our youth is a delicate practice that needs to be taken with
the kids self confidence at the heart of the teaching. These
days, parents and coaches alike want to win so bad, they put
undue stress on the kids that can have a negative effect.
as parents and as coaches, we try to put too much on our kids.
We tend to point out the negative when we are talking to them
instead of building up their self confidence. I once heard a
parent yelling at his kid from the stands, "If you don't
get a hit, you aren't eating dinner tonight!" Needless
to say, I went up and spoke with the parent about his approach.
You may think this is harmless, and you may have said it in
a joking fashion. But think of the kid on the field who is playing
in front of all the parents and friends who hear this as he
is strolling up to the plate. Talk about stress and the feeling
of rejection and humiliation if this kid doesn't come through.
we are building more than just ballplayers here. We are building
people who are going to go out in the world someday. We are
building character, pride, self confidence. We do this through
encouragement and a nourishing attitude. Not through pointing
out failures and humiliation.
how do we get them to play better if they can't stand a little
criticism? By encouraging them. When your kid takes a swing
and misses, the first words out of your mouth should be, "Nice
Swing! You just missed it, keep trying and you'll get a hit!".
That encourages your kid to keep trying. Not only that, your
kid will be excited about trying more. This promotes self confidence.
your kid strikes out 4 times in a game, put an arm around him
after the game and tell him he really swung the bat well and
that he will get them next time. And tell him how proud you
are of him for trying.
these simple tips: