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Cultivating Mental Toughness in Girls' Sports

When we think about the benefits of sports, daily exercise usually sticks out as one of the top advantages of playing on a team. While that's certainly a plus, don't overlook the mental health benefits that come with playing on a team. At NJ Crush Elite Girls Soccer Club, we're dedicated to creating an environment that offers mental training as well as physical. Our players come to us from Morristown, NJ and the surrounding communities in Bergen County, and leave our programs with better self-image and increased mental toughness.

How Soccer Clubs Enhance Mental Health


Participating on a soccer team brings more benefits than just physical ones. While your daughter will get plenty of exercise on the field, many players also experience improvements in their mental health. NJ Crush Elite Girls Soccer Club is committed to emphasizing these benefits as well as the physical. Here are some of the ways soccer and mental training better overall mental health:

  • Mental Toughness: Mental toughness is essential in everyday life, especially as we get older. This trait allows girls to take on challenges and handle adversity without giving up. Soccer teaches players that when things get difficult, staying calm and composed will help them grow in the long run.

  • Social Skills: Isolation can take a significant toll on mental health. But when you're playing in a soccer club, you'll have regular contact with peers. Our players develop lifelong friendships with their teammates.

  • Motivation: Our soccer clubs help to enhance girls' motivation. When players find a passion for soccer, they're more likely to project their newfound motivation onto other aspects of their life, including school.
  • Confidence: Playing sports has been shown to increase confidence and self-esteem in young girls. It shows them that with hard work and perseverance, they can achieve their goals. Soccer teams also make players feel as though they're important contributors to something greater than themselves.

  • Mentorship: Participating on a soccer team offers girls the chance to gain a new mentor. Mentors are crucial to growth and can help mentees see the world from a new perspective.

Meet Gary Pritchard, Our Certified Mental Coach


Coach Gary Pritchard is a Certified Mental Coach (CMC) who has dedicated his life to helping others improve their skills on and off the field. He's a former public school teacher, having taught and coached at Bayshore Junior & Senior High School. Gary has coached various youth sports since 1975 and has spent the last 20 years as a Select and high school soccer coach. He also served as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division 2 Felician University.


Coach Gary has nearly a half-century of experience teaching and coaching girls' soccer players on how to perform mentally when faced with adversity. At NJ Crush Elite Girls Soccer Club, he offers group sessions that incorporate props, formulas, visual cues, sayings, worksheets, videos, stories, and sharing real game experiences. Team sessions are conducted on the field and in the classroom, and players come away with a new perspective on the game and inspiration to play harder.

Contact Us to Learn More About Registration


Registering your daughter for a soccer team is a big decision that requires a lot of commitment. But not to worry, NJ Crush Elite Girls Soccer Club has created a streamlined sign-up and tryout process. If your daughter is interested in our teams, clubs, summer camp, or winter programs, feel free to contact our team with any questions.