Jan. 4, 2021

Why Mistakes Are Good

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Mistakes and failure will always happen when your juniors are playing hard. They need to be encouraged as making mistakes through effort are a critical part of personal development.

Coach: Positive Coaching Alliance, better athletes, better people.
Bio:Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. 

Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact.

Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching 19.2 million youth.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies.

Birthplace: N/A
Residency:Mountain View, CA, USA

Link: Positive Coaching Alliance

Length: 1 min 37 sec
Theme: Strategy


Mistakes are good. That's a crazy thought.

From the time that we're babies were taught the mistakes are bad. I would advance that an important part of the development of a child. It shows where they need to focus. And specifically when we're talking about kids, and we're talking about sports in general, mistakes allow us to grow. It gives us a touchpoint to figure out what we need to get better at.

Specifically, we're talking about mistakes through effort. We're not talking about mistakes through timid play, through being scared. Did you try that shot? Did you try that angle? Were you playing aggressively? Mistakes will happen if you're playing hard. Failure will happen if you're playing hard. And it's important to encourage that with our kids. We don't want to have them feel like a mistake, we'll make things negative for them with their parents, that they will become upset at them that they will be shamed for that. Encourage them to try new things and to do things. If you're lifting weights, and your muscles don't get tired, then you probably didn't do anything that day. It's important to think about that more when we're encouraging our kids. And then knowing that mistakes again are a great touchpoint for how those kids are developing. There's a quote that says: 'what you see is based on what you look for'. So are you looking for the mistake? Are you looking for your kid actually putting forth the effort to become a better player?