Strategies For Building Confidence in Young Athletes There’s a reason Mark Lawton, longtime coach and teacher, takes his team to the championship level... He focuses on building a team culture that boosts kids’ confidence. When we spoke to him recently, he gave us some quick tips for both parents and coaches. First of all, parents should find a coach who is interested in their kids as … [Read more...] about How Team Culture Boosts Kids’ Confidence
Youth Sports Coaching
How Parents Can Help Sports Kids Stay Safe It’s hard to read the stories about members of the USA Gymnastics Team being harassed and abused by the team’s doctor. And it’s easy to worry about such dangers. Kids who are bullied, abused or harassed as sports kids can suffer throughout their lives. In the least, they’ll have a hard time concentrating on their sport, and their confidence will … [Read more...] about Protecting Sports Kids From Predators, Bullies and Other Dangers
Parents: Help Sports Kids Let go of Mistakes In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Kay about what she can do when her son freezes because the coach is really intense. Visit Sports Psychology for Athletes at Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your mental game questions for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or … [Read more...] about How to Help Athletes Cope With Intense Coaches
Setting Team Goals as a Parent-Coach A sports parent asks: "As a parent and a coach, how should I handle performing both duties simultaneously to help all the kids as much as possible?" Being a coach and parent can breed many issues that you need to be aware of from day one... The first issue you need to tackle is the expectation that you’ll favor your child. If the other players or coaches … [Read more...] about The Challenges with Being Your Kid’s Coach and Parent
Coaches & Friends, Not Parents, Pressure Sports Kids, Says Study The number of kids playing team sports is dropping quickly... To understand the factors behind this drop off, Yellowbrick Treatment Program surveyed 1,000 Americans about pressure in youth sports, says Matt Zajechowski, senior content strategist for Yellowbrick. Those surveyed were people who identified as having played … [Read more...] about Where Does Sports Kids’ Pressure Come From?
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
As the fall sports season starts to wind up, be sure to prepare your sports kids for potential bullying from other athletes and coaches. Sadly, there’s an epidemic of bullying in sports right now. The worst part of it: Children are reluctant to tell their parents they’re being bullied. All kinds of kids are bullied in sports. Talented kids can spark jealousy and get targeted. Newer … [Read more...] about Helping Athletes Prepare for Bullying in Sports…
Interviewing A New Coach As the summer winds down and you’re preparing for fall, it’s critical to ensure your kids have a coach whose style and philosophy builds their confidence. Whether your young athletes are already on a team or will be with a coach for the first time, it’s important to consider how a coach affects sports kids’ experience. Coaches can increase kids’ confidence and … [Read more...] about How To Interview And Choose The Right Coach
Coaches: Building Trust in Kids Building trust in kids is critical for coaches. If coaches establish a close, trusting relationship with their players, the players are more likely to feel confident, supported, and open—all keys to learning and transferring sports skills to life. In an inspiring interview with Thom Schauerman, varsity soccer coach and middle school volleyball coach at The … [Read more...] about Do Your Kids’ Sports Coaches Build Trust in Young Athletes?
Girls in Youth Sports Too often, coaches treat female athletes differently than male athletes. Coaches tell females to act more like men. But, truth is, girls and women don’t approach sports in the same way men approach sports, says Joan Steidinger, author of "Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete." Many female athletes like to focus on relationships in sports, … [Read more...] about What Do Girls Want To Get Out Of Sports?