The dichotomy of dealing with the fear of failure - nothing motivates more, and nothing destroys more athletes than fear.
“Play with no fear but have the fear that drives you to success” is a sentiment that you should try to get across to your players.
1. Develop fearful players in practice, so players understand that hard work is the key to overcoming their fear of failure. The way to do that begins with having quality sessions that challenge, teach, and “push within reason” kids to improve, in order to build fear of the results of failure because of not working hard.
2. On the other hand, in games, create fearless players – have a fun atmosphere where kids can “be themselves,” with the ability to play without fear of coaching retribution when they do not play well.
It’s just another coaching challenge that takes careful planning.