Any athlete who plays a sport long enough is going to lose their share of games – and sometimes lose badly. Handling these losses is actually a more important lesson than learning to handle wins. A player’s reaction to a loss has a huge impact on their long term success. Here are eight great tips to help your player when the game just doesn’t go their way: Read more
Players don’t just get better. They improve at many small things that add up to an overall better player. For example, passing requires improving at things like vision, timing, balance, speed and decision making. If players improve in all of these areas, then they become better passers.
Any athlete who plays a sport long enough is going to lose their share of games, and sometimes lose badly. Handling these losses is actually a more important lesson than learning to handle wins. A player’s reaction to a loss has a huge impact on their long term success. Here are eight great tips to help your player when the game just doesn’t go their way:
Sooner or later, every parent will have to face the perceived shame and humiliation caused by a child who didn’t “hustle” during a game. Most of the other parents will be polite and say things like “Is your child feeling okay?” or “Hope everything is okay at home.” Some parents will suggest private lessons or maybe even other teams to play on, but most will be quiet and avoid direct eye contact. When this happens, parents can either put on a brave face and laugh off the comments, or just pretend to be on their cell phone while quickly walking their child to the car. When confronted with too much shame and humiliation, parents quit youth sports and never return.
America prides itself on all forms of competition and tracking wins and losses is an ingrained part of the nation’s character. This winning attitude should be carried over into youth sports. However, without understanding what it is we are trying to win, we run the risk of losing and losing big.
Though competition for adults is often about more substantive matters, competition is most intense and pronounced in kids. Every day, kids compete to:
More than 40 million American youth participate in school and community based sports each year, however, most drop out at or around age 13. The following reasons why they play and why they quit, are crucial for adults involved youth sports, including parents, coaches, directors and board members.
Is your player afraid other athletes will see them as weak if they take part in mental training or work with a sports psychologist? Many athletes buy into myths about sports psychology and this prevents them from embracing the benefits of mental training. In the following article Dr. Patrick Cohn debunks the myths associated with sports psychology.
Keeping a child athlete motivated works best using a dual pronged approach with encouragement from both parents and coaches. The following article is an excerpt from an interview between Executive Editor, TK Stohlman and Jim Johnson, founder and director of flexxCoach. The two discuss how to help players find this drive and motivation and grow as athletes and individuals.
Being involved in youth sports is a wonderful way to create and grow self-confidence in your child. The following article is an excerpt from an interview between Executive Editor, TK Stohlman and Dr. Darrell Burnett, a Clinical Child Psychologist and Certified Sports Psychologist. Dr. Burnett provides some excellent advice for building self confidence in your player.