Helping Sports Kids With Confidence
We often see kids who excel in practice, but freeze up during games. This can be frustrating and confusing for parents and coaches.
What’s going on in the young athlete’s mind and what can sports parents and coaches do about it?
First, sports parents and coaches should help young athletes understand that they create their own sports confidence mindset. If kids begin a game needing immediate results (such as getting the first hit or basket of the game), they’re hurting their confidence.
It is critical to remind young athletes that they’ve been practicing to develop confidence for many years. Don’t let them lose their hard-earned confidence by worrying about achieving immediate results!
What’s more, athletes need to understand that they’ll be more successful if they assume full responsibility for their own confidence before competition begins. This is why it’s called self-confidence!
Often athletes take a back seat approach and wait until they make a couple of plays before they decide how confident they should feel.
If this is how your young athlete thinks, they need positive results before they feel confident. In other words, they need to make that great hit or basket before they can begin to feel confident.
If this is true of the young athletes in your life, you can help.
Tell them they need to change how they think before entering competition. Tell them not to worry about making that first hit, goal or basket right away!
Instead, they should draw on their many successes even before the game or competition begins.
We suggest that you learn how to boost your child’s confidence.
And we can help!
Go check out our Ultimate Sports Parent workbook/CD program.
You’ll also discover:
–How to communicate with your young athletes.
–How to help them establish appropriate goals.
–How to help them trust their skills on game day.
–How to help them cope with competitive pressure.
–And other tips!
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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.
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