Titans Assignment due Thurs. Oct. 13, 2011 Posted

October 9, 2011

The Titans paper assignment is posted.


Homework/Follow-up for Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 4, 2011
  1. If Thursday is Mountain Day the Miracle paper will be due on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 11:59 a.m.
  2. I will send out the final syllabus and course schedule on Thursday – in a course dependent on student presentations (and papers due shortly thereafter) I do not like to send out the final syllabus until the course add date and Mountain Day (in the fall semesters) are past.
  3. Reminder that you need to have a “peer” review your Miracle paper before submitting.  When you submit, please state the name of the person who peer-reviewed your paper.
  4. I will get your Pong papers back to you by tomorrow.
  5. Here is the Psychological Skills Questionnaire to complete by Thursday – be prepared to discuss your best and worst category in a small group (brainstorm strategies to improve that category):  Athletic Coping Skills Inventory (ASCI)

Homework for Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 1, 2011


1.  Make sure that you have returned your Ping Pong paper feedback to your partner (obviously the best and easiest time to have done that would have been in class on Thursday).

2. The deadline for re-submitting your Ping Pong paper (after having taken into account the peer feedback) is Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11:59 a.m.  If you have already submitted a peer-reviewed paper – just drop me a line confirming that that is the paper you want graded.

3.  As per the Ping Pong paper description, you need to submit your paper AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT via email.  That means A SINGLE DOCUMENT (single document).  Your paper will be returned ungraded if you attempt so submit any scraps of paper, or secondary files with Appendices, etc.

4.  If you miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining any lecture information from a classmate (i.e., do not ask me “what did I miss” or “could you go over what you talked about”) – so I highly recommend you each find yourself an ESS220 “buddy” in case you miss a class.

5. I have notice that six of you have not subscribed to our class site, despite my subtle hint.  So 100 push-ups at the start of next class for those not subscribed.

The Miracle film description and resources needed to write the Miracle paper are listed on the Miracle page of this blog.  Alexis will start us off with her presentation on Tuesday, and I then I will spend a brief period of time explaining the “paragraph” structure you should be using for academic writing in (sport) psychology.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments section of the Miracle page so that your classmates can also profit from your question and answer.

Homework for Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 27, 2011
  1. Do three, 10-minute relaxation training sessions between now and next Tuesday, October 4th – you will hand in the log at that time (level of relaxation before and after your training).
  2. For Thursday’s class:  develop a sport-specific exercise (about 5-10 minutes in length) for each of the five mental skills for your sport (or performance activity).  Be prepared to present your sport-specific exercise to the rest of the class (what procedures exactly, when during practice, where you will do it, and why – what is the purpose?).
  3. Read Chapter 11 in the text on PST (read once – background reading to get an overview).
  4. Read both the Orlick & Partington (1988) and Bacon (1989) articles:  Orlick & Partington (1988), Bacon (1989). Again – background reading to get an overview of PST – so just read once – no need to take notes.
  5. A few more “virtual conference” tweets will be coming out for you to check out.
  6. Spend 30 minutes “editing” your peer’s paper.  Check for typos and spelling, and highlight areas where “grammar could be better” or where “things could be more clear”.

Virtual Class Instructions for Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 20, 2011


If you are interested in the topic of Sport Psychology, obviously one of the best things you can do is attend a conference on the topic – all the latest ideas, newest research and top names in the field!

I have planned a series of learning activities centered around the conference, which will take approximately the same amount of time as an actual class – so one hour and twenty minutes.

This might also be a good time to remind you that the expectation for out of class preparation and homework at Smith College (check the Bulletin and Faculty code) is two hours per credit – so in a 4-credit class like ours that is about 8 hours a week (averaged over the semester of course).  I plan very carefully so that the “average” student will not exceed this limit in my class – please let me know (you will need to track this) if the amount of work exceeds this.

Your learning activities will not be graded, but you must “attend” the virtual class (i.e., complete all the activities) and be prepared to show that you have completed all activities (i.e., you may be asked to show me your Twitter account, show me your comments on YouTube video, etc.).

The Virtual class starts on Wed. morning and finishes on Sunday.  The primary communication method is Twitter – instructions will be sent out via a Tweet – so you will need to check your Twitter account every 2-3 hours.  I have decided not to proceed with the Skype option, as it is a little complicated.  Here is a summary of what you need to do.  If you are uncertain of any procedures, you can Google or watch a YouTube video on the topic as these are “commonly” accepted  tools.

  1. Open a Twitter account and follow me:  @squashscience.
  2. Every 2-3 hours do a search on your Twitter account using “#aasp2011” to find out what other conference participants are Tweeting about.
  3. Visit the AASP Conference page and download the Conference program. Read the topics of the presentations including the poster sessions. Choose and send out 3 Tweets with your top three presentations (e.g., “great talk on psych of eating disorders, Th. @ 2:00).
  4. Visit the AASP Resource Center, reading the sections for Athletes and Coaches.
  5. Every time I post a video to YouTube – leave a short comment.

That’s it – I’ll be starting Tweeting tomorrow at about 3:00 pm your time (6-hour time difference).

Class Prep for tomorrow (Thursday)

September 14, 2011
  1. Here is my presentation summarizing the steps to analyzing a film:  Analyzing Film in Sport Psycholgy.
  2. Here are instructions for using Apple DVD player to “bookmark” clips:  Apple_DVD_Player_Bookmarks_Clips.
  3. Here is a copy of the viewing guide for “Ping Pong” – you are free to use it:  Ping Pong Suggested Viewing Guide.
  4. Here is the link to the Ping Pong Paper description.
  5. Bring your laptop to class tomorrow and you can temporarily (must be deleted when we finish analyzing the film) transfer Ping Pong as an .mp4 file to watch on QuickTime (free download from Apple if you do not have it).
  6. If you wish to watch or analyze any of our films another way (e.g., DVD you are responsible for that – e.g., Netflix, etc.)
  7. I cannot find an online source  or reference for Stephanie’s “trim and save as” technique for QuickTime 10 (innovation?) so we can go over it in class.

Bring your laptops as we will be starting to write your paper – the topic of tomorrow’s class:  Writing in the Discipline of Sport Psychology.

Homework for Wed. Sept. 14, 2011

September 13, 2011
Here are the readings you will need to analyze and write your paper on “Ping Pong”.
Acknowledging that you may not have time to read them all before watching the film –  read as much as you can.  If you cannot – no problem – you can read them after.  The purpose of this first reading is “background” – the readings will be a little bit more in depth than my lecture, and will make you more familiar with the terms I will be using to analyze the film.
I have listed the readings in the order you should try and read them:
AGT Readings:

Text Reading:

Motivation:  51-55

Personality:  29-33

Achievement: 65-67

Competitiveness: 105-109

Children: 516-520

Chapter in Book:

Harwood, C., & Biddle, S. (2002). The application of achievement goal theory in youth sport. In I.M. Cockerill (Ed.) Solutions in sport psychology (pp. 58-64). International Thomson Business.  AGT

Reminder to complete the two questionnaires we handed out in class – bring them both to the presentation as we will score them together before the start of the film.

Flow Readings:

Text Reading:  pp. 148-155

Journal Article:

Jackson, S.A., Ford, S.K., Kimiecik, J.C., & Marsh, H.W. (1998). Psychological correlates of flow in sport. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4, 358-378.  Jackson, et al. (1998)  (Read the introduction and the discussion at the end)

Here is the link to Chick-sent-mihali talking about flow (start watching at the 2:00 minute mark):  http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html

Cultural Sport Psychology Reading:

Kozuma, Y. (2009). Samurai & science:  Sport psychology in Japan. In R.J. Schinke, & S.J. Hanrahan (Eds.). Cultural Sport Psychology (pp. 205-217). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Kozuma (2009)

Reminder that our class tomorrow, Wed. September 14, will start at 8:30 sharp down at the squash courts – we will start with a short ping pong lesson so you are familiar enough with the sport to understand the psychological significance of the technical aspects of the game.

At 9:00 p.m. I will role model the film analysis – how to obtain and set up your video, how to create a viewing guide, how to annotate while you watch.

You should make every effort to attend, as it will make writing this and future papers and your presentation much easier.  If you are unable to attend, I will be videotaping key parts of my presentation that you can access and watch later.

In Thursday’s class, we will take the data and analysis you collected during my presentation , and work on setting up your paper in the style used in sport psychology (very different from the life sciences and English for example).

Homework for Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

September 10, 2011
  1. Write a one-page (no more – no less) description of your best-ever performance in sport (or other performance activity) focussing on the psychological or emotional aspects of your performance.  Formatting requirements:  double-spaced, 1″ margins, separate title page (also double-spaced) with a title for your paper, our class title, your name, the date you wrote the paper.  Bring TWO copies of your paper and a TWO highlighters (2 different colors) to class with you.
  2. Email me your top three choices (1,2,3) of film AND topic (if you are uncertain about this just submit the film) for your presentation (choices are listed on the right side of  this blog).
  3. Here is a copy of our DRAFT class schedule:  ESS 220 Fall 2011 Course Outline DRAFT.
  4. Remember that we have a special film/viewing lecture this Wed., Sept. 14, from 8:00 – 11:00 pm where I am going to a) go over “how to analyze film” and b) present the analysis of the first film “Ping Pong”  you will be writing a paper on.
  5. Link to text for our course is here:  Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology (5th Ed.).  Note the e-book is cheapest.
  6. Quick reminder of evaluation (to be posted in more detail with final syllabus):
  • Develop and submit a Mental Training Program (MTP) – 20% – last class.
  • Final Test – 50 multiple choice/short answer – 20% – last class.
  • Film Analysis Presentation (30 min.) – 20%
  • Paper 1 – Ping Pong – 10%
  • Paper 2 (15%) & 3 (15%) – your choice of film

Portfolio Checklist

December 14, 2010

As discussed, I have simply made up with the checklist by going back to the first post on our blog’s main page – so items are simply in chronological order – except that I have made a separate list for questionnaires (in case you would like to reference them as you go through your athletic experiences/life to help explain your behavior (a couple of items from film pages – these are noted). Thanks to Genevieve for providing a list which I used to double-check the list!:


1. Personal Best Description
2. VMBR exercise

3. Journal Report Form on Seabourne et al. (1985)

4. Sport-specific “specific preparation phase” and “competitive phase” mental training examples

5. Complete Ravizza Chapter Review Form.

6. Complete 2-Factor ANOVA

7.  Attentional Exercise

8. Wikispaces edits (4-5)


1.IPS Rating Card Card

2. CSAI-2 (as CTAI-2 – trait)


4. TAIS-SF (Short Form)

5. TOPS for Roy – or self (Tin Cup paper description)

6. TSCI for Roy (or Self – Tin Cup description)

7. TEOSQ and PMCSQ-2 (class handout Ping Pong)

8. FSS-2 (class handout Ping Pong)

Allie’s Powerpoint Posted

December 9, 2010

Bend It Cultural Competence Slides from Allie