Mental Toughness


Quite often in youth sports, we see too much emphasis placed on results and not enough placed on development. This should never occur. When we make development the primary goal, results tend to follow.

Below are three quick tips on ways to grade success in youth sports that have nothing to do with results:

  1. Enjoyment Level – If a child is enjoying playing, they are most likely developing.
  2. Personal Goals – Set realistic personal goals you wish to achieve for each match. For example, a match goal could be to successfully complete 10 passes.
  3. Performance – Did your team play well for their level despite the result?

There are often people who will give their opinion on how you have played. And this is great as long as long as their opinion is constructive and positive. We as players must keep in mind that there are so many positives to be gained even from losing. This is often the very best way to learn.

KEY POINT – Even when you lose, learn how to flip everything into a win. Be mentally tough!