Perfectionism in Youth Sports
One of the biggest challenges for young athletes today is:
They try to be too perfect with their performance.
They try to have the perfect game or match.
Don’t get us wrong… There are some advantages to perfectionism.
Perfectionist kids have a strong work ethic, are committed to goals, and are willing to learn and improve. These great traits often disguise this ‘mental roadblock’ to success.
Kids who try to be too perfect can undermine their performance in many ways.
They often expect too much of themselves, are afraid of failing, feel anxious, are frustrated, and worry too much about results. This can stifle their talent.
For example, a perfectionist athlete unknowingly embraces very high expectations. When he does not achieve his expectations, he feels frustrated and thinks he’s failed.
Below is a recent example from a baseball dad about his son:
“My son is a good athlete who has always had good success. However, he seems to focus on the negative, not the positive. If he is practicing hitting, and doesn’t make good contact, after about three swings I hear ‘I stink.’ Unfortunately, things tend to go down hill from there.”
Perfectionists think that maintaining strict expectations is a good thing. They believe that the only other option is to accept mediocrity, which they are not willing to do.
But we have a different take on this:
If kids cannot reach their expectations, then become frustrated and lose their composure, they won’t achieve their full potential in sports.
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- A 21 page kids’ sports psychology workbook that is intended to help you kids identify beliefs and expectations that are the root of perfectionism.
Now you can learn how to help young athletes overcome the difficult cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure and loss of confidence!
What are parents saying?
“Your Information Had Been So Helpful”
“After listening to a couple of your podcasts and reading your “10 tips to confidence in youth sports,” most of the challenges you make note of apply to my 14-year-old son. He’s got all the physical ability, but the more mistakes he makes, the worse it seems to get. So reading and listening to your information has been so helpful and validates what I have observed in him for the past few months. Thank you so much!”
~Brenda Felder, Everett, WA