Good Kid, Bad Play

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Your team looks to you for approval. When discussing a mistake they made during play, be sure to phrase your words carefully. Be sure to discuss the effort and not the result. If you focus on the result, players will equate approval based on results and not effort. In youth sports, this leads to kids “freezing up” and “choking.” Kids will become less hesitant to take risks for fear of failure. Encourage kids to take risks and to fail. Doing this will improve their performance over the long-term and will keep them playing the sport.

 

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