Rugby Psychology Tips: Helping Young Rugby Players Mentally Prepare Before Matches
Does your child put themself under a lot of pressure before they perform?
So your children would like to perform to their best but they put a lot of pressure on themselves before matches. Does this sound familiar?
I wonder do your children know how to mentally prepare before these matches?
With the 1000’s of youngsters I’ve supported I’ve come to understand that the time before they compete is hugely vital yet not used very effectively.
These are some of the common challenges I’ve noted:
– Worrying about letting their team-mates down
– Worrying about letting the coach down
– Being overly anxious before matches and being sick in changing rooms
– Getting distracted by their parents in matches
– Too many instructions offered to them by their coach before they go into a match
– During matches criticism from team-mates
– Worrying about what their parents will say to them after a match
– Failing to use a skill the way they do in training when they compete in a match leading into giving little effort
– Worrying about getting injured
– Getting into arguments with parents before competing in a match
– Allowing self-doubt and a lack of confidence to control them
How can we help your young rugby players improve their pregame mental game preparation?
I’d like to help you address young players top challenges and teach your children how to mentally prepare for matches.
Please take two minutes to give me your feedback – you can play a big part in helping them. I’d be hugely grateful.
A great way to improve consistency of performance is to help rugby players prepare mentally prior to matches. This is the motivation from this survey. In the coming weeks I’ll share results and provide tips for young rugby players.
Also please feel free to pass this article on to coaches, players and parents.
Your answers will really help me for content on future posts and resources to help parents, coaches and young rugby players.
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