New Coaches in Youth Sports A dad recently wrote us with a heart-breaking story about how his 13-year-old soccer player was once “brilliant,” but had his confidence busted by a new coach…. The parents are willing to move to another town just to find a team that would help boost their son’s confidence and success. But we have some tips to help this boy get back on track without moving to … [Read more...] about How Young Athletes Can Feel Confident with Less Playing Time
Kids Sports Psychology
Fostering Determination in Sports Kids Inner determination and will are critical in youth sports, says Kirk Mango--a coach, National Champion and 3-Time All-American. They help young athletes push themselves beyond their normal limitations and do things they never thought possible. It all boils down to this: Kids-and adults-who are determined don't blame their circumstances. Paraphrasing … [Read more...] about How Can You Boost Kids’ Determination in Sports?
Growing Confidence in Youth Sports Can kids really grow their confidence in sports today, given that they have to deal with society's pressure to excel, untrained and sometimes difficult coaches, bullies, and parents who are sometimes over-invested in winning? That was the gist of a question we got yesterday from a 22-year-old student from the Columbia School of Journalism. She's writing a … [Read more...] about Can Athletes Feel Confident in the Face of Many Challenges Today?
Homeschooling And Youth Sports When families completely re-structure their lives to meet the needs of young athletes, do the kids feel more pressure to perform? At Kids’ Sports Psychology, we’ve found that the answer is often yes. When parents pull their kids out of school, they must change their work schedules to accommodate homeschooling. When parents invest a lot of time and money into … [Read more...] about Do Homeschooled Young Athletes Feel More Pressure to Win?
Homeschooling And Youth Sports Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Andrea Leib, a former teacher who is founder of stayontrack.net, which is an online school for athletes who need to homeschool due to demanding travel and practice schedules. This week's Ultimate Sports Parents podcast question is: Does homeschooling provide a relief for these kids or does it add pressure? Dr. Patrick … [Read more...] about Homeschooling: Pressure for Young Athletes? [Podcast]
Post Game Tips For Young Athletes You want your kids to walk away from competition with more confidence than they started with, correct? Below, we give you our top Post Game Tip. But first... Most kids tend to beat up on themselves after they compete. It's part of human nature. It's part of being a dedicated athlete. It's something perfectionists do a lot. But it's not healthy. Dwelling on … [Read more...] about Our Top Post-Game Confidence Tip for Sports Parents
Instilling Confidence in Sports Kids Sports parents: Want to improve your young athletes' confidence? Watch Dr. Patrick Cohn of The Ultimate Sports Parent discuss how sports parents can help kids boost self-confidence in sports and what not to do prior to games. Dr. Cohn discusses how athletes sabotage their pregame confidence and what parents can do to help support sports' kids … [Read more...] about How Sports Parents Can Boost Young Athletes’ Confidence
The Importance of Confidence in Youth Sports Confidence is the Number One trait that determines whether young athletes achieve their potential in youth sports. When kids lack confidence, they start doubting themselves, stop taking risks, play tentatively, and are hard on themselves. As a result, kids often lose their motivation to improve. Ultimately, these barriers keep them from enjoying … [Read more...] about Want to Boost Young Athletes’ Confidence Quickly?
Playing Time And It's Influence on Sports Kids What do you do when your sports kids suddenly get less playing time? Or if they never got much to begin with? If it hurts their confidence—and often it will--you can take concrete steps to boost your kids’ mental game. "Three of the last four years our son has been on an AAU team where he was one of the best players and played 95% of the game," … [Read more...] about Boosting Confidence in the Face of Little Playing Time
Success And Goal-Setting in Youth Sports Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews J. Parker Adair, a coach who started a high school lacrosse program and has run programs for athletes aged 3 to high school. He as taken his sports lessons to the business world with his website CoachAdair.com. This week's Ultimate Sports Parent podcast covers: Building success through goal-setting and … [Read more...] about Building Kids’ Success Through Goal-Setting [Podcast]