5 Ways for Young Athletes to Build Confidence

3. Focus on Doing Your Best

Whenever a team steps on the court or field, their objective is to win. The desire to win, however, shouldn't cause you to lose sight of your most important goal--doing your best. The best team doesn't always win, it's the team that plays the best that usually wins.

There's no shame in losing if you do your best. Sometimes your opponent is simply better than you. Other times, it's just a matter of bad luck. Instead of worrying about wins and losses, focus on doing your absolute best.

The wins will come if you and your teammates play hard. Focus on doing your best rather than being the best.

4. Start off Easy

A simple way to improve your confidence is to start with something easy. For example, a basketball player can begin every practice with easy shots a few feet from the basket. Watching the ball go through the hoop over and over helps you build a rhythm and gain confidence in your shooting ability.

Tiger Woods starts his practice sessions by making 100 three-foot putts.

5. Practice

Above all, the best thing you can do to improve your confidence is practice.

Confidence is based on evidence and experience, and this comes from practice. If you constantly work on your skills, you'll know what you're capable of and have more faith in your ability. You'll be able to relax and perform with confidence in games because you've put in the time during practice.

It's not as hard as it sounds to help your kid develop basic athletic skills like strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination.

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