Discover How to Instill Confidence And Success in Young Athletes!

Help young athletes improve mental skills for sports and life! Sports parents and coaches learn how to help kids improve confidence, focus, composure and trust in their skills–to have more fun and perform their best.

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As a parent, you naturally want the best for your kids, whether it’s at school, at home, or in sports competition. But it’s hard to watch your kids under perform in sports when they work so hard.

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As a parent, you see your athletes perform well in practice, but then under perform in competition. You know that they train hard, yet you can under stand whey they become so frustrated in game.

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About Youth Sports Psychology

Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn, owners of The Ultimate Sports Parent website, developed Youth Sports Psychology to help parents, coaches, and mental game experts improve confidence and success of young athletes.

The Ultimate Sports Parent was developed by Dr. Patrick Cohn, a leading “mental game” expert, and his sister Lisa Cohn, a parenting writer and sports mom to four children.

Youth Sports Psychology provides sports parents, coaches, and educators with the cutting edge programs for enhancing sports parenting and youth coaching skills to boost kids’ mental game toughness and success sports.

Read articles, watch videos, and download a mental toughness eBook that help your kids quickly boost confidence and success in sports! Read youth sports articles…

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One-on-one sports psychology coaching is the fastest and most effective method to improve your athletes’ mental game, boost their performance, and make lasting changes. And as a bonus, parents learn what to say to help young athletes feel confident and thrive in sports. Please call us at 888-742-7225 with your questions.

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What Sports Parents Say…

“I use your tips to help a sophomore high school student athlete. Last night, after I gave him some of your email tips – relax, get in the flow of the game, have fun, play by instinct, etc. – He busted out for a career high 20 points & 15 rebounds!”*


Bob Heidkamp

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Jaclyn was great to work with. I am now more confident over the ball and not worrying about things out of my control. This summer, I shot my best tournament scores to date, including my first under par tournament.“*

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“I’m extremely grateful that Giselle had the opportunity to work with you. I saw a significant increase in Giselle’s attitude, perspective and performance. Giselle really enjoyed her sessions and I could tell she resonated with you.”*

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Sport Psychology Tips for Sports Parents

How to Play Higher-Ranked Teams

Mentally Prepare to Compete Against Higher-Ranked Teams The main mental ingredient in upset victories is belief. By belief, we’re not just talking about pie-in-the-sky belief, but belief steeped in reality. The first step in understanding belief is to know the effect of a lack of belief. Young athletes who lack … Read Sport Psychology Tip

The Mental Game Challenges of Injuries in Youth Sports

Carter Hogg, a 20-year-old college football player and inventor of a neck guard that aims to help athletes avoid injuries, discusses the fear of getting injured and the challenges of coming back after an injury. Listen to learn more!! Related Sports Psychology Articles *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast on iTunes*Subscribe to … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why Kids’ Identities Shouldn’t be All About Sports

Sports kids face a number of challenges when their identity is all about sports, said Dr. Becca Wallace, a clinical pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Children often get overly involved in sports, leading to their identity being closely tied to their athletic performance. She offers tips for creating … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Getting All the Goodness Out of Youth Sports

There’s so much goodness that can come from participating in youth sports, but ensuring kids experience that goodness requires teams to establish team cultures based on clear expectations of players, parents and coaches. Team agreements and ethical coaching can help create the opportunity for sports kids to benefit from all … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Tips for Playing Under Pressure

How Athletes’ Confidence is Fragile Athletes can feel confident in their ability to successfully perform in some circumstances and not others. For example, a basketball player may feel more confident when shooting free throws early in a basketball game than when on the foul line in the fourth quarter of … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How to Set Standards of Excellence for Young Athletes 

What Does “Setting the Standard” Mean in Youth Sports? Setting a high standard refers to establishing a level of quality, expectation or performance. Some teams set winning as the standard. Often, teams with a high expectation of winning adopt the credo, “Championship or Bust.” While winning may be the goal, … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Addressing Outbursts in Youth Sports

Kids get emotional in street hockey. They might throw their hockey sticks because they missed a shot, for example. Coaches with the Charlotte Street Hockey League deal with such behavior by inviting kids to express their feelings, and then trying to help them find more appropriate ways to communicate. The … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Participating in Sports Gives Kids an Edge in Life

As co-founder and executive director of L.E.A.D. Center for Youth in Atlanta, Kelli Stewart uses sports as a way to help kids learn skills that give them a leg up in life… And that effort is succeeding, she said during a recent interview with our Ultimate Sports Parent podcast. The … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Kids Can Learn to Make the Most of Mistakes While Competing

Kids Confidence is Directly Impacted by Their Mistakes All athletes make mistakes. But how kids respond to mistakes is critical. For example, if a player misses the last shot of a basketball game, will that athlete pass up shots late in future games? If a young athlete drops a pass … Read Sport Psychology Tip

When Youth Sports Feels Toxic, Athletes Need These Skills 

What Skills Help Youth Athletes with Toxic Team Environments? When coaches are negative or condescending toward their players or when parents argue with refs, youth sports can feel toxic to young athletes. That can lead to anxiety, depression and fear of failure. This behavior from coaches can undermine athletes’ self-esteem … Read Sport Psychology Tip

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