sport psychology

Boosting Confidence in the Face of Little Playing Time

Youth Sports Psychology

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 … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why Talent is Over-rated in Youth Sports [Podcast]

Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast

Strong Mental Game Skill in Youth Sports Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kirk Mango, a coach, national champion, 3-Time All-American, Hall of Fame Athlete and writer working on a book, “Becoming A True Champion” about why talent is over-rated. In this week’s Ultimate Sports Parent podcast: Mango talks about why … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why The Mental Game is as Important as Talent For Young Athletes

Youth Sports Psychology

The Importance of a Good Mental Game Talent is over-rated in youth sports. That’s the word from Kirk Mango, a youth sports coach, national champion, three-time All-American and Hall of Fame athlete. As a young athlete, Mango didn’t stand out as being especially talented, he says. But he was passionate … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why Kids’ Self-Confidence Suffers When Sports Parents Make Comparisons

Youth Sports Psychology

Parents Comparing Sports Kids Sports parents, you need to stop making comparisons. Only then will your kids stop taking part in this confidence-busting activity. Ah, but it’s so tempting to chat with your kids, spouse and neighbors about how Johnny’s free-throw shot is a little crooked compared to your kids’ … Read Sport Psychology Tip

When Young Athletes Drop Out of Sport Due to Bullying

Youth Sports Psychology

Feeling Unsafe in Youth Sports Steve, a sports dad and coach, recently called us to tell us about the worst thing that can happen to a talented young athlete, from a mental-game perspective. A 14-year-old hockey goalie was offered a position on a high-level team in a different state, and … Read Sport Psychology Tip