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?
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Parents Pressure in Youth Sports Here at the Ultimate Sports Parent and Kids' Sports Psychology, we receive many letters from parents who are confused about how much they should pressure their kids. In fact, it's not an overstatement to say they agonize about this topic... Agonize, you might ask? Yes. There's lots to agonize about when it comes to pressuring your kids in youth … [Read more...] about Why Sports Parent Agonize about Pressuring Young Athletes
The Benefits of Youth Sports What are the extra and all-important benefits of sports for kids? That's a question Dr. Steve Horan, an expert in community health improvement, asked himself after many years of being a coach and sports parent. "As you look at the numbers, so many kids drop out at age 13 and 14 for many different reasons," he says. "So I began to ask myself, ‘What value can we … [Read more...] about Sports Parents: Are Your Kids Reaping the Benefits From Sports?
Kids' Motivation in Sports Your sports kids may show a fair amount of talent, but are seemingly not interested in meeting their potential. Many sports parents want to know how to motivate their kids, yet not pressure them. You're unsure how much time you should spend reminding your kids that they need to attend practice. You feel like you're nagging. What's the answer? How do you get them … [Read more...] about How To Motivate Your Young Athletes Without Pressuring Them
Confidence Busters in Youth Sports Sports, at any level, are a game of confidence. Kids who have tons of confidence usually will rise above the competition. Under pressure, these kids' performance will thrive because of their strong belief in their ability. We receive many emails from concerned sports parents stating that their kids struggle with confidence and self-doubt... Parents are … [Read more...] about 8 Confidence Busters for Sports Kids You Should Know
"Get Ready" Routines Some of the biggest mental game challenges for sports kids are distractions. When they're practicing, playing or performing, kids get distracted when they worry about what others' think of them. They also get distracted when a dog runs onto the field. Some kids get distracted when their parents yell from the sidelines and embarrass them. What happens when they're … [Read more...] about How Sports Kids Benefit From “Get Ready” Routines
Embracing a Coaching Philosophy In a recent survey by Youth Football USA, 69 percent of respondents said that their main concern was the quality of youth coaches, says Joe Bouffard, active director of Youth Football USA. The survey respondents had good reason to be concerned, he says. But first an importance announcement... We put the final touches on our newest mental game program for … [Read more...] about Finding A Youth Coach With A Coaching Philosophy
Improving Sports Kids' Confidence In a recent survey of more than 700 sports parents and youth coaches, 40% of respondents told us that their kids struggle with doubts and negative thoughts about their performance. In addition, 70% of sports parents reported that their biggest challenge is: Understanding how to help their kids get the most out of their talents without pressuring their sports … [Read more...] about What Every Sports Parent Needs to Improve Kids’ Confidence
Communicating With Young Athletes We recently checked in with sports dad Michael Wood--chief fitness officer at Koko Fitness Inc.-- about his daughter's making her high school basketball team as a 6th grader. This was a double-edged sword for Wood... On the one hand, he was happy she had the opportunity to play with girls who had similar abilities. On the other hand, he didn't want to … [Read more...] about How Parents Can Improve Communication with Sports Kids – of All Abilities
Overcoming Pregame Jitters Most top athletes and coaches are aware of the importance of a calm mind and relaxed body for kids to reach peak performance in sports. And so am I... If your athletes are tense, worried about outcomes, or bring stress from life into competition, they will under perform in a big way. Does performance anxiety or pregame tension hold your athletes back from performing … [Read more...] about Kids Who Struggle with Pregame Nerves