13 Sep Positive Coaching Alliance: Getting confidence from coaches, teammates and parents
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
Tony DiCicco, the U.S. Soccer women’s national team head coach during the 1999 World Cup championship, explains that the “mental part of sports, whether it’s youth or senior elite players – is so critical.”
“It starts with confidence,” DiCicco continued. “It’s an inside job, if you will. Confidence can be assisted by teammates, coaches and parents.”
DiCicco also stressed the importance of players becoming mentally tough and being able to respond appropriately when they face adversity. He used the 2015 U.S. Soccer women’s national team as an example, which came together as a team to endure a rough stretch of games of not playing up to their standards. Ultimately, because they were mentally tough and unified, they became World Cup champions.
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