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Kids Sports – Do the Kids Have Unhealthy Expectations?

Kids Sports – Are the Kids Expectations Too High?

Unhealthy expectations, which are not met in competition, may lead some kids very frustrated. How to help kids to have more fun in sports?

Kids Sports Psychology – How to avoid frustrations and unhealthy expectations by the kids?

Take a look at this nice sports psychology advice we discovered:

1. Discover if your kids have high expectations.

Are they thinking: “I have to get a kill every time”, “I have to put the serve over every time”, “I have to get 20 kills in each match”.

2. Help kids get rid of those expectations.

They may set up those high goals themselves.  Or those expectations may come from outside people.

Those expectations could be based on winning and losing – or how well they performed in the match. No more goals in which they are yearning for perfection: “I have to get 20 kills in the match”, “I have to put every serve in”.

3. Help your kids to set up smaller goals.

Set up goals which can be achieved easily.

  • For example they should have a goal to “focus on one play, one serve, one shot or one spike at the time”.
  • Or kids could set up a goal to make “quality serves” – you can define together what this means – for example you could set up a goal to serve with a good top spin what you have been working on in the previous week.

They should focus on something small that they can focus in the process of playing. Focus on small goals in the moment (“Now I am doing the tossing correctly, then following with a nice wrist snap”). Do not think about big goals in the process of playing (“I can’t make any serving errors in this match. I have to serve every serve in”).   The goals should easily achievable.

Those steps help kids to avoid disappointment and becoming frustrated.  Then they perform with confidence – without focusing on the outcome, which they can’t control themselves.

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Source:
Cohn, P.  Helping Young Athletes Cope with Frustration in Sports . Retrieved March 27, 2010, from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yBwmR2jeDE

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How to Improve Self Confidence in Volleyball Serve?

Read about improving volleyball players’ self confidence.

How to make your players feel more confident when serving? Self-Confidence in Volleyball Serve

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Motivating Your Team To Be More Competitive

Posted an article about “Motivating Your Team To Be More Competitive” in the spots psychology section.

How do you get your team to compete harder? How to inspire your team to do their best?

Go to article through the following link Motivating Your Team To Be More Competitive

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Sports Psychology – Playing Against a Weaker Team

Sports psychology tips for playing against a weaker team.

I am sure you watched Olympic Games on TV and saw underdog teams surprising the clear favorites.  One example of this was when the US men’s hockey team beat a clear favorite, the Canadian hockey team in the preliminary round.

How to play against a weaker team?

1. Do not take an underdog team too lightly or set expectations about who should win.

2. Always put a real effort to design a game plan or strategy.

3.  Get excited and be passionate to compete. Without intensity you are not able to focus 100% to the game, which leads to bad performance.

If you want to read the this great article about “Playing Against a Weaker Team”, follow the link below:

http://www.thegoalieguild.com/?p=3267

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New Page – Sports Psychology in Volleyball

We posted a new page about Sports Psychology in Volleyball.  How to use visualization to learn jump serve?

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Recommendations for Building Self-esteem

We continue about the sports psychology topic we started a few weeks ago. If you want to see specific questions and answers about the topic, follow the link below.

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We found a nice article about Children’s Self Esteem.

Recommendations for Building Self-esteem of Children:

* Love them regardless of how they perform.
* Give them opportunities to demonstrate their competence.
* Focus on areas over which they have control (e.g., their efforts rather than results).
* Encourage your children to take appropriate risks.
* Allow your children to experience failure and then help them learn its essential lessons.
* Set expectations for their behavior.
* Demand accountability.
* Have consequences for bad behavior.
* Include them in decision making.

To read the whole article, follow the link below.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201002/parenting-the-sad-misuse-self-esteem