Motivation in youth sports is not an exact science; trying to figure out what works with each child athlete is more like an art form.
It’s trial and error–a learning process for parents as much as it is for kids because every child is different and every child responds differently to motivational tactics.
But before you start looking for ways to help your child get motivated in sports, consider this: Are you keeping the big picture in mind? If your objective is to help your child work hard so he or she can learn physical, emotional and mental skills that will stick with him or her for life, then read this post I wrote for Coachup yesterday about how to avoid short-term motivators, because quite honestly, they will not work produce long-term results in or out of the game. Read on.
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Dwayne Harrison says
My son and I love the same sport, so it’s never been a problem getting him motivated. If anything, I’m the one who needs motivating, especially when my son is in the mood to play. My wife often finds it amusing. Haha
Jacob Koshy says
I really enjoy your posts, as usual a very detailed and fine article, i can’t agree more with each and every point that you’ve mentioned here. Kudos again!