Originally Posted by DCDIME
Don't get me wrong...It's not that they cannot hear the cheers/boo's. I just believe that when your seriously focused, it matters very little to a professional. I just don't belive that it affects the play/momentum of the game/match. If athletes are affected by these types of things, their career's wouldn't last long(as i'm sure it happens to some). All I mean is that the pressure of performing out weighs, fan approval/disapproval,in my expierence.
And do you think the pressure of performing can be made worse by fans booing and chanting stuff?
I have personally seen athletes, more specifically soccer players urging the fans to get behind them, i dont think they did this for no reason. Another good example would be the advantage of playing matches at home...IE home games. Why do teams win more regularly at home than away from home? If they did block everything out then it wouldnt matter where they played. The fact is that when u play home games the only physical advantage u have is maybe the exact size of the field that you are playing on and thus being more used to it than the other team. All the other advantages are things which according to you are blocked out...Namely First of all a larger amount of supporters than the visiting team, secondly a feeling of comfort arising from the fact that you are accustomed to the home ground's atmosphere and this list goes on. All these things add to your performance.
Another thing i can say is that a sportsperson focuses more on blocking out fan noise when its negative than when its positive. And you could also go into the question of whether, regardless of you being a pro or not, some brain power is consumed in the "blockin-out" process, which might also marginally inhibit ur performance. So negative crowd noise is never good.
But positive cheers on the other hand dont need to be blocked out. They tell the athlete he is doing good, generally speeking. Why should he block something making him confident, when winning is 90% confidence? Sportsmen feed off of positive crowd noise.
Basically if fans are cheering you, its a fact that you will do better than when they are booing you. Maybe only marginally better...but it definately has an effect and over a long period of time small changes accumulate and result in steady evolution.
Anyway i like your points.