March 19th, 2011 13:58 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Steven Yellin, Author of The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes
PMPM Sports has its origins in two remarkable experiences that its founders, Steven Yellin and Buddy Biancalana, had on the athletic field.
In 1975, I (Steven) was a senior on the University of Pennsylvania tennis team. But after a successful junior tennis career in Florida (Florida State High School singles champion) and three years of playing varsity tennis on Penn`s team, I was burnt out on tennis. As they say, the thrill was gone.
But something remarkable happened one day in a challenge match I played in my senior year. Something happened that launched a lifetime career of teaching sports from another level. On that day, I went into the Zone. Not only did I go into the Zone, but I REALLY went into the Zone. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before, either on the court or off the court. My game became so superfluid and effortless that it felt like I was not even playing tennis. This experience completely changed my understanding of tennis (and eventually of all sports).
For the next year, I thought about that experience every day. I analyzed it from every conceivable angle and eventually came up with a remarkable and sports-transforming realization: what you do when you do nothing on the court is more important than what you do when you do something, because in that moment of doing nothing, the motion is formed.
Here was the secret to the Zone. The secret is in that arena of silence before the motion starts. If the correct arena is formed, then the Zone can knock on your door. If the correct arena is not formed (and it is a very subtle arena to construct), then the Zone most likely will not knock on your door that day.
I spent the next 30 years developing drills and concepts that would allow someone to have that same experience.
The co-founder of PMPM Sports, Buddy Biancalana, had similar experiences in the 1985 World Series as the starting shortstop for the eventual champions, the Kansas City Royals. In those seven games of the most pressure-packed athletic contest imaginable, he also went into the Zone (see Getting on Top and Staying There " in the Article`s section).
Like my experience, it was remarkable in every way. He hit .278 (he was a career .205 hitter), played errorless at shortstop and got some game-winning hits and made some game-saving plays.
When Buddy and I met in 2006, we talked about our experiences and we shared stories. I told him what I was teaching and he started to teach baseball players the drills and understanding of sports I have been teaching tennis players and golfers for 30 years. In those 30 years I had seen remarkable transformations in my students` game.
When Buddy applied these drills to baseball, he saw the same results. Quite honestly, he was astonished. Quite honestly, I wasn`t, as I realized long ago that motion is motion, whether it is the motion of a tennis player or the motion of a pitcher or a hitter. Motion has the same origin in any athlete.
Within a few months of starting PMPM Sports we had broken into Major League Baseball and had players using our drills. We plan on doing the same with professional athletes in all sports.
Our understanding of sports identifies the essential conditions of what happens when someone plays lights out ". We teach athletes how to set up those conditions by design, rather than by chance, as is usually the case. It is a powerful, simple and systematic approach which any athlete in any sport can learn and which will allow them to reach their potential.
We invite you contact us and try it for yourself.
The 7 Secrets of World Class Athletes takes you into the minds of super-star athletes when they are on top of their game.
The fascinating concept is that regardless of what sport they are playing, they have to be experiencing identical processes in their minds. That is because the mind-body connection works the same for everyone.