How to Instill Self Belief and Self Confidence in a Young Rugby Player

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How to instill self belief and self confidence in a young rugby player

Sport Psychology Tips: How to Instill Self Belief and Self Confidence in a Young Rugby Player

Having self-belief in your ability to play rugby can make a huge difference

One of the biggest difficulties for parents is how to instill self belief and self confidence in young rugby players. As a child it’s very difficult to control your thoughts and emotions because your brain is still developing. This means, as a child, it is easy to knock yourself down for the smallest of mistakes during a rugby match and difficult to pick yourself up. 


The good news is there are ways that as a parent you can help your child feel better about themselves and their rugby.

Help them understand what a confident rugby player looks like.

Firstly, your role is to work with them and encourage them to figure out what a confident mindset is. This is hugely important, playing with confidence will help your child make better decisions in games.  It will also help them make the most of competitive opportunities.


You may have noticed during a game of rugby, a child looking towards their parents for help.  It is very difficult for a parent in this case. However, with a better understanding of what confidence is they’ll be better equipped to think and plan the next steps on the pitch themselves.


Here are three tips to follow in order to help your child feel more confident: 


1.Help them set one mini goal in a game that links with playing with confidence and can help them feel a sense of fun and achievement.  This practise is likely to also help them build up an element of trust in themselves and will prevent them from constantly overthinking during a game of rugby.  An example would be to rate themselves out of 10 for how much fun they had, taking on opponents or passing creatively.


2. If your child is not the most confident person following these three steps can go a long way. At the same time, if you know of any other parents who could benefit from reading this article, I’d be more than grateful if you could pass this article on instilling self-belief in youg rugby players on.


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