Every sports coach talks about two things: writing winning training programs and developing self-confidence in their athletes.
There is no doubt that self-confidence is the cornerstone of all great sporting performances. Athletes with a strong sense of Self-Belief require very little evidence to help them create Self-Confidence, whereas athletes who lack Self-Belief require a considerable amount of time, effort and energy to help them create the Self-Confidence required to perform to the full potential in sporting competition. On the contrary, athletes with a low sense of Self-Belief, require a lot of help, support and consistent quality coaching to help them create Self-Confidence. Expert advice, ideas, innovation and inspiration for all sports coaches and team managers - from 'grass roots' through to elite and high performance levels.
Waynes coaching, thinking and teaching have influenced some of the World’s leading athletes, coaches and teams. Player A had confidence issues socially within the parameters of the formal education setting as well as practically with the team.


As an intervention to impact the dynamic of the group I separated him from his friends by splitting the team into mini-groups for training; this proved to be problematic as his quest for peer acceptance disrupted all of the groups the coaching staff was working with.
You either drive these factors through your own coaching and leadership skills or by empowering your athletes to drive these factors themselves. Confidence is vital to athletic success and a key component of mental toughness (Wann, 2013).
If I had approached this situation in a different way, I feel this player could have enhanced his confidence both socially and practically with the group.
But either way, this is what great coaching is about: creating the environment where the opportunity for success is increased.
A preparaton environment where the standards, values and attitudes are sustained by the athletes themselves is the most powerful thing in sport.
In any sport the coach plays a prominent role in facilitating the development and behaviour of individual athletes and teams (Jowett & Lavallee, 2007).


To measure the relationship between the two; Wann (2013) used an on-line questionnaire containing demographic items and nine questions targeting four areas (trait confidence, state confidence, athletic success and confidence in other areas of life).
I also adapted some of the training sessions to incorporate plays that Player A had confidence in. The mountain of evidence we presented to her soon increased her confidence to the point where she could perform on the international stage successfully”. To enhance the validity of the model, Vealey developed the Multidimensional Model of Sport-Confidence in 2002; this model conceptualises sport-confidence as being more dispositional (trait-like) or state-like across a continuum of time (Cox, 2007).



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