What defines our attitude?
Attitude is the state of mind with which a player approaches a soccer situation
Attitude is a state of mind but is measured by a player’s behavior
A player’s attitude is POSITIVE when:
they have met the situation before
they were successful in the past
they feel fully prepared
A player’s attitude is NEGATIVE when
they are unsure about the situation
they have no relevant history of success
they feel unprepared
What influences a player’s state of mind?
- Their own unique personality
- Significant others e.g. coaches, teachers, parents, peer group
- The soccer environment e.g. do I feel capable here? Do I feel I belong here?
Signs of a Negative Attitude
-Quality of practice
-Voluntary extra work
Taken from "Building Winning Attitudes in Young Players" by Bill Beswick