Sep 03, 2015 • 5 min read
Parents: somewhere, at some point, a change occurred. Youth sports became professionalized. We have imposed an adult viewpoint of sports onto our youth. In doing so, the system has indeed created better talent, however along with it has come higher expectations, stressed out athletes, more frequent injuries, less creativity and more drop outs than ever before.
The goal of athletics is to create healthy, well-adjusted people who not only enjoy the game and the social interactions, but also the many benefits that sport can teach such as, teamwork, discipline, communication, persistence, focus and mental toughness. Although we all mean the best, here are six ways you may be teaching the opposite:
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology coach. DRB & Associates based in Indianapolis works with professional athletes & corporate athletes, coaches, and teams building their Mental Toughness. His fourth book, Don’t Should On Your Kid: Build Their Mental Toughness, will be released this fall. Follow him on twitter @drrobbell, or check out the new film & e-book, “NO FEAR: A Simple Guide to Mental Toughness.”