Nerves are a part of everyday life, so there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t exist in the world of sports – at every level.
This is especially true the morning of the first game for any youth athlete, where they venture into the unknown and start wondering if they’re ready.
Countless kids wake up on game day with an upset stomach. Not literally upset, but just the fluttering that comes with butterflies. It’s the same feeling most kids have on the first day of school, usually along with their parents.
So, how do we get rid of the butterflies? We can’t. However, we can tame them.
Game day is stressful enough without all the butterflies, but they’re unfortunately inevitable. However, like anything in life, if you expect the nerves and plan how to face them then it’ll be a smoother process getting past them.
Jon Buzby has been involved in and writing about youth sports for the past 30 years with perspectives as a parent, coach and board member. Jon is an award-winning writer and his latest book, “Coaching Kids Made Easier,” is available on Amazon. Send comments or future blog topics you'd like to see to JonBuzby@hotmail.com and follow him @YouthSportsBuzz on Twitter.