Building Confidence with Coaching
Part of the Coaching Basketball For Dummies Cheat Sheet
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.