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  • Dr. Pete masterfully outlines how players can create a competitive edge for themselves by intelligently and systematically improving the mental aspect of their game.

    Tim Dreyer
  • I see an obvious improvement in my performance, my confidence, and my contribution to the team. Thank you, Dr. Pete!

    B.L. Riley
  • What Dr. Pete Temple has done throughout his career working with athletes, and now shares in his book, is to recognize and advocate for the importance of the mental game.

    Mike and Mary Ellen Santacaterina

About
the Book

Athletes work hard in practice, putting in the time and the grind, but when it comes to game time, sometimes they miss the mark. They know they’re capable of more—and their coaches and trainers know it, too—but when the lights are on them, and the pressure rises, they often underperform.


The truth is, physical training is only one part of any athlete’s game. The mental game is just as important, yet in young athletes, mindset is almost never a focus in development and practice—and it’s costing them results.


In Playing in the Box, renowned sports psychologist Dr. Pete Temple describes how young athletes can use simple mental exercises to relax, improve, and achieve their goals on and off the field or court. If you’ve ever struggled in competition, Dr. Temple’s practical approach will help you develop confidence, drive, and resilience, so you can bounce back from setbacks, relax when the game gets tense, and reach your full potential.

About the Author

Dr. Pete Temple, the founder of Mind's Eye Sports Performance in Geneva, Illinois, has worked as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, with a focus on sports psychology. He works with athletes at all levels, from the eighth grade to the professional ranks. He is also on the Board of Advisors for The Right Profile, which assesses athletes for a wide variety of professional sports teams. He has a bachelor's degree from DePauw University and a doctorate, with honors, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A former college quarterback, Temple is married with two adult children.

Mental Mechanics

Confidence

Confidence

Confidence is a basic belief that you are up to the task, whatever that task may be.

Drive

Drive

Drive is intentional about your efforts, goals, and motivations because you want to improve as an athlete.

Emotion

Emotion

Emotion is the ability to focus beyond the feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, or elation

Mindset

Mindset

Mindset is the ability to control and direct your thoughts in a challenging moment.

Resilience

Resilience

Resilience is the ability to empty the BOX so that the only play you think about is the one unfolding in the present.