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Your job as a basketball coach is to be supportive and enthusiastic, always praising and encouraging your team to build their confidence. Self-confidence is a gift that lasts for years and impacts how kids approach life away from the basketball court. Use these coaching tips for boosting players’ confidence:

  • When providing feedback, use the “sandwich” method: Place a critical remark between two encouraging comments.

  • Reinforce that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Even the pros make mistakes every game.

  • Give kids high-fives and pats on the back so they know that their efforts are appreciated.

  • Set realistic goals so the kids can gain a real sense of satisfaction upon reaching them.

  • Maintain positive body language. Never allow your tone or body language to reveal disappointment in a child’s performance or ability.

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