Your child takes the mound. The winning run is at the plate. You feel your chest tighten, hands beginning to sweat, as if they are pitching in the final game of the world series. They throw their first pitch…ball one. The pitch is high and outside. You shout out to them. Hoping your words will just help them throw strikes. The windup, the pitch. Ball two. Low and outside. You shout out again.
But are you telling them what they need to hear? Is shouting out to them even the best thing you can do to help them?
If you are hoping your child is Built to Win, then spend a few minutes with peak performance coach and baseball mom (her son was drafted by the Rockies organization) Gina Parris. She is the author of the popular manual The Athlete’s Edge, which helps competitors overcome sports anxiety. Gina is also the producer of the Mental Game All Star Summit.
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