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Is "What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch" appropriate sporting behavior?

My question is: is it okay to be overly passionate/borderline aggressive when on the pitch playing a team sport without it carrying over to off the pitch interactions? Nope Simple answer: Unless ...
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Dealing with "cheap" opponents

Competitive sports will be like this. Learning to deal with cheap shots will just be another skill to pick up. Opponents pull cheap shots for two reasons: to create actual game play advantage and ...
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Is "What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch" appropriate sporting behavior?

If you play just for fun without any results being recorded you'll often have a few guys who don't give their best, simply because they don't have or want to. After all it's just for fun and having ...
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Is "What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch" appropriate sporting behavior?

Answering your particular case: Your football skills (especially game vision, defensive skills) should match your leadership ambitions. Apart from the seniority in the team or leadership qualities, ...
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Dealing with "cheap" opponents

You have a good text book answer that you already accepted. I will simply give you my take as a big - 6'3" 200lb point guard - that takes a ton of abuse especially when playing in lower income ...
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Shall I always stick to the same move if it works?

If Something works You're playing to win (see akadian's answer for the issues here), and You're not interested in moving up to a higher standard of play then by all means keep doing it. However, if ...
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How can mental toughness be improved for young players?

Have you considered how you may put pressure on your son playing competitive? This is just a question you should ask yourself in how your son perceives the game and your reactions to it. Everyone, and ...
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Am I hyperventilating during racing? Extreme feeling of being tired/out of breath during mountain bike races

“Hitting the wall”, or "pinging" is colloquial for having your heart rate bouncing off your Max Heart Rate (MHR). Being overly out of breath and head-dizzy are symptoms. “Bonking” is colloquial for ...
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I can't play my best/full in a football match in the morning

I used to have the same problem doing another sport, swimming. I used to have competitions and trainings in the morning all the time, and for sports, it is not unusual. The best routine to get ...
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Dealing with tension and poor behaviour among teammates

I've been through this kind of issue with other sports, and the best solution I know of is to make it clear why you're playing the game. That may sound obvious, but once you get round to asking people,...
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Shall I always stick to the same move if it works?

Are you playing in a league where the goal is to win every game or pick-up games where you play for fun? In a league, if you have a shot that has 100% accuracy and your opponent has no way to ...
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How to give 100% effort in sports

Playing at 100% effort all the time is not something anyone does, ever. Watch soccer (non-US: football) players. Are they going at 100%? Only if they have a scoring chance, or are defending a ...
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Motivating players to train on their own time

Instilling motivation, at any age, is typically a problem most coaches face. It’s a tough challenge to balance fun against hard work regardless of the age group. That’s why direction from the coach ...
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How to get more self-confident while jumping kickers?

A general tip here would be: follow some freestyle/jumping classes with a good teacher. There can be different reasons for that and a good teacher will be able to see it and guide you. However, there ...
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Which strategies to use against aggressive tennis players?

If they are at the same level as you, but more aggressive, they will usually make more errors, so if you hang in there, and keep getting the ball back, they will tend to make mistakes. If they are ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

I'd say you need to distract yourself from the bigger picture. Don't worry about the score or your performance or whether you're "better" than your opponent. Instead focus on Playing each point in ...
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How to give 100% effort in sports

It is an interesting question and I think that it probably relates to the way your mind works(since you mentioned that it applies to things outside of tennis/sport as well). But keep in mind that ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

You should have a look at some professional sports psychologist. In particular Greg Dale from Duke University is particularly good. There is no shortage of research done on this topic. A couple of the ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

I think this really depends on your ambitions. What is the purpose of you playing the game. I mean, really think about WHY you are playing. I don't know why you are playing, but for most players (i ...
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Which strategies to use against aggressive tennis players?

I list some basic strategies below, you can mix them to your needs. General Let him/her run out of energy? Continue deep baseline shots without risks (not letting him/her to net)? Hard to come to ...
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Why no draw in main US sports?

I don't think you'll find any explicit historical events or conditions that led to the absence of ties (mostly) in U.S. sports. I think it's just a product of the sports fans' sentiments that frown ...
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Why do MLB players always look into the field after striking out?

I've heard the player was checking the speed of the pitch which is usually displayed on the scoreboard after every pitch.
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Dealing with "cheap" opponents

1) It's not that cheap. Pulling jersey, being grabby, etc. are all "in-between" type of plays. It's physical play that isn't necessarily a foul. Remember, basketball IS a physical sport. Not ...
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What is a gentle reminder to a squash opponent to stop an ongoing evaluation?

There are all kinds of players out there. Some are completely quiet, not even calling out scores once in a while, and on the other end of the spectrum some comment and joke around without pause. ...
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Is there strong research that demonstrates the effect of emotion on performance in different types of sports?

I don’t know what you consider to be “strong research”. But, there are several sports psychology papers that take up the concept of “mental toughness”. In the Journal Of Applied Sport Psychology (2002)...
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Can a large stadium impact college basketball players' shooting?

Short Answer: Scientifically, the size of the arena is irrelevant to the shooting performance though the nervousness of playing in front of a big crowd can negatively affect a player's shooting. Long ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

Badminton can be a very frustrating game, full of minor skills that take time to acquire. The elements of accuracy speed and deception are part of its charm. When I was at your level I frequently ...
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