We use 95% plus in the zone to avoid the trap of perfection.
1-on-1 Coaching Programs for Volleyball Players
We work with Youth, Amateur, and Professional Volleyball Players
The 1-on-1 coaching sessions are in person, on zoom, or via phone and they are schedule based on your needs and availability. You start with a free 30 minute 1-on-1 intro session, then your coach will recommend which option will be the best fit for you. The first session in your program is generally 1 hour and the remaining sessions are 30 minutes. Here are the options for amateur volleyball players:
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Start with a free 30 min intro session. Once you choose a program, then we promise that within the first 30-Days you will be satisfied with your program and see results or we will give you a 100% refund. You choose a program that you plan to complete – you are not locked in and can stop at anytime.
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Because of this level of commitment from us, we ONLY select athletes that are highly committed to achieving Consistent Elite Performance into these programs, and once in, athletes are required to meet certain expectations to stay in the program.
Acceleration Days (approximately a 2 hr session) are meant to expedite your journey up the Mindset Mountain. When and how these sessions are used are unique to each athlete and their needs, but generally, they are used for either:
a) Reviewing a recent game performance, where your coach has either watched video prior to the Acceleration Day or has watched you perform live (if possible). In the session, your coach will give you their analysis of your game, particularly in regards to your mindset and body language. This will facilitate important dialogue that will help you achieve optimal performance through better alignment of your mindset and actions.
b) Tackling a meaningful opportunity for growth, such as: develop the fundamentals quickly, help you break through a major mental block, or take a high-level assessment of your overall situation, then narrow down on the greatest opportunities for growth and create a highly detailed plan for development going forward.
The rule of thumb is that our programs are NOT covered under most benefits because Dr. Cassidy Preston & the CEP team of coaches are not clinical therapists and are not licensed to diagnose or treat mental illness. They are coaches and consultants who help athletes strengthen their mindset, get in the ZONE, and achieve Consistent Elite Performance. You can read more about the similarities and differences between a sport psychologist and mental performance coach by clicking here.