confidence in sports kid

Why Mental Training is So Important for Kids [Podcast]

Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast

The Importance of Mental Training Steve Siebold is a former top 500 tennis player who knows what it’s like to be under pressure as a sports kid. He also knows how much that pressure can affect kids throughout their lives—in a negative way. “Some of the best tennis players in … Read Sport Psychology Tip

The Number One Confidence Killer for Athletes

Youth Sports Psychology

High Expectations Verse High Confidence No matter what sport you play, if you focus too much on outcome expectations, your confidence will take a hit. I call this the confidence-expectation connection. Here’s the connection: When your expectations are super high—and you fail to achieve those expectations—confidence takes a hit. Here’s … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Helping Young Athletes Cope with Mistakes and Grow

Youth Sports Psychology

Help Kids Move on After Making Mistakes College basketball coach John Wooden—who won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period—said the team that makes the most mistakes will win most often. But athletes lose when they make mistakes, you might argue. Not so. Athletes—especially young athletes—who aren’t afraid of … Read Sport Psychology Tip