Athlete Expectations & Sport Performance
Athletes often set expectations on how they will perform in competition. These expectations could be based off of their past results, competitor match ups, environment, and in many cases, what they hear from other people.
Below are 3 examples of how coaches and parents can help set the right expectations for anxious athletes.
The second column [Coach] shows 3 examples of how coaches can reinforce small goals to the athlete to calm the athlete and center their focus on things that are easier to control but critical to peak performance.
The third column [Parent] shows 3 positive responses to athletes. Notice how every response avoids giving tips of instructional feedback on how they should perform. In fact, each example shows the parent avoiding feedback related to expectations and instead focuses on positive emotional support. This helps the athlete to focus on him or herself more easily and increase the likelihood of success.