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Coaching for Elite Performance
Coaching for Elite Performance

Coaching for Elite Performance

Squash, Tennis and Table Tennis


200 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781935874386

Rights: WOR

Satya House Publications (Oct 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2020


Written for parents and coaches, with the aim of helping them facilitate the development of their children and pupils as much as possible, and at every stage—through learning and discovery

The path to elite performance in a racket sport is much like the path through a minefield to safety. There are no warning signs, but there are invisible hazards that lie in wait. There are no reliable maps—largely because the path itself varies for different people. Things one learns along the way may accelerate progress for a while, only to lead to a developmental dead-end in the long run. This book will help parents and coaches by providing knowledge and strategies that will enable them to preempt many developmental problems that are commonly encountered along the developmental path. The content of this book isn't complex.

Author Biography

Tal Ben-Shahar is a New York Times Bestselling author. He taught the most popular course in Harvard and is currently writing, consulting, and lecturing worldwide on positive psychology and leadership. He holds his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard. As a teenager Mike Symonds played table tennis for England in a variety of exotic countries, and gathered ideas that facilitated the acquisition of skills. Unable to arrange to live and play with the world's best players, rather than repeating the same year of experience over and over, he gave up table tennis in order to study the acquisition of skills whilst qualifying as a teacher of physical education and music. He emigrated to South Africa, and taught in Cape Town, where he took up squash. Within a few years he became resident professional at the Transvaal Automobile Club in Johannesburg, and wrote a book entitled 'Squash - The Answers.' Eventually he moved from Johannesburg to England for a year, before migrating to Perth in Western Australia, where he provided software support, and wrote training manuals for a fully integrated general business system. As he began work on this second book his situation and perspective were both very different. Determined not to rehash what he already knew, he immersed himself in each chapter, and tackled more difficult and complex ideas. He routinely went to a squash court to test new ideas and was able to devise a strategy which enabled him to overcome, in ?ve minutes, the lack of power that had plagued him throughout his playing career despite countless hours of effort. Finally, he tested that strategy by using it to resolve a significant problem with his table tennis technique. The result? Instant success!