You see, the Jones family means well.
Little Jones loves the game.
And while he's not the best on his team, there are moments when he puts it all together and is really great.
He says that he wants to play soccer in college or go pro someday, and while that's too far off to think about, his parents want to give him every opportunity to reach his goals, whatever that might be.
The problem is that his smooth, quick, carefree movements that he shows at home and at practice hasn't been there on gameday.
Hesitation on the field.
Mistimed tackles. Over-hit cross.
Playing careful to avoid mistakes.
And is often intimidated by the opponent and has bad body after any poor moment.
And this happens time and time again.
Dad thinks "If only he trust the work he's put in during practice, things would be so much better."
And on the car ride home, Dad really gets on a roll.
He doesn't yell...but he's not exactly calm either.
"What were you doing out there?"
"Just be aggressive"
"You know that thing you worked on in practice? You didn't do that at all today."
And so is everyone else in the car.
Now, back to the real world...
...and I'll be honest with you, me and my son have been just like the Jones family.
But I finally decided that I didn't want this to be our experience.
I wanted my kid to give HIMSELF a chance to succeed, and see what he can do.
And I certainly don't want our youth sport experience (which should be peak family bonding right?) to be filled with such tension.
So I looked into options.
I read books.
I called on the best minds I could get a hold of.
And I found fantastic news.
There are ACTUALLY steps and strategies that players can use to combat their nerves and play their best - in any sport.
There is a way to become the Lovejoy's.