Welcome ODP Water Polo Players & Parents!

This is your invitation to join the exclusive 8-week mental performance training program from Mental Grit, designed to empower elite teenage water polo athletes with the mental skills necessary for peak performance in practice and competition.

What: Mental Mastery Tactics Group Training: Mental Performance Tactics for Teen Water Polo Athletes

Cost: $249/Athlete – Must be 14+ years of age!

When: Starting Feb 11th – March 31st | Meeting Sundays 5PM – 6PM MST

Where: Virtual Online

Who: Coach Nate Last + Special Guests

Barriers We Tackle:

Mental Blocks: Tackle the invisible barriers of pre-match anxiety, self-doubt, and fear of failure.

Performance Inconsistency: Address the frustration of fluctuating performance, ensuring stability and consistency in every game.

Pressure Situations: Transform the experience of high-stakes situations from overwhelming to empowering.

Team Dynamics: Improve interpersonal skills, communication, and understanding within the team for a more cohesive unit.

Dealing with Setbacks: Develop strategies to quickly recover from disappointments and maintain a positive trajectory.

Key Takeaways:

Resilience: Acquire a comprehensive set of strategies and techniques for mental toughness, adaptable to both sports and life challenges.

Sharpened Focus and Concentration: Learn to direct and maintain attention where it matters most, enhancing mental acuity during crucial moments.

Confidence Boost: Build a stronger sense of self-belief, equipping you to face any competitor with confidence.

Practical, Applied Skills: Gain actionable skills for immediate improvement in practices and competitive scenarios.

Mentorship from an Expert: Receive ongoing support and guidance from Nate Last, leveraging his extensive experience in sports psychology.

Join us to break through mental barriers and unlock your true potential in the pool. Enroll now and be ready to dominate in USA Waterpolo ODP events and beyond.

Program Details


  • 🏆 Professional Techniques: Learn mental tactics used by collegiate and Olympic athletes to elevate your mental game.
  • 💪 Confidence and Preparation: Boost confidence and preparation skills for enhanced performance in practices and competitions.
  • 🎯 Focus and Consistency: Sharpen concentration and maintain performance consistency through effective attention control and routines.
  • 👥 Team Cohesion: Improve team communication and unity, fostering a supportive and cohesive team environment.
  • 🛠️ Practical Application: Apply these mental skills in practical scenarios, integrating them seamlessly into your training and competitions.
  • 🌱 Resilience Development: Build mental resilience to effectively handle competitive pressures, setbacks, and adversity.


Exclusive App Access: Elevating Your Training Experience

Join our water polo mental performance program and unlock special access to our innovative app. Dive into a wealth of training materials and connect with peers in a dedicated group space.

Plus, explore the Mental Grit Training Grounds, a dynamic section filled with weekly content to boost your mental game. This exclusive app access offers an integrated learning experience and continuous skill development, keeping you ahead in your mental performance journey.

The Meat and Potatoes of the Program

Dive deep into the strategic process of setting and actively pursuing well-defined goals. Learn to craft goals that are not only challenging but also achievable, and understand the power of intentionality in driving every action towards these goals. We will explore techniques for maintaining focus on long-term aspirations while managing short-term objectives, ensuring a balanced approach to personal and athletic growth.

Gain insights into the dynamics of psychological momentum in sports. Understand how to build and sustain a positive momentum cycle (The Flywheel), creating a self-reinforcing loop of confidence, performance, and success. Conversely, learn strategies to identify and break free from negative patterns (The Doom Loop) that can hinder performance and morale.

Explore the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and their application in sports psychology. This segment focuses on developing mental agility to accept challenging thoughts and emotions without letting them derail performance. Learn how to stay committed to your values and actions that propel you towards your goals, effectively changing your ‘head game’ to support peak performance.

Comprehensive examination of the four integral phases of athletic performance: Preparation, Activation, Execution, and Reflection. Each phase is crucial and requires specific mental skills and strategies. Learn how to effectively prepare mentally and physically, activate the right mindset, execute skills under pressure, and reflect constructively post-performance for continuous improvement.

Master the skills to understand and regulate emotions and physiological responses. This topic focuses on achieving the READY state – a balance of emotional and physical arousal that is optimal for individual performance. Techniques for controlling adrenaline, managing stress, and harnessing emotions positively will be covered.

Develop advanced skills in concentration and attention control. This section teaches methods to direct and maintain focus, especially under high-pressure situations. Strategies to avoid distractions, maintain mental clarity, and enhance the ability to concentrate on critical aspects of performance will be a key focus.

Transform self-talk into a powerful ally. This topic delves into the mechanisms of internal dialogue and how to channel them positively. Learn to convert negative, self-defeating talk into positive affirmations and motivational speeches, turning internal chatter into a tool for boosting confidence and performance.

Integrate the learned mental skills into comprehensive priming routines. This section is about developing personalized routines that ensure you are mentally and physically primed for any competitive scenario. Tailor these routines to suit individual needs, ensuring readiness and peak performance in any situation.

Enhance performance through effective and controlled mental imagery. This part of the course will cover techniques to create vivid, detailed, and purposeful mental images that mirror actual sports experiences. Learn how to use imagery to improve technique, strategize game plays, and mentally rehearse for competitions.


The course runs for 8 weeks, with sessions every Sunday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM, starting February 11th and ending March 31st. It includes interactive workshops, practical exercises, and group discussions.

This course is designed for teenage athletes, and participants must be 14 years of age or older to enroll. The curriculum and activities are tailored to meet the developmental and competitive needs of athletes in this age group, particularly those involved in USA Waterpolo ODP events. This age requirement ensures that the content is relevant and appropriately challenging for all participants.

This group training is specifically tailored for elite teenage athletes participating in USA Waterpolo ODP events. It’s ideal for those looking to enhance their mental game alongside their physical skills.

We understand that conflicts can arise. If a session is missed, we’ll provide materials to cover the missed content within the athlete community. Recordings and engagement will be there. However, active participation is highly encouraged for maximum benefit.

Yes, while this is a group course, individual attention and tailoring of strategies to each athlete’s specific needs are key components of our approach.

Post-course, athletes will have continuous access to all of the training material for life. They will also have full access to the Mental Grit Athletes Training Grounds community within the Mental Grit App.

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Meet Coach Last

Meet Nate Last, a renowned expert in applied sports psychology with a decade of dedicated experience.

Holding a Master’s degree in Applied Sports Psychology, Nate has specialized in working with teenage athletes, shaping the mental prowess of hundreds from novice to professional levels across the globe.

He is a contributing author to the Amazon best-selling book “Deliberate Discomfort,” further solidifying his expertise in the field.

Nate’s philosophy is firmly rooted in individualism, recognizing that each athlete requires unique strategies to unlock their full potential.

His approach is athlete-centric, focusing on the perspective and needs of each individual. In the group setting of this course, Nate aims to harness collective knowledge and tailor it to the specific needs of each participant.

He believes in the symbiotic development of mind and body during the formative years, giving athletes a competitive edge as they advance into collegiate and professional levels.

Emphasizing the importance of the environment surrounding the athlete, Nate advocates for integrating parents and coaches into high-performance methodologies, ensuring a holistic approach to athlete development.

Nate has a proven track record of guiding athletes to achieve remarkable results both in sports and their subsequent collegiate and professional careers.

He has collaborated with numerous championship teams, some of whom have consistently clinched titles year after year.

With years of experience training water polo athletes, Nate holds a special affection for the sport. He acknowledges the unique toughness and resilience of water polo players, understanding their specific mental and physical demands.

Nate’s vision for this course is to embed the applied science of mental performance training into the hearts and minds of elite teenage water polo athletes.

Participants will not only acquire essential skills for excelling in practice and competition but also gain a lifelong mentor in Nate Last. This journey extends beyond sports, equipping athletes with strategies to excel in academic and life challenges.

What do parents say about Coach Last and Mental Grit?

Kathy B. – Parent

As a parent of an elite athlete, I found Mental Grit to be a lifesaver! Their community has provided me with practical and effective strategies, helping me understand the challenges my child faces. Their experience and knowledge have been an essential resource in our journey

Jon T., Parent
Josh P. – Parent

Mental Grit offers essential support that every parent of a competitive athlete needs. It’s an incredibly helpful and supportive community!

Sarah J., Parent