The Face-off Factory is partnering with Sport Psychologist, Doc Wally ( to provide a remote High Performance Mindset Training program.


To be great at what you do there are three things you can train:

  1. Your Body - strength and conditioning, agility, quickness, etc.
  2. Your Craft - our craft is face-offs.  All the skills and strategies needed to perform well on the field.
  3. Your Mind - awareness, focus, attention, emotional management, motivation, confidence, staying present, managing distractions, etc.  The mental edge and the emotional edge.
To be your best, you need to train all three!


Starting July 5th, Doc Wally will run a weekly session on Sunday evenings at 7pm (East Coast time zone). There are 8 sessions, and each week introduces new principles and skills that build upon one another. This program is designed for high-school through college/pro players. 

*If you are a younger player and are interested, let the FOF staff know and if there is a demand Doc Wally will design a program with that age group in mind.


July 5th (COMPLETED): Introducing how the mind works in performance situations and setting your Vision and guiding principles. An opportunity to test your mind under pressure.

July 12th: Training Calm. Recognizing your ideal activation level and getting there consistently.

July 19th: Training confidence.  Understanding the sources of confidence and how to build and sustain belief

July 26th: Training Control.  Committing to putting your attention into what you control and letting go of the distraction of what you don’t control.

August 2nd: Training Optimism.  How to cultivate and sustain a key psychological framework needed to be the best version of you on and off the field.

August 9th: Training Mindfulness.  The importance of being fully engaged in the moment and how meditation trains it. The thread that connects everything!

*August 16th off due to National Overnight Camp

August 23rd: Training Focus. Build your capacity to think clearly under pressure.  Put your mind where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, every time.

August 30th: Training to manage Constricting Thoughts.  Recognize common unproductive thought patterns so they don’t limit your performance on the field.


All 8 sessions are recommended but we have options for the first four or second four sessions of the program. Space is limited.


$125.00 for Sessions 2-4; $150.00 for sessions 5-8.   

$215 for sessions 2-8 (DISCOUNTED). Discount for players who are already in remote training sessions.


This is not a short-cut or “hack” program.  It is designed to give players an understanding of, and the capacity to apply, the foundational principles and skills of a high performance mindset.


Each session will contain 30-40 minutes of content presentation followed by the availability for questions and discussion with Doc Wally and Guest Coaches.


If you have any questions, please contact Joe Nardella at: (315)727-6914 or

Thanks and best regards,







Dr. Wally Bzdell, Ed.D.

25+ years of providing psychological skills training for athletes, coaches, and high-level performers.


Lacrosse Specific: Twice in NCAA Division 1Tournament; Final 8 in Division 3 NCAA Tournament; 2016 Big 10 Tournament Runner-Up; 2017, 2018, 2019 Big 10 tournament semi-finalists.  2018, 2019 Big East Tournament; Multiple Big 10 team members; multiple All-Americans/honorable mention; multiple participants in North/South All-Star Game; Individuals playing for teams in NCAA final four.   

Two NCAA Division 1 Men’s ice Hockey National Championships (2014 Union College and 2015 Providence College)

4 NCAA Division 1 Men’s ice Hockey Final Four appearances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)

4 NCAA Division 1 Men’s ice Hockey regional Champions

6 NCAA Division 1 Men’s ice Hockey Regional finalists

11 NCAA Division 1 Men’s ice Hockey tournaments

3 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey ECAC tournament championships

1 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey ECAC tournament Championship

5 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey regular season championships (4 ECAC and 1 Hockey East)

10 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey league semi-finals/finals

Have worked with three men’s teams in Hockey East, two teams in ECAC, two teams in Atlantic Hockey.  Have worked with three women’s ice hockey teams (two in ECAC, including a 1997 ECAC championship; and one in Hockey East).

Worked with over 15 NCAA Hockey All-Americans including 3 All-American goalies

Worked with 7 Hobey Baker Top 10 and two Hobey Baker Hat Trick (top 3) players

Worked with one Mike Richter award winner

Two college hockey teams have set program records for most wins in a season (Union Men’s Hockey; Providence College Men’s Hockey)

One college lacrosse team set a program record for most wins in a season (Rutgers Lacrosse)

Professional Athletics and International Competition

Professional lacrosse players in each of the North American Leagues

Multiple lacrosse players who’ve represented their countries in international play

25+ former/current NHL players including a Stanley Cup finalist

Well over 50 former/current AHL professional hockey players including serving as the sport psychologist for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League in 2015-2016 (prior to team’s relocation to Arizona)

3 American Hockey League All-Stars.

1 American Hockey League Most Valuable Player recipient.

Players in the KHL

Well over 50 former/current players playing professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League or in European Leagues.

Six hockey players who have played in the World Junior Hockey Championships

3 Women’s Ice Hockey Players who have participated at the international level representing their countries.

Current NCAA Lacrosse Teams: Rutgers men; Union College men.  Past Teams: Providence College men’s team;

Siena College men’s team.  Individuals on teams such as Virginia, North Carolina, University of Delaware.

Current NCAA Hockey Teams: Union College men and women; University of Maine men’s team;

Providence College Men’s Hockey.  Past teams: UVM men’s hockey; RPI men’s hockey; Sacred Heart men’s

Hockey; Holy Cross mens’ hockey; Northeastern University women’s hockey; Providence College women’s Hockey.



Faceoff Factory and Doc Wally Bzdell discuss the newly proposed NCAA faceoff rules

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