Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year

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Mental Strategies - Part 2

Dealing with a Trouble-Maker

Mental Strategies – Part II
Dealing With a Trouble-Maker
Some opponents like to cause controversy to break your concentration.  This trouble maker might cheat on the score, break the ball, complain about your serve, delay the game, or try to distract you in many other ways.  So what should you do in this particular situation?
1. Stay Calm
If you get worked up over this cheater, he will have accomplished his goal.  If you stay calm, you can keep your focus.
2. Get an Umpire
An umpire will deal with him so that you don’t waist your energy arguing. 
3. Remember Your Strategy
Instead of focusing on this trouble-maker, focus on your strategy.  Focus on implementing your game plan and ball placement.
4. Character First
Regardless of how your opponent is acting, maintain composure and focus on showing good character.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.