Richard Burke, who has been coaching baseball, football and basketball for the last 12 years, recently told us how he used our Ultimate Sports Parent program to help a perfectionist pitcher. “I had a 10-year-old pitcher playing on an 11-year-old travel team. He was doing really well, but once I got to know him I found out he was very much a perfectionist,” Burke said. “From time to … [Read more...] about How One Coach Helped a Perfectionist Athlete
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Building Confidence in Youth Sports A sports parent asks: "I hear that it’s important to help kids set goals in sports. I’m not at all sure about how to go about this. Do you have any advice?" Goal setting is essential in and out of sports. A 1979 Harvard study illuminated this by tracking the success of students who set goals and who did not. The result? The 13% of students who DID set … [Read more...] about Helping Sports Kids Set Goals
Coaches Who Instill Fun in Youth Sports Lisa here from Kids' Sports Psychology to tell you about how my 6-year-old's first soccer practice went- and why I hope your kids have similar experiences. I'm here to report the practice went very well. I'm thrilled with my son's coaches this year. Why? My son's two coaches said they wanted the kids to have fun- and they delivered. Here's what my … [Read more...] about Make Sure Your Coach Is Right For Your Young Athlete
Setting Effective Goals in Youth Sports How do you help sports kids set goals that don’t create high expectations? Wait a minute, you may ask. The whole process of setting goals creates expectations! Read on to understand the critical difference between setting goals and creating high expectations in youth sports. This is a big challenge for parents, coaches and young athletes. Too often, … [Read more...] about Help Sports Kids Set Goals Without Expectations
Setting Goals in Youth Sports It’s a great idea to set goals for sports kids. Goal-setting helps improve kids’ motivation and commitment, helps them stay focused on what to accomplish, helps them assess their strengths and weaknesses, and track their performance. But who should do it--the parent, the young athlete, or the coach? And what do you as a sports parent do if you want your child to … [Read more...] about Why Setting Goals is So Important for Sports Kids
Encouraging Kids to Play Sports Just how can sports parents encourage kids to take part in sports and support them—without pressuring them? That’s a good question, and the answers are not so obvious. Read on to get tips from Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse, who says his parents knew just how to support him as he grew into an Olympic athlete. “I was very fortunate,” he says. “My parents … [Read more...] about Encouraging Sports Kids without Pressuring Them
The Pitfalls of High Expectations Just how many ways can young athletes sabotage their sports performance? In lots of ways, says Dr. Harold Shinitzky, a sports psychologist and author of “Your Mind: An Owner’s Manual for a Better Life.” “A lot of athletes, based on how they think of themselves, engage in behaviors that interfere with their ultimate performance. That’s the saboteur,” he … [Read more...] about How Are Sports Kids Their Own Worst Enemies?
Goal Setting in Youth Sports Do you feel frustrated when your young athletes seem to lack motivation and direction? Would helping sports kids set goals be helpful? If so, you're not alone. We often hear from sports parents and coaches who want to better understand how to help motivate their young athletes to work harder. They're struggling with that very difficult balancing act: Trying to … [Read more...] about Is Setting Goals Too Much Pressure for Young Athletes?
Staying Calm in Youth Sports A recent LA Times story featured Marisa Berger, a 15-year-old high school student who takes part in the modern pentathlon, an Olympic sport during which she shoots guns, fences, swims, rides horses and runs--all in single day. Her goal is to become "the complete athlete," proficient in five distinct athletic skills. How does she manage to stay in the game? By … [Read more...] about How One Teen Uses Sports Psychology to Excel and Stay Calm