Some children have confidence to play with. Others don’t.
We don’t like to think a child being afraid of anything.
We think we can avoid it, if we start the right lessons young enough.
When a coach’s (or teammate’s) words of encouragement, praise or recognition reach a child’s striatum, dopamine is released – that hormone which relates to reward. That’s slightly technical – but on the pitch, it’s spiritual and emotional, and therein lies the secrets to building the child’s confidence in sports and overall self-esteem for life.
It feels great to be able to play, to be active feels amazing, especially when we are fairly rewarded for our efforts. In this environment, one is more likely to look forward to doing it again…tomorrow, or next week.
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