How to be a Successful Sports Parent A parent asks us how parents of successful athletes have been involved in their athletes’ sports experience. The most well-known example is Tiger Woods’ father. Earl Woods started teaching Tiger how to play golf before the age of two years old and coached him exclusively until the age of five, then hired a PGA club professional to help with Tiger’s … [Read more...] about What Do Parents of Successful Athletes Do Right?
How can Young Athletes Learn from Ninja Warriors? Lisa here from Youth Sports Psychology and Kids Sports Psychology. This week, along with my 10-yr-old, I was an audience member for American Ninja Warrior, where I witnessed astonishing feats and plenty of fails. Ninjas have specific challenges in sports: It’s an individual sport, so they often train alone. They have to be self-motivated … [Read more...] about Challenges for Ninja Warriors who Train All Year for One Event
Flow and Peak Performance in Sports For young athletes, finding flow is critical for their enjoyment and peak performance in sports… When kids experience being “in the zone,” they are focused, confident, and fearless. Athletes in a flow state perform on “autopilot,” feeling as though performance is almost effortless. In fact, this focused state of concentration or “total focus” … [Read more...] about How Young Athletes Find Flow in Sports
Comparisons Hurt Athletes’ Confidence When we surveyed parents, we found that 23% said that kids judge how their teammates are performing instead of focusing on their own play. Focusing on others’ play will distract your young athletes from their own game, and can become a major confidence killer. In the survey, parents said that kids compare themselves when they have friends who are … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Comparison Trap for Sports Parents
How to Show Composure, Not Perfection in Tryouts A sports parent says: "My Bantam AAA hockey player is in the mist of tryouts and is having stumbling blocks in his tryouts over hitting and performing during the tryout games. He is just not performing at his best and is getting very stressed. We have been trying visualization, breathing techniques and playing in the moment. Any suggestions on how … [Read more...] about Helping Young Athletes Perform Well in Tryouts
Helping Young Athletes Overcome Negative Beliefs It’s common for young athletes to struggle with doubt and negative thoughts about their performance. They tell themselves that: They aren’t good enough. They can’t beat the competition. They’re going to let down their coaches, parents, and fellow players. This type of negative self-talk can be detrimental to your young athletes, … [Read more...] about When Young Athletes Struggle With Self-Doubt
Pressure And Social Approval Often, young athletes worry too much about what teammates, parents, coaches and friends think about how they’re performing on the court, field or course. When they seek others’ approval of their performance and abilities, and then don’t do well, they can feel inadequate. They might pressure themselves, which can prompt fear of failure if they don’t perform up to … [Read more...] about Sports Parents: Do Your Kids Want Your Approval?
How Coaches Influence Parents And Athletes A coach asks: "How does a coach influence the parents and players to be committed to a process that requires investment in effort, time and money before results are 'seen'?" Good question... In our fast-paced lives, kids and parents often expect results right away and are impatient to wait for them. We suggest that coaches begin with good … [Read more...] about Coach Communication With Parents And Athletes
Helping Sports Kids' Focus Before Games Just before a game, young athletes need to focus on what’s going on right now—not on the past or future. That means they need to learn how to avoid concentrating on what others think of them, on the score or win or other outcomes. When kids concentrate on playing in the moment, and being grounded in the here-and-now, they’re more likely to feel … [Read more...] about Help Young Athletes Focus on The Process Before a Game
Managing Perfectionism in Sports Kids In "Sessions with Doc," Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about managing perfectionism in athletes. Visit Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Here's the question Dr. Cohn answers this week about Overcoming Perfectionism … [Read more...] about How To Overcome Perfectionism In Sports