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Sports Psychologist
Posted by: P G Tips (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 07:05

Just got a Press Release from the Club re Katie Warriner -excellent pedigree:

"Sports Performance Psychologist and Mental Skills Coach, Katie Warriner will join Bath Rugby ahead of the 18/19 campaign.

Warriner is highly regarded in her field and has supported multiple Olympic athletes and World Champions within the incredibly successful Team GB.

Most recently, Katie has worked as Senior Team Mental Skills Coach with England and Great Britain Hockey, adding to the excellent reputation she’s developed in Sports Psychology over the past four seasons supporting head coach Simon Amor with England Sevens Rugby.

In Katie’s role she will drive performance by working with the coaches and the players developing individual and collective strategies and skill sets to cope with the variety of mind-related areas of high performance sport.

Commenting on her appointment, Katie Warriner said; “Psychology and mental skills coaching now play an essential role in the world of professional sport and it's a privilege to be working in this area with elite players, coaches and leaders. My goal is to help those I work with understand that there is a fundamental psychological process involved in delivering a successful performance and, if you focus on the process, and invest time getting that right first, the results absolutely follow. I've been inspired by the vision at Bath Rugby and very much look forward to working with the team to further strengthen their mental game and to thrive amidst the demands of high performance sport."

Todd Blackadder, Director of Rugby commented; “It can be incredibly challenging to manage both the mental and physical side of the game. Our players and coaches are focused on delivering performances week in, week out, and everyone at the Club lives and breathes the game. You can’t underestimate the psychological impact this has, especially when we are focused on delivering the consistent level of performance that was lacking at times during 2017/18. Katie has shown real expertise in this area, she will provide a much-needed additional dimension to our support structures and I am sure that she will make an invaluable contribution for 2018/19 and beyond.”
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive remarked;
“Katie has shown real expertise and a clear capability to work within team sports and embed herself with the players, coaching team and staff of an organisation to help achieve outstanding results. Whilst we have previously been providing tactical sports psychology support in specific instances, we have been focused for some time on finding the right person to embed in our team and deliver a deeper and longer lasting impact. We are delighted to welcome Katie to the Club, she is an exceptional practitioner and brings with her a unique skill set that will help us to provide the right support to our players both as individuals and collectively, as well as the coaching and support teams.”

Katie’s appointment is part of Bath Rugby’s long-term plan for developing the right support structures to deliver successful and consistent performances in both domestic and European rugby."

PG



P G Tips



Alex Davies: my adopted Player, 2018-19.



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Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Bath Hammer (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 07:16

That is great news - another piece in the jigsaw. If I remember correctly that just leaves a fitness guru & a replacement for Obano as well as Atwood maintaining his firm commitment to return to us. Personally I would also like extra cover for the props & centres, both areas I fear will be depleted by injuries.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: gaz59 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 07:17

Could be the best piece of recruitment we've done in many years and great to see her brief includes support for the coaches

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Rawce (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 08:28

Great news. Things are looking more and more up. Welcome Katie.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Boldangrey (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 08:48

Excellent news. Long time coming.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: cb2 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 09:27

It is great to have one but can club rugby afford to appoint such people and still make a profit? The competitive element in the game drives clubs to such things but the money in the game is not huge and I can't see it making a massive jump in the next couple of years.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: shipwrecked (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 09:30

Agree, if she has worked with the hockey team they have proved to be mentally resilient, remember the last player penalty shootout! Excellent news.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: annie blackthorn (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 09:34

Every top team has a sports psychologist - you need to get out more cb2.


Its one of the elements that was painfully obvious to see last season with the seesawing of results and the body language of the team at times. Good luck to her- it wont be easy with all the personalities involved at the top of the club.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: DanWiley (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 10:11

"It is great to have one but can club rugby afford to appoint such people and still make a profit? "

How much can we be paying her? I can't imagine its more than one top line player, and its outside the cap, and to me could be easily more valuable any one given player if we get more out of all 23.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: hasta (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 10:25

The prem salary cap is £7m. There are ~45 players in the cap. If you could improve 50% of them by 5% that's worth £175k. I suspect she's not on anything like that.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Bathovalballer (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 10:41

Hopefully Katie can work her wonder andvinstill some real dog and backbone and clear thinking when under pressure into the players. Also generate a real sense of togetherness and team spirit and mutual support. Regrettably the DA situation doesn't help one iota!

Now please can we announce two new forward signings, a teak tough prop, ideally a tight head and a similar bruiser for the second row. ( I assume Obano's replacement will be temporary.)

Forget about centres and backs, build a huge, teak tough pack, preferably with some mobility, as without the ball winning forwards the backs are not going to contribute much to win games.

Winning regularly will also help with the psychology!



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Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: cb2 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 10:41

Hasta - does performing better mean making more money? Exeter seem to be doing okay with the money side of things and performance, but Sarries are struggling and you can hardly get more successful than them.

My point, Annie, is that most clubs are losing money but they continue to appoint people as if the pro game is doing great. Turning a profit means getting in more money or reducing the amount going out or both. It would be great to have a team of coaches and behind the scene staff but if you cannot afford them, then you cannot afford them.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: P G Tips (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 10:43

Quote:
Bath Hammer
That is great news - another piece in the jigsaw. If I remember correctly that just leaves a fitness guru.

Correct BH - that was the briefing. Obviously injuries since then and The Attwood situation have added to the recruiting needs but the Strength & Conditioning appointment would complete the support staff plan.

PG

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: BathMatt53 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 11:41

Quote:
cb2
Hasta - does performing better mean making more money? Exeter seem to be doing okay with the money side of things and performance, but Sarries are struggling and you can hardly get more successful than them.
My point, Annie, is that most clubs are losing money but they continue to appoint people as if the pro game is doing great. Turning a profit means getting in more money or reducing the amount going out or both. It would be great to have a team of coaches and behind the scene staff but if you cannot afford them, then you cannot afford them.

Exe money is down to the non-rugby commercial infrastructure etc which makes them an absolute packet. I don’t think that any club is making money if you just focus on the rugby finances.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: DanWiley (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 11:59

"Hasta - does performing better mean making more money?"

Well, for one thing, yes. If you do better you will make more money over time.

Secondly, yes. If we can get a decent AP player to perform as a international, that would save us money.

Thirdly, yes. A lot of time spend injured is as much down to the mental condition of a player as physical. Think Mike Catt and Irish. If we can get players mentally fit it means a smaller squad which will cost less.

If she's good she could very well end up in us saving money.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Ian E (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 12:24

Dave Attwood might be in a different place had we had a Sports Psycholgist in place?

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: Beergoggles (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 15:45

Good appointment. Pointless spending lots of dosh on players if you can't get them physically and mentally right.

Actually might be worth appointing a mind coach for the posters on ERE .. maybe balance out the cycle that fluctuates from world beaters to no hopers dependent on the most recent result.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: DownSouth (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 18:42

Quote:
hasta
The prem salary cap is £7m. There are ~45 players in the cap. If you could improve 50% of them by 5% that's worth £175k. I suspect she's not on anything like that.

That’s some quality maths, Carol Vorderman

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: @Hydor18 (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 18:58

Quote:
cb2
Hasta - does performing better mean making more money? Exeter seem to be doing okay with the money side of things and performance, but Sarries are struggling and you can hardly get more successful than them.

I think the more appropriate description in relation to rugby is that performing better makes clubs lose less.

Re: Sports Psychologist
Posted by: hasta (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 19:38

Perform better, win more, sell more tickets, sell more merch. Ignoring the savings points also made above.

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