The Importance Of Self-Confidence In Sports

Playing well is a mixture of both mental and physical preparation. In order to reach your goals you have to spend time on your game. Regardless of your skill level, self-confidence is critical to your success on the field or court.

Self-confidence removes fear and doubt and allows the athlete to play loose, aggressive, and most importantly without the fear of failure. There is no question that an athlete’s self-confidence correlates to their performance in practice and games.

Youth sports can be a powerful vehicle to help kids build their self-confidence. The tools learned in sports can be translated and used as they progress through life.

Self-confidence may come easy for some, but most people need to work very hard to build and maintain their self-confidence. It is not a one-time exercise, but rather an ongoing process through school, sports, work, and life.

Hard Work: There is no substitute for working hard at your sport. Do not short cut preparation. How hard you work will be demonstrated in your play. Self-confidence is a result of spending the time to improve. If you have worked hard, improved your technique, and trained well, you naturally feel confident.

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”                 – Michael Jordan

Making Mistakes Is Okay: Learn from your mistakes, improve on your mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake. A fear of failure can be very powerful and can affect your play on the field as well as your approach to the game or sport.

Celebrate the small victories: Each step you take toward improving should be celebrated. The celebration does not need to be an overt showing such as a Ronaldo goal score celebration or a touchdown dance. A simple fist thrust or smile is just fine. The goal, personally acknowledge when you have done something well.

Youth sports are a wonderful way to build life skills. Learning how to win and lose, commitment, working with a team…. Developing the proper habits to build self-confidence will help in school, career, and life.

Similar Posts:

Joshua is married with three active children. He has experienced the good, the bad, and the politics of youth sports as a coach (12 years youth basketball coach) and a parent. All three kids have played soccer (Competitive, Development Academy, ECNL, High School) and basketball (Competitive & High School). Joshua is a co-founder at StriveFar, a marketplace connecting athletes with coaches for individual and small group training. Joshua has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver since 2008. Joshua holds an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Colorado and an MBA in IT from the University of Denver.

1 Comment

  1. I completely agree with you on all points. Self confidence can be an athlete’s best friend or their worst enemy. It can go into a vicious cycling or a helpful spiral. This is where a coach can actually help. Coaching has to address much more than skills training. Helping athletes recover from failure is one such responsibility. And why not? Confidence is a skill too!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *