Squash and Mental Strength / August 4th – 9th / Summer 2019

Mental Toughness Bootcamp

Beginning in 2019, Squash and Beyond will offer a mental strength program lead by sports psychologist Bailey Bondy, founder of “Tough Minds Sports Psychology”. Participants in the program will cover five different workshops throughout the week. Each workshop will last 45 minutes covering a range of topics including: positive mindset and language, handling nerves, building self-confidence, imagery/visualization, and mindfulness.

Bailey Bondy is a sports psychologist and published author from Tough Minds Sports psychology. She graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a BA in psychology with the Award of Excellence and her certification in Sports Psychology. Prior to her time at Stanford, she was a nationally and internationally squash ranked player, finishing her junior career at #1. She was then recruited to play for the Stanford Varsity team where she brought them, as their captain, to their highest ranking in history, #4. After graduating, Bailey founded “Tough Minds Sports Psychology”. Her practice is primarily based in San Francisco, but consults with various programs and clients across the country. Bailey prides herself in her work and her commitment to bettering others, she is passionate about empowering players through building mental toughness and developing skills to create the confidence necessary for competition and daily life.

Workshop 1: Positive Mindset and Language

First we will discuss the significance and importance of these concepts. From there, the group will break into pairs to create lists of negative words that we often say to ourselves, and transform them into positives. We will then discuss the ways in which we can slowly integrate these phrases into our daily lives.

Workshop 2: Handling Nerves

Nerves are created by a scientific process in our bodies, in this workshop we will first learn where they come from and why. As a group, we will go through specific scenarios in which we feel nervous and what we have tried to do to fix that. Individuals will record a personal scenario and then share with a partner to discuss and try to solve both scenarios.

Workshop 3: Build Self-Confidence

In this workshop, players will be creating their own “sport confidence inventory”; a tool used to look at each facet of one’s confidence. From there, the group will break into pairs and create a set of “confidence builders” for each facet. From there, we will create a master list of items necessary for building one’s self-confidence.

Workshop 4: Imagery/Visualization

Imagery is an important tool used for universal reasons in the realm of sports psychology. Individuals will create their own “imagery exercise” for a specific item they want to improve, change, or create. By the end of the workshop, players will have an understanding of the concept and how they can implement it into their practice.

Workshop 5: Mindfulness

Lastly, players will learn the significance of mindfulness and why it’s important that we practice it. Together, we will listen and follow along to recorded tapes of mindfulness exercises that cover a range of topics: relaxation, energy building, gaining and maintaining focus, and body awareness.