Helping Young Hockey Players Stay Confident

Overcoming Momentum Changes in Hockey

Do you play hockey and occasionally you lose your confidence?

In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Matt who wants to know how to help his young hockey goalie build confidence and competitiveness.

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Matt wrote in and said:

“My son is a 14 year old hockey goalie. He plays at a high level. He’s trained by professionals and is considered one of the tip goalies in our area. He suffers from sporadic confidence issues in games. I would like some guidance on helping build his confidence and competitiveness. He is also a shy child so the confidence will help overall. Thanks.”

This week, Dr. Cohn talks about:

How to stabilize that confidence or keep it on a steady state instead of being on the confidence roller coaster.
Young athletes tend to ride the confidence roller coaster because they allow mistakes, or they allow teammates or they allow officials or maybe they let in bad goals, they allow that to submarine confidence…

You don’t want your athletes on the confidence roller coaster or have fragile confidence, you want them to have stable or long term confidence.

What should you do to help your young athlete stay confident during momentum changes?

Watch the video below to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn gives to young athletes for staying confident in games:

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