What’s one of the biggest confidence killers for sports kids?
Beliefs they hold to that undermine their confidence.
- High expectations (I have to score 20 points in the game today).
- Negative names they call themselves (I’m not quick enough to play point guard).
- “I can’t” statements (I can’t shoot 3-pointers).
- Goofy beliefs (I only score goals if I’m wearing polka-dotted underwear).
Maybe your young athletes don’t wear polka-dotted underwear. But we bet your sports kids have displayed some, if not all, of these tendencies from time-to-time. If they haven’t, they’re not human!
Here’s the good news:
You can help them identify and overcome these beliefs.
First, they need to look at the types of beliefs we mention above.
They then should identify some of the ways their thoughts and feelings fall into these categories.
For example, your sports kids might say, “I definitely have the ‘I can’t statement’ problem. I’m always telling myself I’m not quick enough to play defense.”
Once you’ve helped your sports kids identify these beliefs, you want to help them replace these beliefs with more positive ones.
For example, your kids might tell themselves, “I’m too small to be a smarter.” Have them change this to: “I’m really quick and have good hands. The team needs me for these abilities.”
Then, when they’re practicing, make sure they stay tuned in to their negative beliefs. They should remind themselves to replace them with more positive, realistic ideas.
It may take time, but tell them to be patient. They can’t change their thinking overnight!
The tip above is just one of the helpful pieces of advice we give you and your sports kids in “The Confident Sports Kids: A 7-Day Plan for Building Self-Confidence in Young Athletes.”
Now, for the first time, this workbook and CD program–and other workbook and CD programs in the Confident Sports Kids series–are now available as digital downloads.
That means that rather than waiting for them to arrive in the mail, you can get our programs immediately.
But here’s the best part: You pay no shipping costs!
What’s more, you save 10 bucks with the digital program.
One more thing:
When you do buy the hard copy of our programs, you can now download the audio and workbooks immediately and get right to work. You’ll get the hard copy in the mail in a few days.
What are sports parents saying about our resources?
“I tell kids to get access to a sports psychologist or books like yours. That would have been a godsend to me as a young athlete.”
~Steve Siebold, a former professional tennis player and a mental toughness coach
Check out The Confident Sports Kid series:
p.s. You can download the first chapter of two of the latest programs and “kick the tires” before you make the commitment:
Help Your Young Athletes Overcome Self-Doubt In Sports!
The Confident Sports Kid helps young athletes improve confidence quickly and overcome common confidence killers that destroy motivation and fun in sports!
This is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to boost young athletes’ performance, happiness and success… in sports and life!
The Confident Sports Kid program is actually two programs: one that teaches sports parents how to boost their kids’ confidence, and another that teaches young athletes age 8 to 12 how to improve their self talk, avoid negative thinking, overcome expectations that limit confidence, and much more.
What are parents and coaches saying?
“I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful programs. My son Kai was one of the fastest 10 and under swimmers in Southern California and after he “aged up” to the 11-12 group he really lost confidence swimming against the much faster and bigger boys. He started with the Confident Sports Kids series and really enjoyed each and every lesson. He then started the Composed Kid series and built on the important building blocks that he was using from the first series. I so happy to report that Kai was able to swim to best times in each and every event he swam at the biggest and most important meet of the year in So Cal, the Club Championships. Each race he was more calm, composed, and relaxed. The final race was one that he was ranked last and one of his goals was to try for top 16…he was 49th! He cut over 4 seconds off his time ending up in 17th. He was ecstatic to say the least.”
Help Your Young Athletes Improve Focus In Sports!
Are your young athletes easily distracted by people shouting on the sidelines? Do they obsess over their mistakes? Do they worry about what people think of them?
These issues will cause their concentration and performance to suffer!
The Focused Sports Kid helps kids overcome distractions that can hurt their performance in sports.
This is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to discover secrets to helping young athletes improve focus and concentration!
The Focused Sports Kid program is actually two programs: one for sports parents/coaches that provides mental game tips especially designed for parents and coaches, and for young athletes, ages 8 to 12, that will walk them through 7 simple lessons in mental focus in sports.
What are parents and coaches saying?
“I read your report and prepared a one-page summary for my team. I asked the team to attend a 10am training session on Saturday before the final on Sunday. (I told parents) they must obtain the one-page summary handout from me and ask a parent to read it to them until they understood what it meant…My boys succeeded! We beat a team that no one could beat during the year, that was coached by a former professional player that had sons of former Professional players in the team and as a result of believing in themselves, they won. In my humble opinion , I look beyond the game and hope the kids have learned a lesson in life that you really can do almost anything if you put your mind to it. We salute you and the wonderful work you do.”
~Anthony (Tony) Costa, coach
“We just completed the first ten tips, it has helped tremendously for (our daughter) and us. We’ve learned to keep our behavior and comments in check. She’s letting mistakes happen and not worrying about them, she’s now just moves on to the next play with the same attitude as before the mistakes. She’s playing more aggressively all game. Her coach even mentioned that whatever we are doing, keep doing because it’s working.”
~Scott, Sports Dad
Help Young Athletes Overcome Perfectionist Challenges in Sports!
Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma: Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism And Fear of Failure will walk you through the problem and arm you with practical solutions.
The Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma is a two part program. It includes:
- A 23 page E-book that identifies the challenge, explains why it is harmful to young athletes and gives step-by-stop sports psychology tips for helping kids.
- A 21 page kids’ sports psychology workbook that is intended to help you kids identify beliefs and expectations that are the root of perfectionism.
Now you can learn how to help young athletes overcome the difficult cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure and loss of confidence!
What are parents saying?
“My wife and I immediately applied your tips and luckily we got a fast response. Our 16-year-old daughter reads like a case study for lack of confidence. She matches the profile your e-book describes: high technical ability and successful in soccer practice but looks like she forgets how to play in games!”
~Glenn G. New Jersey
“After listening to a couple of your podcasts and reading your “10 tips to confidence in youth sports,” most of the challenges you make note of apply to my 14-year-old son. He’s got all the physical ability, but the more mistakes he makes, the worse it seems to get. So reading and listening to your information has been so helpful and validates what I have observed in him for the past few months. Thank you so much!”
~Brenda Felder, Everett, WA