Everyone knows that winning is more fun than losing. But strangely enough, winning can create its own problems. One is overconfidence and being too cocky. Unless carefully handled, winning teams can become arrogant and disrespectful to teams they defeat.
There’s also a flip side to winning. Specifically, during a winning streak, most athletes not only experience the pleasure of victory but also the increased pressure not to lose. An additional danger is that if a team wins too regularly and too easily, the athletes may get bored and take their success for granted. In such cases, a focus on effort and continued improvement can provide an additional and meaningful goal to pursue.
What are some guidelines for parents’ and coaches’ post-game behavior after a win?
What are some tips for helping young athletes deal with winning?