If there was a magic formula that could help a player increase their confidence it would be up to the parents and coaches to help deliver it. A kid’s self-confidence comes from their own belief on their ability to learn and grow on and off the ice. That inner voice is shaped by what they hear from the influential adults around them.
This is the same language that players will use as they grow older and faces more challenges later in life. This recipe comes from Richard Monette, the Managing Director for Active for Life and a sports psychologist consultant. It consists of three ingredients that are also the essential elements of creating players for life. Kids who actually are brought to the game and learn the game in a way that will make them love the game and most like get them to play hockey for life.
In hockey, coaches serve as the role of teachers. Having that same mindset of a classroom, where certain ages are taught specific things based on their development, can be beneficial in managing expectations and creating lesson plans.