- Have players define confidence and explain how to build confidence.
- Believe in yourself. You can do it! The coaches and your parents believe in you.
- The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) reminds us that coaches can always instill confidence in their players by encouraging them and letting them know you believe in them, but also through non-verbal cues.
- Confidence also comes from hard work. If players know they have put all they can into preparing, they will feel much more confident when it’s time to play the game. Even in practice, going as hard as they can on every drill and in every scrimmage lets them feel their improvement and have a sense that they are earning their success. The more they see hard work paying off – even in small advances – the more confidence they gain and thus the more willing they are to put in even more toward the next level of advancement.