How high can you fly?
||Without Limits! That's me skying above the Taj Mahal!|
As a mental training coach, I work with athletes and teams in all sports and at all levels, from middle school to professional athletes. I teach cutting edge mental training skills, techniques and provide the tools necessary for athletes to compete in high level pressure situations.
My unique approach recognizes that life events such as stress, injuries, fears and emotional/physical trauma-like experiences can affect an athlete’s self esteem, confidence, and performance during competitive situations. I help athletes release these blocks so they can play free - like they did while learning the game in the first place.
A few key principles I believe in include:
The athlete is a person first and a performer second
The athlete isn’t broken, nor do they need to be fixed; however, they often need help to uncover their true potential
Setbacks, obstacles, and failure are a learning tool and part of the process.
A highly functioning parent, coach, player triad is key for lasting success
Success comes when an athlete focuses on what they can control
Choice and personal responsibility fuel a person’s success
Self-awareness is imperative for change
My genuine intentions and inspiring manner encourage both athletes and teams to work through peak performance issues from the inside out. This approach encourages athletes and teams to adopt a relaxed and confident manner, reaching towards a place without boundaries and limits. Ultimately, this means that athletes are able to reach a point where they do not over-think competition or results, but trust their hours of practice, preparation, and instincts.
Rob has earned a Masters degree (MA) in Psychological Studies with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Seton Hall University (SHU), and has completed his Certification in Sport Psychology from SHU. He is a Certified Professional Coach from IPEC, an International Federation Coaching Affiliate. His undergraduate degree is from Tulane University.
In addition to Rob’s private practice, he serves as the Mental Training Coach for Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, NJ and Lee Hurst’s 360 High Performance Tennis Program, where he conducts workshops, interactive player circles, 1-on-1 sessions with players, and parent interventions. Nationally, Rob has presented workshops for Seton Hall, Drew University and other college, high school, and club programs. Additionally, Rob has presented at the US Open for the USPTA Eastern Division Coaches, USTA CTC programs and the annual Intercollegiate Association (ITA) conference for college coaches in Naples, FL and the annual NJSIAA conference for New Jersey High School Tennis coaches. This summer he will be conducting a week long workshop called ‘Unleashing the Player Within’ at the highly acclaimed Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and offering the Inside the Zone Mental Training Certification program at Centercourt in Chatham, NJ, and other top sport locations (see events section).
||Rob Polishook, MA, CPC wearing his finest shoes and ITZ shirt for his Seton Hall Masters Graduation. He was awarded distinguished student of the year second last year.|
Internationally, he has presented innovative sport performance workshops and seminars. Most recently, he presented to India's top junior players in Bangalore, at the Karnataka Lawn and Tennis Association and in Israel, to the Israeli Tennis Center coaches, junior players, and sport psychology staff at their flagship location in Ramat Harashon, Israel.
Rob’s articles have been published by the USPTA, ITA, USTA and other nationwide publications (see news section). Rob is an accomplished 5.0 tennis player and USPTA certified coach. He has coached the NJ State Champion in 2006, and received the 2007 Coach of the Year Award for high school women’s tennis. He also received the 2008 USPTA Eastern Division High School Coach of the Year Award. He continues to coach the 16 and under USTA- Eastern zonal team.