Every day, we receive letters from parents like you who want their children and teens to excel in sports. However, these parents can see fear, doubt, and frustration on the faces of their kids who struggle with the “inner” game of sports. But these parents have no idea how to help their kids overcome the worries, expectations and self-defeating thoughts that prevent their young athletes from feeling confident and successful. Parents report that their young athletes:
- Perform like stars in practice, but freeze up or play tentatively during games or competition
- Are distracted by worries about what a coach or teammates think about their performance
- Doubt their abilities as athletes at just the wrong moment during competition
- Expect too much of themselves, then beat themselves up for not meeting their high expectations
- Fall short of reaching their physical potential because they’re afraid of failing
- Freeze up and look scared when faced with competitive pressure
- Criticize themselves often after making mistakes
- Under-perform in response to negative feedback from jealous teammates
- Perform badly when their coach is hot-headed, upset or critical
- Lose confidence after working with a negative coach
It’s difficult for sports parents to watch their kids under-perform in sports and lose self-esteem due to fear, doubt and tentativeness. It’s hard to stand idle and watch.
The solutions are not obvious. However, you, as a parent, can learn how to respond to your athletes’ fears, doubts, and frustrations. You can develop happy, successful kids who are “mentally tough” in sports – and life!
You can benefit from our 15-plus years’ of work in sports psychology and sports parenting research. Now, you can tap into our secrets to sports success through a cutting-edge, 14-day program that helps young athletes overcome the top “mental game” challenges that sports parents face—and the top challenges young athletes face. In our 14-day program, you and your young athlete will learn just what it takes to cultivate confidence, focus, and composure in sports!
Through our extensive research, we’ve discovered that the parents of top-performing, happy, young athletes know how to support their kids in sports. These parents understand just how to:
- Communicate with coaches
- Boost their kids’ confidence on game day
- Help kids stop worrying about what others’ think
- Teach kids no one is perfect
- Give kids appropriate feedback after defeat
- Free kids to trust in their own abilities, and
- Help kids focus on what’s most important…. And more!