Mind games are a part of youth sports. You’ve probably heard coaches and athletes say that sports is much more of a mental game than physical. The mental game includes the ability to focus, move past mistakes, and persist through adversity.
After raising three kids who played sports through college, I’d add that the mental game also includes mind games or “head games” played by coaches or teammates.
When I say “head games”, I’m talking about the tactics used to motivate or get something out of a player. Coaches may mess with your child’s head in an attempt to motivate because they think encouragement or instruction isn’t producing the results they want.
Does your child have a coach that plays head games with him? If so, continue reading.
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