Rugby 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
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. Capture some of your child’s best moments during a season of rugby and put these together in a highlight video together. It can be very helpful for a child to see themselves performing well – after all we all are our own worst critics so this could be a very useful exercise to build their self-awareness.
3. Help your child make a list of all their strengths. Together put these into a ‘Confidence CV’. Focus on their strengths on all areas of their rugby game including tactical, technical, psychological and physical elements. In the CV you may also want to list some of their biggest and smallest achievements to date. Then, when your child goes through a period when they lose some confidence, they can refer to their CV.
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 young rugby players on.
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