How to Build Confidence in your child athlete
Little is more discouraging for the sports’ parent than seeing their child playing with little or no confidence. The ability to help them build confidence makes that a little easier. Confidence is never an automatic thing, as often very good players with a lot of success still seem to lack self-assurance. Additionally, it can change from game to game with kids. When things are going well, they have confidence and the minute things change it disappears.
The good news is that parents and coaches can help kids with their attitude and confidence levels. That process should begin at home in all aspects of kids’ development. Parents should let kids try to figure things out on their own at young ages so they do not depend on mom and dad to fix all their problems. Athletes who expect others come to their rescue when adversity arrives, never develop confidence in themselves or the process necessary to persevere. Sports should just be a continuation of things kids learn at home and school. Placing more emphasis on a child’s sports play than on everything else in their lives will lead to players who have little self-confidence.
In today’s infographic, parents should make sure they are doing these tips to build confidence in their athletes.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.