Pregame Routines for Young Athletes
A sports parent asks:
“My almost 13-year-old daughter is very talented, but her head gets in the way. She is a starter at striker. She has amazing games one day and the next she’s a different player, she’s inconsistent. What going one and how can we help her?”
There are many reasons young athletes may not be consistent performers.
These reasons include feeling intimidated by the competition or not having a consistent pregame routine.
Start by asking your athletes what they are thinking about regarding the competition.
Often, your sports kids will perceive the competition as bigger or better than they really are, or will focus on the competition’s strengths instead of on their own games.
Your task as parents is to help kids think about their own strengths–not on the strengths of those they’re playing against!
Remind your sports kids to focus on what they can do to help the team, whether it’s being great team players or strong on defense.
Another solution is to work with your young athletes on creating pregame mental preparation routines.
Consistent mental and physical pregame prep leads to consistent performance…
It’s possible that your sports kids are approaching each game differently, which will lead to different mindsets and different results.
A pregame routine might begin, for example, with these five steps:
- Kids should let go of distractions.
- Review the reasons to feel confident.
- Overcome doubts that creep into their minds.
- Establish a game plan.
- Visualize what they need to do during competition.
Keep in mind that your kids are human and have lots going on in their lives.
Don’t expect them to perform at their best every game!
Even the pros have bad performances.
It’s unrealistic to expect your athletes to perform at their peak every game.
Injuries, school life and home alike can affect how kids perform in games.
For more information about pregame mental preparation, check out our “10-Minute Pregame Prep” program.
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Young athletes and their parents and coaches tell us that sports kids often struggle with these pregame mental game challenges:
- They feel pressure to excel from expectations they feel from others
- They focus too much on the outcome instead of the process
- They fail to take charge of their confidence before the compete
- They don’t trust in their skills when they go from practice to competition
- They hang on to mistakes and dwell in them in competition
- They worry too much about what others think about their performance
- They tighten up and play safe when they feel pressure to succeed
- They interpret pregame jitters as harmful to their performance
“10 Minute Pregame Prep” will tell you everything you need to know about ensuring your sports kids avoid classic mental game pitfalls before a game, learn how to trust their instincts, and just go for it. It provides lots of advice for you, too…
With our program, you can stop wondering what to do and relax before your kids’ games!
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Do your young athletes:
- Criticize themselves often after making mistakes?
- Lose confidence after working with a negative coach?
- Freeze up and look scared when faced with competitive pressure?
- Perform like stars in practice but freeze up or play tentatively during games or competitions?
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