Calming Game Day Nerves
Taylor Smith, member of the PCA Leadership Council, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has coached his own children, as well as counseled many youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a mental health professional Taylor sees how beneficial PCA can be to kids, coaches and parents.
In this clip, Smith advises coaches on dealing with athlete nerves when competing in a game. It's important that before a game, athletes are "in the zone." This might mean playing a warm up song, or getting them excited with a pre-game speech. He also gives these tips for dealing with mid-game nerves:
- Tell a joke
- Loosen them up by taking pressure off their shoulders
- Show them you care by noticing when they are off their game.