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Leading Individual and Team
Mental Performance Coaching
for Cheerleader athletes


Working closely with cheer athletes, coaches, and parents to gather feedback on priorities for developing cheerleading mental performance resources.


Arizona Mental Performance Training is committed to enhancing performance and well being with competition-tested, science-backed mental skills to help cheer athletes develop an elite mindset, learn to use stress and anxiety for a performance advantage, and regulate emotions to focus attention and rebound from mistakes.

AMPT coaching holds athletes accountable for improving mental skills for optimal performance, reduces impacts of stress on mental and physical health, and improves fulfillment, motivation, productivity, and life satisfaction.

Mental skills training is ideal for club, high school, and college cheer athletes.

Trusted adults, such as cheer coaches, instructors, and parents can also benefit by understanding how to best support cheerleading mental skills.


Will you
Crumble under pressure
Perform your best

You don't rise to the occasion
You fall to your level of training

Train your mental edge
by learning how to:

Improve confidence
Mentally prepare for competition
Perform your best under pressure

Trainers, Coaches, and Parents

Learn how to give your athlete the mental advantage

Boost team confidence

Boost individual cheer athlete confidence

Don’t let you athlete's mind hold them back any longer

Do you fall for common athlete mental performance barriers?

Lack of confidence
Thinking Traps
Fear of Failure
Lack of focus

Mental Blocks
Negative Self-Talk
Emotional Control
Injury Rehabilitation
Focusing on Past or Future
Rebounding from Mistakes
Concerns Outside Cheerleading
Focusing on Possible Mistakes
Inconsistent Practice/Performance

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If you...

...over think your performances?

...lose confidence after a mistake?

...become frustrated and can’t focus on the next performance?

Then your mental game is preventing you from experiencing optimal performance!


Have you ever said...

“My confidence in practice disappears in competition and I don’t know why.”

“I get frustrated when I make a mistake and my confidence sinks.”

“I get nervous and anxious before big performances."

"I feel pressure to be perfect.”

“I train hard in practice, but during competition I doubt myself and don’t perform as well.”

“Sometimes I perform great in competitions while other times I'm tight and anxious. How can I become more consistent?”

“I know it’s important, but I have no idea how to mentally prepare for performances.”

Cheer athletes with these thoughts may suffer from…

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...fear of failure and worry about outcomes

...inability to take practice confidence into competition

...fragile confidence after mistakes

...poor emotional control or ability to cope with mistakes

...inability to perform freely and relaxed in competitions

Mental performance coaching holds you accountable for improving mental skills for optimal performance, reduces the impacts of stress on mental and physical health, and improves fulfillment, motivation, productivity, and life satisfaction.


•    Confidence
•    Handling Pressure
•    Fear of Failure
•    Managing Emotions
•    Managing Intensity
•    Negative Thinking

•    Coachability
•    Optimism
•    Motivation
•    Perfectionism

•    Focus
•    Resilience

Powerful individualized mental coaching addresses many complex performance challenges.

Every cheer athlete has specific performance needs and goals.

Carefully tailored mental skills training plans guide each athlete to their desired results.

Stop playing games and train to become a champion!​

Additional help is available outside
Arizona Element Elite Cheer practices

Begin with online Mental Performance Training

Or explore Coaching Options

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!


Each coaching package includes:
- Intake Interview & Needs Analysis
- Customized Mental Action Plan
- Mental Skills Training Workouts and Practices
- Weekly Communication Via Text/Email
- Mental Performance Progress Tracking

Eight (8) 50-minute

coaching sessions


Includes one (1)

on-call session*


Twelve (12) 50-minute

coaching sessions


Includes two (2)

on-call sessions*


Four (4) 50-minute

coaching sessions






*On-call sessions must be used within the contract period

**Package prices based on paid in full up front. Monthly payments add 10%.

If you desire a highly customized coaching experience, I am ready to meet your specific needs.

Schedule a consultation call to discuss your request.

Optional Observation Sessions: $235

An observation Session is a 90-minute practice observation with follow up coaching.

We’ll discuss the most appropriate mental preparation strategies to improve performance based on my observations.


Home or site visits are available and include additional fees.


Additional coaching sessions for package clients can be scheduled as needed and are charged at $159 per hour, prorated for the session length.

Meet Your Coach

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Neil Wattier

Mental Performance Coach

Master of Arts, Performance Psychology

Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Grand Canyon University

26-Year Air Force Veteran

Air Force and Army Master Resilience Trainer

What doesn’t kill you, might make you weak

Neil Wattier is a Mental Performance Coach leading science-backed performance coaching for athletes at all levels of sport performance.


He began his resilience and mental performance consulting firm in January 2020 during the COVID outbreak and continued to provide resilience education throughout the pandemic by focusing on the neurophysiology of the human brain and body, helping clients self-regulate during times of intense pressure and anxiety while cultivating holistic mental and emotional strength necessary to grow and thrive through stress and adversity.

Neil is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and an active member of the United States Air Force Reserve.


He has helped individuals and teams realize their full potential while serving as a coach, advisor, and mentor to business executives, senior military leaders, young professionals, youth and adult athletes, fitness professionals, and faith communities.

Neil received his Master of Arts in Performance Psychology from National University in 2022.

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Mental challenges expressed by cheer athletes

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!

Propel your cheer performance from
Good to GREAT!

Success in cheerleading requires a mix of power, athleticism, and concentration.

Focus and attention have major affects on player flow state.
Key mental components to focus and attention in cheer are:
    - letting go of mistakes quickly   
    - processing emotions effectively
    - moving on to the next move or performance       

Skill-based performance coaching helps you stay mentally strong in the moment, leading to consistency and confidence throughout performances.

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Stay relaxed, focused, and enjoy the opportunity...

            ...because pressure is a privilege

Champion body language displays the inner battle between...

            ...positive and negative self talk
            ...self-belief and self-doubt

Stay in the moment by working move by move
One step at a time

Focus on your WINs (What's Important Now)

                       Keep your eyes up
                       Keep your feet moving
                       Behaviors completely within your control

Concentration and attention
                       Growth mindset

Performance under pressure
                       On and off the mat

Power of positivity
Dedication to learning and development (trust the process)
Accept stress and adversity as part of the experience
Set performance and outcome goals
Practice mindfulness
Employ emotional regulation

Balance performance and recovery...
    ...because recovery is the foundation of performance

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Athletes experience a downward spiral when they underperform or make mistakes followed by negative self talk, processing emotions ineffectively, and displaing frustration in their behaviors.
Rumination and self-doubt can extend the downward spiral.

Recognition of negative thinking is key.
In early stages, negative thinking often takes two forms:
      - Focusing on past events, usually a mistake, which creates feelings of frustration and anger
      - Focusing on future events, “what ifs” which tend to create nervousness and anxiety

Combating counterproductive thinking patterns is easier said than done.
Deliberate practice and discipline are required to become consistently successful.

Cheerleading mental skills training can help you:
      - Overcome Pressure-Packed Expectations
      - Focus on The Process and Refocus When Distracted
      - Develop Proactive and Stable Confidence
      - Trust Your Skills From Practice to Performance
      - Refocus and Move On After Making Mistakes
      - Overcome The Desire for Perfection
      - Mentally Prepare Before Each Performance
      - Mentally Prepare For Competition with Pre-performance Routines

A free 30-minute discovery session is available to determine if mental performance coaching and Neil’s coaching style is right for you.

Schedule your free
30-minute consultation call today!

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