We are working hard to finalize details and agreements around sports psychology and mental health. Wanderers will strive to make available professional level of mental health care to all players in need of assistance. Likewise, this extends to all players through workshops and seminars so all players can develop strategies and habits to improve their overall experience with the club.
All Wanderers teams and players, starting at U9, will participate in sessions led by Jeff. Please read below to get an idea of some of the aspects of player well being Jeff will be working on with the players and families.
Yogi Berra famously said, “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” Jeff Levin works with that 90% of the game.
Jeff offers Wanderers athletes and their families, teams, and coaches a variety of immersion experiences in leadership and the mental aspect of sports, all in an age-appropriate way for each team. Jeff likes to build what we call the 5 I’s: imagination, independence, integrity, and intestinal fortitude, which all lead to identity. Athletes have the opportunity to create team communities that can go well beyond wins and losses to become life changing. Our mission is to teach and inspire student athletes to challenge themselves in all facets of their “mental will” both on and off the field: To behave selflessly for the team…to believe in the power of the experience…and to generally understand that the world needs leaders who are creative, confident, focused, perseverant, empathic, courageous, tough, fair, and independent in thought and action. We seek to create young leaders who will advocate for themselves, lead their peers on and off the field, and, when the time comes, guide the families they raise, the organizations for which they work and volunteer, and the young people whom they coach.
Jeff brings participants to a spot where they know each other much more deeply, are committed to their goals as individuals and as a team, and players have the self-knowledge to remove mental and emotional obstacles standing in the way of peak performance.
How is Jeff different from a sports psychologist? Sport psychologists have many techniques to help players perform better despite their issues. Jeff focuses on why a player has issues in the first place and works with them, using the forward-thinking methodology of life-coaching, to get past their issues and thus reduce their impact on the player. Some of the hard skills he teaches include:
Jeff also gives parents tips on how they can best support their student-athlete.
The work is fun. Jeff teaches athletes about the work they need to do as a team and as individuals to reach their goals and achieve their individual and collective visions. The confidence kids learn, combined with an increasing sense of community, is an unbeatable combination.