How to Build LaCrosse Players’ Confidence

By National Alliance for Youth Sports, Greg Bach

Part of Coaching LaCrosse For Dummies Cheat Sheet

LaCrosse, like any sport, takes an investment of time to learn to play. As a coach, the best way you can encourage players to continue to engage with the sport is by building their confidence. This is sometimes easier said than done.

Here are a few tips that may help get you started:

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

  • Reinforce the fact that making mistakes is part of learning. Even experienced lacrosse players make mistakes.

  • Give kids high fives and pats on the back — for good plays, doing their best, and displaying good sportsmanship — so that they know that their efforts are appreciated.

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

  • Maintain a positive tone of voice and positive body language during practices and games.