Confidence Challenges For Sports Kids
The fall season is underway, so you likely are beginning to get a feel for how confident your athletes are feeling in their sport.
If you’re uncertain about whether they’re feeling confident, here are a few things to think about. If you can identify what busts kids’ confidence in sports, you’re on your way to boosting their confidence and performance.
Do your kids excel in practice, but under-perform during games?
You may have perfectionists on your hand. Be sure to give them permission to be human, which means it’s okay to make mistakes. Try to lower their expectations. Encourage them to focus on what’s happening right now—not on the score or win.
Do your kids freeze up when you say something loud from the sidelines?
You may have kids who worry about what others think. Help your athletes focus on what’s most important—the tasks they need to execute to play well right now.
While you’re at it, try to avoid yelling from the sidelines. It distracts most kids during practice and competition.
Do your kids criticize themselves for making mistakes so much that they freeze up?
That’s what we call fear of failure. Give them a few “Get out of jail” cards that allow them to goof up.
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- Criticize themselves often after making mistakes?
- Freeze up and look scared when faced with competitive pressure?
- Lose confidence after working with a negative coach?
- Perform like stars in practice but freeze up or play tentatively during games or competitions?
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