Confidence

Junior squash-players crave instant gratification for success!
In reality, we know it’s not always that easy! Unfortunately, for all athletes who work hard to achieve their goals, there are obstacles that must be overcome.

One of the most difficult aspects of coaching squash is the mentality of junior squash-players. Coaches must look for several fundamental factors in juniors, which includes current mental and physical ability...and of course, attitude. Once evaluated, it will be evident which areas need the most work.

There is one characteristic that outweighs all others...confidence!
In order to reach an elite level, junior squash-players must have talent, dedication and a desire to continually improve their game. While ability and work-ethic are important, the overriding attribute to a squash-player’s success is confidence. Watching a junior squash-player who has all the squash-playing ability, has put in the hard work but is unable to win due to lack of confidence...can put an early end to a promising career.

Encouraging self-confidence should be practiced both mentally and physically.
Visualization is one way to create a powerful tool, which builds an incredible feeling of success. This approach can instantly create positive vibes, especially before an important squash match in a junior squash-tournament.

Confidence comes down to the thought of success over-riding the thought of failing.
The best professional squash-players also feel pre-match nerves but they have confidence in their ability to succeed and therefore do not let this (fear of failure) become an overwhelming factor.  Squash-coaches must instill positive feelings and boost confidence in their junior squash-players. Instilling belief and confidence will override any thoughts of failure, which is paramount to success. Hours of court time unquestionably builds self-belief, having the knowledge that they have done the hard work in training and stand them in good stead for their match play. If they know they’ve worked harder than their opponent, know they've given themselves the best opportunity to improve and ultimately succeed they'll be on their way to being confident. With squash being an individual sport, it is vitally important that they build ways to create self-confidence.

If your junior squash-player can work on their confidence, then it can only bode them well to improve all aspects of their squash-game. The ability to keep pushing and striving for success against all odds, will separate the average junior squash-player from an elite squash-player.