How to Develop Confidence in Sports Kids
Sports parents, and coaches alike, play an integral role in how your sports kids feel about the sports they play and their overall experiences.
Often sports parents, however, can unwittingly hurt their kids’ confidence by being overly enthusiastic.
For example, it makes many sports kids nervous or uncomfortable when their parents are too loud or enthusiastic from the sidelines.
These parents have the best of intentions and believe they’re helping their young athletes.
Kids can lose focus when these happens, which is why it’s sometimes important to back off and focus more on kids’ confidence.
Good sports parents communicate with their kids to uncover issues that may be affecting them.
For example, one sports kid told us that his entire extended family of 11 or 12 people come to his basketball games, and the resulting pressure hurts his confidence.
He doesn’t communicate this to them because he doesn’t want to hurt their feelings!
This kind of story is typical of sports children…
Their parents are trying to encourage them the best they know how, but unfortunately, kids feels pressured and under-perform.
So how do sports parents do a good job of cultivating kids’ confidence without unintentionally hurting it?
The first step is direct communication.
You need to know if any of your actions are making your young athletes feel or play tentatively.
Ask them if your behavior embarrass them, distracts them, or makes them feel anything other than focused and confident.
Often our young athletes will lie to protect your feelings, so even if they tell you they don’t mind your enthusiasm.
Keep a watchful eye out for how your athletes react to you on the sideline and try your best to not distract your kids by drawing too much attention to your behavior.
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Young athletes and their parents and coaches tell us that sports kids often struggle with these pregame mental game challenges:
- They feel pressure to excel from expectations they feel from others
- They focus too much on the outcome instead of the process
- They fail to take charge of their confidence before the compete
- They don’t trust in their skills when they go from practice to competition
- They hang on to mistakes and dwell in them in competition
- They worry too much about what others think about their performance
- They tighten up and play safe when they feel pressure to succeed
- They interpret pregame jitters as harmful to their performance
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Do your young athletes:
- Criticize themselves often after making mistakes?
- Lose confidence after working with a negative coach?
- Freeze up and look scared when faced with competitive pressure?
- Perform like stars in practice but freeze up or play tentatively during games or competitions?
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