Multiple Teams · Four Keys for Developing Confident Players


Imagine you’re a bird resting on a tree branch. It’s a nice day and you’re relaxing while taking in nature’s beauty. Life is good.

Now imagine you’re sitting on the branch during a windy day. We as humans would probably be nervous the branch would break, but the bird isn’t. Why? It’s all about confidence. The bird has confidence in its ability to fly, and it has confidence that if the branch it’s on breaks, it will surely find another tree branch to rest on.

If you ask most coaches what the most important attribute they look for in a player, self-confidence is at the top of the list. Without self-confidence, the player will struggle to do well. Heck, any one of us become a liability without self-confidence.

Coaches want self-confident players because they believe anything is possible. They trust the work they’ve put in and a good result will come from their good efforts. However, there are so many coaches who struggle to develop confident players. In today’s coaching psychology, it’s critical coaches go out of their way to build the esteem and confidence of their players.

A team full of insecure and unconfident players will absolutely struggle to reach their potential and win games. Don’t let this happen to your players and your program.

Any coaches can develop confident players with the help of the four following steps:

  1. Provide repetition. Think back to when you first learned to ride a bike. You were nervous and scared about falling and getting hurt. But once you got the hang of it, you never looked back and had confidence in your ability. The best thing a coach can do is teach the fundamentals. Players will never have the confidence to take the necessary risks to win big if they haven’t mastered the fundamentals. Whether it’s in sports or not, the same is true, repetition of skill fosters self-confidence.

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