First, don’t be getting hopes that your daughter will be the next Wimbledon champion or your son will be buying you a house with his first round draft pic earnings any time soon.
Or even that they will be automatically the star on their soccer or swim team.
But…you can improve their mental and physical skills dramatically very quickly and best of all they will have a great time doing it.
How you ask?
Simple. Let them use their imagination.
And one of the best ways to do this is to use props. A simple prop like a mask will work wonders to get kids to image they are incredible athletes.
Any mask will do. I recommend something simple like a Lone Ranger type of mask.
A little bit of anonymity and creative play goes a long way to becoming a superstar. No long constrained by the real world, they can let their imagination take over…
- Run faster
- Play aggressive
- Gain confidence
- Improve game awareness
Give it a try. Put a mask on them (you might want to get two so you have one too) and play catch or kick. Notice how they will be laughing and having a grand time.
Masks can work with older kids too. I would love to try it with a U12 team to improve every aspect of their game.
True, it’s a bit out of the box and it might take some convincing. But if your son or daughter is playing with a lack of confidence in their sport, give it a try.
Coach Ron Usher