Athletes and Teams

Special remote programming while we all stay at home during the pandemic:

Tennis legend Chris Evert said, “Competitive toughness is an acquired skill and not an inherited gift.”

This down time is a perfect opportunity to work on acquiring the hard skills that lead to that competitive toughness. We have remote-learning offerings for coaches and players to learn the basics of Jeff’s work on the mental aspects of the game—The Five I’s (Imagination, Independence, Intestinal Fortitude, which all lead to solid Identity), which are critical for success on game day and beyond.

There are three options:

Work with your team: Jeff can do a remote 6-week course with your team. This includes weekly 90-minute Zoom classes for your players and coaches as well as 20-minute individual meetings with all of your players or small groups of players. Cost: $750 for the course + $50 per individual meeting (perhaps families can fund these individual meetings).

Class for Coaches: Register for a small-group 6-week class of hour-long Zoom calls. Cost: $100/coach includes the course plus a 20-minute individual session to discuss your team.

Class for Players: Register for a small 6-week class of hour-long Zoom calls. This is great for team captains or future team leaders. Cost: $100/player includes the course plus a 20-minute individual session.

The curriculum is below. To register for any of the above, please use the form below or call/text me at 603-496-0305.

Curriculum for Zoom Classes

Introduction to the Five I’s

Week 1
Opening joint program with parents and kids
The 90% Rule has to be explained and accepted.

Week 2
Develop a full understanding of the Digital Age, with its many distractions and confidence drains.
Almost all kids have Outcome Fever.
Almost all parents use the New Parenting Playbook, which doesn’t work in hockey (or any sport).
Results aren’t all that matters—enjoying the journey!

Week 3: The Five I’s
Learning the positives of failure and using adversity to fuel success: begin to learn the rudiments of identity which leads to intentional confidence.
The critical importance of imagination and being true to ourselves and finding a sense of purpose, inspiration, and mission.
The overarching benefits of authenticity, independence, intestinal fortitude, integrity, and connection.

Week 4
Introduction to being vulnerable: the chemistry on a team can’t be maximized until the kids really understand one another’s journeys. You can’t get to purpose and good performance without understanding and dealing with:

Adversities (trauma)
Gremlins (thanks to Rick Carson)
Elephants: putting phones away and developing real steadiness and focus.

Week 5
Every player works on a Personalized Performance Plan to maximize their mentality and, therefore, their performance on game days and beyond.
Setting MENTAL goals: learning to devise a plan, implement that plan, achieve benchmarks, and reach goals.

Week 6
Special work with captains and coaches to make them pistons in the engine.
Accountability: develop a mission statement and how to stick to it.

Individual coaching: As always, I am available to work with players and coaches on an individual basis, albeit by Zoom or outdoors with social distancing during COVID-19. Feel free to use the contact form below or call/text me at 603-496-0305 to discuss your needs.

Here is our general information on our team-building program for athletes:

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Communicating with and motivating today’s “modern” kids can be a challenge for coaches today. My team-building programs provide an airtight methodology for coaches to improve those dynamics on and off the field.

Just as athletes need to work on their physical skills, they also need to work on their emotional and mental skills. With a combination of group and individual meetings, I bring 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.

Here is more information on my team-building program.

Here is more information on my work with individual athletes.

After two hours with Jeff, not a single boy in the room had checked the time. It was a transformative experience for us. Jeff has a gift in reading people and fundamentally wants to improve our outlook on our seasons, our relationships and our lives. Between the group and individual connections, all our emotions were in play, and he created a powerfully trusting and positive environment. He is a healer, a motivator, an entertainer and always an ally. – Chip Davis, Deerfield Academy Athletic Director and boys’ lacrosse head coach.

The curriculum includes hard skills such as:

  • Mental steadiness and focus
  • Ability to use adversity to fuel success instead of failure
  • To play with lasting, intentional confidence,
  • To manage the “gremlins” in their heads, so positivity prevails
  • Manage stress and anxiety, both individually and as a group
  • To set goals: participants learn to devise a plan, implement that plan, achieve benchmarks and reach goals
  • Drive: Find a sense of purpose – what does it look like if they’re successful? What is it going to look like if they don’t achieve their goals?
  • Be a better teammate and more coachable player.

I then teach players to apply these skills to specific aspects of their game: mental steadiness and focus allow you to see the ball or puck more clearly, the ability to use adversity to fuel success allows you to not lose your composure when you miss a shot, and so on.

How am I different from a sports psychologist? Sport psychologists have many techniques to help players perform better despite their issues. I delve deeper and focus on why a player has issues in the first place and work with them, using the forward-thinking methodology of life-coaching, to get past their issues and thus reduce their impact on the player.

The work is intense, but fun. I teach 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 and discuss the methodology for doing so. The confidence kids learn, combined with an increasing sense of family, is an unbeatable combination.

I customize every workshop to the circumstances of the situation: Please contact me to discuss your team’s particular requirements and how can they can best be met in a workshop or consultation setting. I am glad to discuss your goals and how we can achieve them.

I also offer both short- and long-term individual life coaching as well as keynote addresses.

I am a senior on the softball team. I just wanted to take the time to email you and let you know that I really enjoyed the leadership workshop with Jeff Levin last night. Going into the meeting I figured it was going to be someone just talking at us giving us pointers on how to grow as a leader on an athletic team. However, Jeff made it so much more than that. The workshop was interactive and everyone participated. I feel like after only an hour-long meeting with him I have learned more about myself and how to grow into a better leader than I have in any other way. After talking to a few athletes who were also at one of the workshops last night, I have heard nothing but positive feedback.

I just wanted to take the time to personally let you know how much we enjoyed the workshop and how much we learned from it. – Emily M.

For us, this is about sports, but also so much more than sports. Here is our mission statement:

JLC Team Building offers aspiring athletes and their families and coaches an opportunity for a variety of immersion experiences in leadership and character development. Athletes across this country have opportunities to create team experiences together that, going well beyond wins and losses, are life changing. Our mission is to teach and inspire student athletes to become the best they can be in all facets of the game on and off the field—to behave selflessly for the Team… to believe in the power of the experience… and to generally come to see that the world needs leaders who are creative, confident, focused, perseverant, caring, courageous, tough, fair, and, most of all, independent in thought and action. We seek to do our part 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 companies for which they work, and the young people whom they coach in directions that exemplify true values, keeping the Golden Rule at the heart of everything they do, everything they teach, and everything they are.