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How One Coach Helped a Perfectionist Athlete

By Patrick Cohn, The Ultimate Sports Parent, 10/22/19, 4:00PM CDT


Nearly every athlete struggles with some form of perfectionism or fear of failure.

Richard Burke, who has been coaching baseball, football and basketball for the last 12 years, recently told us how he used our Ultimate Sports Parent program to help a perfectionist pitcher.

 “I had a 10-year-old pitcher playing on an 11-year-old travel team. He was doing really well, but once I got to know him I found out he was very much a perfectionist,” Burke said.

“From time to time he would show signs of frustration, and one time in particular he wasn’t quite himself, and he was getting frustrated, and one of his pitches got hit and he had a complete meltdown.”

His reaction was typical for a young perfectionist athlete…