Above the Field of Play delivers the psychological essentials to complement the physical skills and strategies of your sport on the path to competitive excellence. The workbook offers a developmental approach to the psychology of sports, providing a dependable foundation for the changes required at each stage to unlock peak performance. You will discover a framework of the most important psychological concepts to structure your path to improvement. 

While most coaching and training focuses on doing something different and better, Above the Field of Play goes straight to the source, providing the information, processes, and tools to be someone different and better. This book is a must-have for the athlete who is serious about getting the greatest leverage out of the most important element of actualizing potential: the mind.

Dr. Panepinto has been helping athletes and coaches to optimize performance for over two decades. As a certified tennis professional (highest designation of the Professional Tennis Registry) and former elite competitor, he has a comprehensive view of development as an athlete, coach, and individual. With a specialty in Sports Psychology and Sports Counseling (Certified Sports Counselor accredited by the International Sports Professionals Association), he has offered a variety of services to athletes, performers, writers, and coaches. He has written articles for Tennis Pro, The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA), and has been featured in articles on the martial arts. In addition, he has developed content and courses on Mental Toughness for athletes and parents, as well as CEU courses for the ISPA.


Sports Psychology Services:

  • Face-to-face Coaching
  • Counseling
  • Consultation
  • E-Coaching (video, phone, email): an excellent distance option 


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Published Articles by Dr. Panepinto:


Where Motivation and Development Meet:  The Intersection of Player and System on the Competitive Path (in press)

Keys to Mental toughness

The Competitive Mindset as Part of a Comprehensive Structure

The Development of Self in Coaching: How Meaning-Making Influences the Coach-Player Relationship

Developing a Resilient Mindset: The Two Processes of Intentional Progress 

Motivation and Performance: An Inside-Out Approach

Letting it Happen: Removing the Obstacles to Flow  (In press)

Untying the Knots of Self-Talk  





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(Content and Courses developed By Dr. Panepinto)













































A Course in Mental Toughness









Helping Young Athletes Grow Mentally Tough: Lifetime Skills Parents Can Teach Their Children-- On and Off The Field


















Sports and Performance Psychology

New Workbook!

Above the Field of Play:

A Developmental Approach to the Psychology of Sports and Performance

The Arc of Peak Performance delivers the important psychological essentials to complement the physical skills and strategies of your sport on the path to competitive excellence. The Arc offers a developmental approach to the psychology of sports and competition, providing a dependable foundation for the changes required at each stage to unlock peak performance. In this workbook you will discover a framework of the most important psychological concepts to structure your learning and improvement. 

Above the Court: A Mental Mastery Framework for Next Level Tennis provides the pathway to improving your psychological approach to learning, competing, and unlocking precious potential. This work offers a comprehensive, developmental approach to improving your mental game at every level. Above the Court offers eleven of the most important principles of peak performance, active learning to apply the information, and a host of tools and techniques to practice on court and off. If you are serious about your game, then what is truly needed is a fundamental change of mind, a rise in ability and knowledge that opens up higher levels of tennis performance. 

​ John Panepinto, PsyD, LPCS, NCC