By: Cindy Bristow
Provided by: Softball Excellence
Here's a question for you - Would your players consider you a Confidence Maker or a Confidence Breaker?
Uncover seven things that will help everyone better deal with (and hopefully even grow from) their mistakes.
Mistakes happen! Players are going to make mistakes in sports, and not always because they screw up. Mistakes happen for a lot of different reasons that we'll discuss in a minute but how we (as in you AND your players) handle them can make all the difference in the world. Handle them well and mistakes can turn into fascinating clues that can lead you to a higher level of performance, while handling them poorly can take you down into the abyss.
But before we look at some things we can do to try and minimize, or better handle our mistakes, let's first look at why we make them.
What Causes Us To Make Mistakes:
Now that we have our list of 6 things that can cause mistakes I think it helps us as coaches realize that there are a lot of Mistake Traps out there. With all the players it takes to field a softball team and all the Mistake Traps it's fairly likely that our players will make mistakes throughout the course of a practice, a game or a season. The important thing is to know how to handle them so everyone (you, the player and your team) can get right back on track and hopefully get better from it.
So let's look at some things we can all do to help Turn Missed-Takes into Lessons That Will Help Us Succeed:
Mistakes are a part of competition but they don't have to be the end. Recover from them by following a shot into the trees with a chip 6 inches from the hole. Follow-up that throw into the parking lot by turning a double play. Forget the walks and errors that loaded the bases and strike out the side. Mistakes are quickly forgotten when they're followed up with incredible rebounds.
Be the source for those rebounds by being a confidence reminder, confidence builder, and confidence supplier. Players don't come to you in the form you ultimately want them to be - that's your job as a coach - to shape them into what they are capable of being, even if they can't see it, don't believe it or don't even think it's possible! As we start an exciting new season let's all work to be confidence makers instead of confidence breakers so we can help our young athletes experience the joy of overcoming their mistakes on their way to playing championship softball!