Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports.
There are lots of folks out there who are doing something to Make It Right in youth sports and in this Make It Right series, I’ve introduced you to three of them. Today, I’d like to introduce you to another positive voice in youth sports.
Craig Sigl is a Mental Training Coach for athletes and uses cutting-edge sports psychology tools to boost confidence & build mental skills in athletes. He runs the Mental Toughness Academy and works daily with athletes.
Craig knows the world of sports; he played football, basketball and baseball, golf and softball, coached little league baseball, kids’ recreational basketball and now works with athletes as well as coaches adults in business. On the other side of the bench, he’s also a dad to two boys, one is golfing in college and the other is a high school tennis player.
What is Craig Sigl Doing to Make It Right in Youth Sports?
Craig works with coaches and educates them on how to treat each athlete differently and instructs them to stop throwing away talent with their narrowmindedness. This is a much-needed reality check for many coaches and Craig does an amazing job at it.
I’ve listened to Craig and interviewed him for one of my podcasts and I know that he influences athletes and coaches around the world.
And in my opinion, Craig’s biggest contribution to Making It Right is when he helps athletes punch fear in the face.
Every day he talks with athletes about mental toughness, via Skype and in person. He sees how fear has held many of them back: Many people live in fear and anxiety in their lives. I’ve discovered that most of this fear comes from our childhood and is carried over to adulthood as it was for me. It’s much easier to prevent these fears for a lifetime by teaching kids how to be fearless so they never have to deal with them.
Craig’s dream is to help one million kids deal with their fears before he leaves this planet!
Kids are scared to death to disappoint their parents, coaches, and teammates. Some more so than others, but fear holds us back from our best performances and living life the way we want to. Kids call it “lack of confidence” or “nervous” or “playing better in practice than games” or “pressure” but it all boils down to fear of failure.
I had a teen runner who was in so much fear that she would throw up before her races and at one point, starting getting “stomach aches” before practices. It deteriorated into being afraid to talk to people and even going outside. We turned the whole thing around and I was very proud to hear about her going to the prom and competing at State as a senior.
I had a pole vaulter who was so blocked by fear that she couldn’t plant the pole any more. Nothing her coaches did would help. I worked her through it and she won the state championship here in Washington.
Thanks, Craig, for helping kids get victory over their fears!
Craig Sigl is a TeamSnap blog contributing author and expresses his support of how TeamSnap positively contributes to the world of youth sports. He invites you to get his free ebook 10 Commandments for a Great Sports Parent at his website.