Parents should not only teach good decision-making habits and strategies, but also help their athletes feel confident about making tough decisions.
It’s challenge for parents & coaches to find a balance between helping athletes develop decision-making skills while also ensuring that they find success.
When we talk about decision-making with young athletes, it’s with the understanding that not every decision is going to be the right one.
Creating a space that encourages the development of an essential life skill like decision-making should be a top priority for the coaches of youth athletes.
Decision-Making 101 It’s well known that today’s teens are oriented towards ‘the now’ and tend to be more reactionary than judicious when it comes to decision-making. Scientists have discovered that a human brain reaches maximum size during the teenage years (ages 12 -14), yet development of the brain continues for approximately ten more years. What…