Do your young athletes start to doubt themselves and lose confidence when they are criticized or given feedback in sports?
One soccer player puts it this way:
“I’m often challenged mentally during practice if a teammate tells me how I can’t do a certain thing, such as properly marking my opponent. I end up questioning my ability to do so, therefore affecting my performance negatively.”
Self-doubt, which this athlete describes well, is one of the biggest mental game challenges in youth sports.