social approval

Do Your Sports Kids Worry About What People Think?

Why Sports Must be Fun for Young Athletes

Social Approval in Youth Sports Sports kids have lots of worries in youth sports—worries that hurt their confidence and performance. A big one, especially for middle and high school kids, are worries over what others think of their performance. Young athletes are concerned what their friends, parents and coaches may … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Kids Who Lose Confidence When Playing in Front of Others

When Athletes Worry About Being Judged

Kids Who Lose Confidence What can sports parents do when kids’ confidence dips when performing in front of others? Truth is, you don’t have control over what is happening inside your kids’ minds—whether they feel pressure or not. However, you can teach them tools for managing—or eliminating—the pressure they feel. … Read Sport Psychology Tip

When Sports Kids Rely on Others for Confidence

Youth Sports Psychology

Sports Kids’ Confidence Sources Do your young athletes seek approval from their peers and coaches in order to feel confident about their abilities in sports? That’s true of Miguel, a 20-year-old who has played basketball recreationally for many years. He says that when his confidence sinks, he counts on his … Read Sport Psychology Tip