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andrewb62
Andrew Beaven said:

Hi Mike
Thanks for this - there is so much that I think can be transferred to team sports.

The Confidence Paradox
Paddy Upton, in ‘Coaching the Mental Game’ (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/coaching-mental-game) defines self esteem as a “...deeper and more permanently ingrained mental condition characterised by knowing that ‘I’m okay’ and ‘I can do this’.”
Whilst confidence can be fleeting; self esteem is “...is a consistent mental position [that can help] athletes to consistently access ideal mental states for performance.” So he advocates helping the player to develop self esteeem over self confidence; perhaps, working with junior players, the coach’s challenge is to avoid beating that self esteem out of his charges in the first place?

Coaching moments
I love the concept of “Seizing a coaching moment”. It’s something I don’t always do well in 1-2-1 coaching situations - I can get caught up in my ‘silence’ mode, and miss the moment when a word or two might have made all the difference to the athlete.

In the context of a junior football match, perhaps this is something that can be delegated to parents? If the coach has asked his or her players to make more adventurous runs with the ball under control, for example, an affirmative call from the touchline, even (especially) if the move doesn’t come off, can inspire the player to try again.

Scripts
Dan Abrahams promotes the use of ‘performance scripts’ in football to support what he terms ‘mastery goals’, focussing on behaviours that the players can control e.g. “Take players on — be brave” or “Keep my head up — Stay alert”.

Dan’s book “Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team” is really good on this subject.

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