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The preseason is key to the implementation of any Psychological Skills Development Program.  It is at this time that players need assistance in coming to understand the common values and goals of the group. The focus of Psychological Skills Training in the Pre-season is...

          1) Negotiate, and manage personal and team goals.
          2) Establish a common vision that is driven by the VBB Mission Statement.
          3) Establish Mission Based Standards that will guide the behaviors and actions of all stakeholders.

In order for players to truly buy in it is imperative that they feel they have a voice, and are contributing members of the team.  To assist the Values Based coach in achieving all of the provided links provide some practical approaches that include discussion, graphic organizers, and games.  These are designed to create replicate real life contexts, explain big concepts, and begin psychological skill development.