All athletes seek that "can't miss" feeling in order to compete at the highest level of their sport. Confidence is a critical ingredient in this process and, as confidence increases, performance increases as well. Understandably, we cannot go out and buy confidence at the store. This has to be something we develop over time.
Confidence can be sustained for season long periods, but can also ebb and flow game to game and within games. Pressure situations can cause confidence lags, affect momentum, and divert goals to the highest-level athletes. Rebound from adversity is key. Why? Because confident athletes believe in themselves. They believe in their ability to acquire the necessary skills and confidence, both mentally and physically, to reach their potential.
Below, you'll find a printable list of 5 ways to build confidence that athletes can use to practice establishing and maintain their confidence level in even the most pressure-filled situations. Our recommendation? Print out the list and give a copy to each player, plus tape it to the wall in your gym so athletes can check it out whenever they need a quick reminder during practice.