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These Champions Take The TAP. Now You Can, Too.

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Mountain West Champions – Regular Season
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NCAA Super Regionals

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NCAA Regional Finalist

Big Ten Champions
NCAA Semifinalist
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Want to be a Champion?

Then get tough. Mentally tough.

It takes more than muscle, more than practice, more than sheer determination to be the best you can be.

It takes a Champion’s Mindset.

Professional and college athletes take the TAP to develop their champion’s mindset.

Now you can, too.

Find out how your athletic mindset compares to other elite athletes
(and use the same tool they use to improve their mental game)


More than 30,000 elite athletes have taken The TAP.

As an up and coming athlete, this is your opportunity to take THE EXACT SAME ATHLETIC MINDSET ASSESSMENT taken by potential draft picks at the NFL® Combine and by Major League Baseball® teams.  It’s called the TAP – short for Troutwine Athletic Profile©.

In just 20 minutes you could complete the TAP survey, the preeminent athletic mindset assessment used by elite athletes & professional teams to develop a champion’s mindset.

Upon completing the TAP survey, you can answer these questions:

How do I take my mental game to the next level?

  • Learn details about your athletic mindset including your competitive nature, mental toughness, coping style and much more.
  • Complete your personalized development action plan with structured activities and exercises designed to take help you reach your full potential for mental performance in competition and in life.

How do I stack up mentally to elite competition?

  • Learn your match to one of the 8 successful TAP Athlete Types
  • Discover your top performance indicators that set you apart
  • Learn how you compare and stack up with elite & professional athletes

If your college or high school is not already using the TAP (we offer the TAP 360 system for teams) you can still take it here as an individual athlete and then optionally share your results with your coach, parents and/or teammates. 

What are you waiting for?


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Find out how closely your athletic mindset matches elite players.

The TAP is the athletic mindset assessment taken at the NFL® Combine by everyone from Peyton Manning & Tony Romo to Andrew Luck & Jameis Winston.

What if you could identify which of the mental skills you have that are in common with the elite athletes you watch on Sunday? Not some speculation by sports pundits, but based on each athlete’s actual answers to the same athletic mindset assessment you have the opportunity to take here at takethetap.com.  It’s called the TAP – short for Troutwine Athletic Profile©.  After 30+ years of testing elite athletes, the TAP can answer that question definitively.

The TAP is the same athletic mindset assessment taken at the NFL® Combine by everyone from Peyton Manning & Tony Romo to Andrew Luck & Jameis Winston.

Not just quarterbacks but practically every lineman, cornerback and tight end who has been drafted has taken the TAP since the late 1990s.  When you take the TAP, your results are instantly compared to these and the nearly 20,000 elite and professional athletes that make up the largest database of this kind on the planet.

The TAP matches your results to Major League Baseball® players, too. American League 2014 Champion Kansas City Royals and Divisional Champion Washington Nationals both use the TAP for draft evaluation & player development. Major League players throughout the league have taken the TAP.

A sampling of teams that use the TAP

The TAP 3D Package

Three reports: a personal report & action plan for each of the key stakeholders in an athlete’s development

What is your Athlete Type?

There are eight successful athletic mindsets or “Athlete Types” in sports

These Athlete Types are identified from deep statistical analysis of the TAP results of thousands of elite & pro athletes. Your Athlete Type is determined by comparing your TAP results to our database of pro athletes.  

Why is it important to know?

  • Athlete Type provides a high level overview of an athlete’s mindset
  • Athlete Type is a common framework for coaches and athletes to better understand one another
  • Pinpoints strengths and weaknesses as they relate to athletic performance

Which type seems most like you?

Rocket: The Driven Athlete

  • Confident, in-charge style

  • Calm, cool & collected

  • Focused on getting things done

  • Optimistic demeanor

  • Does well in social situations

  • Often comfortable being the center of attention

  • Likes making quick decisions

  • May be overconfident in decisions

  • Practical, likes to get involved and be hands-on

  • May decide too quickly without fully considering options

Eagle: The Confident Athlete

  • Tends to be clean cut

  • Image conscious

  • Likes traditions and rules

  • Very aware of how everyone is behaving

  • Tries to live up to society’s expectations

  • Tends to have good work habits

  • Reads symbolic themes into things

  • Punctual

  • Is neat & tidy

  • May ignore mistakes unless brought

Engineer: The Independent Athlete

  • Enjoys thinking things through and finding a solution

  • Prepares for the worst

  • Cautious and careful to avoids mistakes

  • Good at understanding complex tactics

  • Honest, straightforward, admits faults

  • Is often comfortable going with the flow and defers to others

  • Maintains a set of values

  • Will dig in and become stubborn when values are compromised or others are illogical

  • May be quick to show frustration or anger

  • Seeks to conduct practice repetitions until mastery

Maverick: The Dynamic Athlete

  • Inventive, likes coming up with new ideas

  • Does their own thing / goes against the grain

  • Enjoys social interaction and discussion

  • Likes to play Devil’s Advocate

  • Enjoys trying new activities

  • May be easily distracted – chasing different ideas

  • Will step back and look at something with a new perspective

  • May seem a bit off beat, likes to march to the beat of own drum

  • Flexible about different tactics

  • Unwilling to conform, comply or fully commit to something

Ice: The Methodical Athlete

  • They strive to improve and never stop working

  • Will set high standards for themselves

  • Admits faults and mistakes

  • May be self critical

  • Often competitive and hates losing

  • They tend to push themselves

  • Works hard in off-season

  • Typically has serious long term goals

  • May seem distant to those they are not close to

  • Faces reality and expects the same of others

Knight: The Protective Athlete

  • Have a strong but hidden value system

  • Become upset when values are compromised

  • Great listener

  • Very protective of close friends and family

  • More focused on the teammates and specific team members than winning

  • Naturally tends to internally process and consider things

  • May appear not interested in socializing or being around a lot of people, and are often surprised when others don’t see them as social

  • Tend to clam up when upset

  • Often great with pets and animals

  • Needs extra time with their few close friends/family

Musketeer: The Helpful Athlete

  • Loyal

  • True to self and others

  • Doesn’t usually rock the boat

  • Willing to do a favor for others

  • Has common sense

  • Greater focus on the team than on winning

  • Doesn’t need to be the star

  • Easy to talk to

  • May easily get caught up in helping others

  • Prefers to consider before talking

Trailblazer: The Spirited Athlete

  • Free thinking

  • Welcomes change

  • Often reinvents the wheel and may make a simple task too difficult

  • Typically very social – allows people in close

  • Loves living life and often seen as the life of the party

  • Aesthetics important, may have strong interests such as foodie, arts, culture, clothing

  • Intuitive, often insightful perspective

  • Idealistic, pie in the sky

  • High energy and interaction followed by crashing

  • Expectations and goals may be unrealistic

Get your TAP code now!

Dr. Robert Troutwine, Chief Psychologist
The Right Profile

The TAP survey – the preeminent athletic mindset indicator for 30+ years

Dr. Robert Troutwine is the industrial psychologist who developed the TAP and has been instrumental in turning sophisticated psychological queries into mindset profiles that are easy to understand by athletes, coaches and parents.  For more than 30 years, Dr. Troutwine has consulted with more than half the teams in the NFL®, MLB®, the NBA®, leading college sports programs, US Department of Defense and major corporations on individual performance and the building of countless championship teams.

TAP History

Starting in 1985, Dr. Robert Troutwine began assessing prospective professional football players on critical factors believed to predict performance success and organizational compatibility for the NFL draft. These critical factors are generally referred to as “intangibles”, such as composure under pressure, competitive spirit, mental toughness, ability to adjust, etc. This led to the original development of the TAP© in 1988. The TAP© has undergone several revisions over the years, its latest in 2012.

The TAP© has established a long track record in the National Football League (NFL®) of predicting success of prospects and helping coaches develop players to reach their full potential. It has been used by well over half the teams in the NFL® and approximately 95% of the current players in the NFL® have taken the TAP©.

In 2001, the TAP© started being used by Major League Baseball (MLB®) teams and more recently National Basketball Association (NBA®) teams. The TAP© has also been used by US Military Special Forces in various capacities.  Click here to see a sampling of teams and organizations that have used the TAP systematically and won championships over the years.

In 2014, Dr. Troutwine co-founded The Right Profile, combining the TAP with predictive analytics technology to develop the ground-breaking TAP 3D report package for individuals and the TAP 360 System  for teams – an end-to-end online system for evaluating, developing & coaching athletes for optimal performance based upon the individual’s unique athletic mindset.

Who should take the TAP?

The TAP is designed for individuals age 13 and above. All athletes age 13 and above are recommended to take the TAP to learn more about themselves including tips & techniques for improvement. The primary purpose of the TAP is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the individual athlete’s mental make-up so that all the stakeholders in an athlete’s development – the athlete, coach and parent – are armed with tools and techniques to foster development and optimize performance.

How much time does the TAP take to complete?

The TAP typically takes around 20-30 minutes to complete.

How frequently should an athlete take the TAP?

The TAP should be taken at least once per year for competitive athletes aged 13-25.  Although core personality traits rarely change, attitudes, habits and mindset can be developed and those changes will be picked up by the TAP and the corresponding reports.

Is the TAP reliable & validated?

The TAP is highly reliable, meaning a person’s scores are very consistent, do not vary much from day to day. Reliability checks have yielded high figures, r = .92, (where a value of 1.00 would be perfect).   The TAP has been validated in a multitude of ways including what is considered by many to be the gold standard of validation – criterion validation (meaning validated with real outcomes).  Examples include validated TAP correlations to outcomes in the military from the US Special Forces and athletically with regards to baseball batting averages and tennis serve accuracy, among others.

Take these three Steps to develop your Champion mindset:

Athlete Development

“The TAP Athlete Development Report helped take me to another level in game performance.”

Sam Landry Quarterback, Hillsdale College


Understand your personalized list of distinctive mindset indicators that relate to athletic competition.

Learn these 4 critical components of your current athletic mindset:

Your Competitive Nature


One of the four impact factors is called competitive nature. This has many components, like all of the factors, and is described by people in many ways. It includes desire, passion, wanting to win and motivation or drive. While all of this sounds good, too much of this can cause an athlete to be out of balance if other impact factors are not present.

Your Coping Style


The second impact factor is called coping style. Like the other factors, it has many dimensions or characteristics. It includes how you handle pressure and disappointment. It includes your natural reaction when things don’t go right during competition.

Your Work Style


The third impact factor is your work style. This factor is the most misunderstood of the four impact factors. Many people jump to the conclusion that this means work ethic or how hard you work. Work style has more to do with your approach to tackling assignments.

Your Mental Characteristics


The final impact factor is mental characteristics. This is not your intelligence or how well you did on the last fifteen questions of the TAP survey. In your report, you will probably see a comment about focus or concentration. Successful athletes are able to avoid distraction. They are also able to adapt their focus to fit the situation.

Leverage these tools to create & complete your personal development plan:

Personalized Notes, Activities and Exercises

Suggestions for the athlete’s personal development plan

Goals & Development Worksheet

The format and structure to create the athlete’s personal development roadmap

Follow your personalized tips:

plus dozens more….

Review your TAP report & development plan

Review your TAP report periodically to keep it fresh in your mind

Revisit your development report to ensure you stay on track

For Parents & Mentors

Finally!  A personalized instructional guide on how to navigate the rocky road of parenting an athlete.

“[It] taught us how to effectively communicate and connect with our daughter about athletics and everyday life. When our daughter read her TAP report she said ‘Finally, someone that understands me!”

Gavin & Jolynne Pike Monclova, Ohio


With your son or daughter…

Do they get frustrated with you when you try to communicate with them about their performance in a game or competition?

Ever struggle in finding the right thing to say after they make a mistake or suffer a setback?  And when you do say something, does it usually backfire and make matters worse?

Do you wonder how to best motivate your athlete to succeed?

Part of the TAP 3D Package, the TAP Parent & Mentor Guide answers these questions and dozens more featuring

  • Over 90 personalized situational tips and techniques for parenting your athlete more effectively – including the language and manner that works best for them
  • Detailed narrative text on your athlete’s mindset and mental make-up
  • Your athlete’s top behavioral indicators that relate to athletic competition and life

Isn’t it time that you and your athlete’s coach and your athlete are pulling in the same direction? The TAP Parent & Mentor Guide will give you objective insights into your son or daughter and unlock the truth about his or her makeup at a very deep level. It removes the guesswork about key issues that affect performance and gives you a clear script of how to support your athlete, what to say, do and what not to do.

Includes 90+ personalized situational tips & techniques…

plus detailed narrative text on your athlete’s mindset & mental makeup in each of these areas…


Describes your athlete’s inner makeup

Some of this may not be obvious to the casual observer. This section includes your athlete’s personal outlook, emotional makeup and other personal tendencies. Think of this as an inner view of your athlete.


Describes your athlete’s social style and needs

This section includes social needs like desired closeness, affiliation and preferred relationship with his/her coach. Also describes your athlete’s level of social comfort.

Motivation & Interests

Your athlete’s motivational makeup and related interests

This section covers many theories of motivation. Some theories focus on the types of rewards that motivate people. Other theories are known as drive or need theories and show that for instance, if a person has a high need for approval they will be motivated to please others. Your athlete’s needs will be described and the type of rewards that are important to him/her. Also, your athlete’s interests will be described, based on the theory that people are more motivated when the task is interesting to them. All of these theories have been supported in both lab and field studies. This means you are putting the best theories to practice.

Mental Characteristics

Describes your athlete’s cognitive style and aptitude for specific kinds of reasoning

Knowing your athlete’s cognitive style can help you assist in the learning process and help him/her relate to things. Cognitive style includes the way one typically thinks about things. This includes whether one is a decisive person, quick to draw a conclusion or more cautious. It also includes the typical way he/she goes about solving problems. For instance, you may find that your athlete is more adept at processing one kind of information, like words and sentences, than another kind of information, like numbers.

Practice Habits

Describes the approach your athlete generally takes when tackling assignments and other tasks. It has more to do with efficacy than effort or work ethic.

Your athlete has a dominant approach to handling work and completing assignments. For most people there is room for improvement no matter how much effort is put into a task. This section will describe your athlete’s approach and suggest ways you can help him/her improve on effectiveness.


Your athlete’s tendencies when performing and competing

This includes your athlete’s potential to be a consistent performer. It also describes his/her reaction to a mistake during competition and other tendencies including level of enjoyment of prolonged competition.

And includes the top indicators of your athlete’s athletic mindset…

A personalized list of distinctive behavioral indicators that relate to athletic competition & life generally

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For Coaches

Can one report really help someone coach an athlete better? Coach an athlete smarter?

Coach Report

“I will get out a TAP report on a player written 5 years ago and it reads like I am the one that wrote it.”

Bill Belichick Head Coach, New England Patriots


“We are constantly looking for ways to help our players reach their full potential. Having the right mindset is critical to success in the game of basketball and with our program. We use the TAP 360 to help us coach each athlete smarter and develop them into champions on and off the court.”

Jamion Christian Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Mount St. Mary’s University

Coach Report

“…now that we tested our players, during our workouts I can see why certain players are struggling because of certain characteristics that the TAP picked up right away…and when you address the player about it, they will say ‘Man, you really do know me.'”

Sean O’Connor Head Baseball Coach, DeMatha High School  read full interview


The TAP Coach Report includes dozens of personalized situational tips & techniques for this athlete…

Includes detailed coach’s narrative text on this athlete’s mindset & mental makeup

Includes the “top indicators” of this athlete’s athletic mindset…

A personalized list of distinctive behavioral indicators that relate to athletic competition & life generally

TAP 360 For Teams

The only end-to-end system for assessing, evaluating, coaching & developing athletes for optimal mental performance.

“If you are an athletic organization trying to select and grow players, the TAP profiles will help you succeed.”

Bill Polian  ESPN / Former Vice-Chairman, Indianapolis Colts


“The teams I have worked for have used the TAP profiles for over 20 years and we believe it is an integral part of the player selection and player development process.”

Tom Telesco  General Manager, San Diego Chargers


Learn more about TAP 360