It’s critical for your kids to feel confident—to believe in their abilities—in order to realize their physical potential. Confidence helps them bounce back after mistakes, hang in there when things get tough, transfer the skills they learn in practice to competition, and much more!
“You still have to have confidence. If you don’t have confidence, you can forget about it. Every time you go up, you have to have a good feeling. You have to think you’re going to get a hit. If you don’t, you’re out before you even go to the plate.”
~Derek Jeter, pro baseball player
We want to help you boost your kids’ confidence in youth sports–that’s our mission actually. But, we need your help…
How do your kids lose confidence in sports? What experiences or which people take it away? Many of you have written to us already:
“How do I help my young athlete believe in herself and bring herself out of a negative slump?”
“How do we find ways to help our child feel good about herself with a coach who favors certain players, gives them more playing time, and benches the players who are not producing in the way he wants them to?”
“My biggest challenge is trying to help my child build confidence in her abilities…She does great during practices, but self-doubt seems to overtake her during a game.”
“My daughter’s self-confidence is at an all-time low due to negative comments from her coach and negative self-talk.”
Please share with us your stories. For example, high expectations from parents and coaches, perfectionism, doubt, criticism and fear of failure are top on our list of confidence busters for young athletes.
How does a lack of confidence affect kids’ play? Kids who lack confidence will often derail their own success, play tentatively, experience trouble bouncing back from mistakes, and yell at themselves–to name just a few.
Here’s the good news: Our goal is to help you boost your kids’ confidence and success in sports. Help us achieve our mission by sending us your stories about what hurts and what helps kids’ confidence in sports.
Please share your stories or experiences below:
We look forward to your input!
P.S. Your input is critical to helping us help you better. Please share with us how your kids lose or gain confidence in sports below: