Goal Setting in Youth Sports

Motivates Kids to Play Sports and Stay Active

Motivation for Young Athletes

Give Sports Kids Tanglible Goals For Cami Hawkins, CEO of Marathon Kids, an organization that provides resources for schools to start running clubs, motivating kids is all about setting small goals and celebrating success. In an Ultimate Sports Parent podcast interview, Hawkins described how the organization’s coaches set goals that … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Setting Goals for Young Athletes

When Teens Feel Pressure to Play Sports

Focus on Small Objectives It’s important for young athletes to establish goals in order to improve their training for the new year. Many young athletes have goals about the successes they’re aiming for in competition, but don’t have well-defined goals for training and practice. Training is critical to success in … Read Sport Psychology Tip

The Importance of Goal Setting in Youth Sports

goals in youth sports

How to Help Young Athletes Develop a Growth Mindset Christian Buck, a performance coach and author of The Sport of School, says it’s critical for young athletes–and students–to establish a long-term vision and goals that support it. He teaches high schoolers how to create a vision and goals–in both sports and … Read Sport Psychology Tip

The Pressure of Expectations for Kids

Pressure from High Expectations

Goals not Expectations Are Good for Kids It’s important to go into a competitive season with realistic goals. They will motivate and focus young athletes. Sports kids should not go into a season with super high expectations. That will make them feel pressured, anxious and distracted. Let’s compare goals and … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Do Your Young Athletes Feel Satisfied after a Game?

Coping With Mistakes

Learn to Play “Under The Circumstances” Do your kids feel devastated after a loss? Some kids don’t feel satisfied in sports unless they win. They need to understand that numerous factors are outside their control when it comes to winning. These include the weather, teammates’ decisions and calls from the … Read Sport Psychology Tip