3 Reminders on Handling Criticism From Your Coaches and Teammates
Criticism is commonplace in any sport. Players and coaches make plenty of mistakes and both are often on the receiving end of criticism.
Most of the criticism you hear from players and coaches should be in a constructive way just trying to make you a better player. Regardless, the manner in which you handle it will shape the player you become.
Here are three important reminders about how to handle criticism from players and coaches:
1. Accept it
There is rarely any use in trying to fight criticism from your teammates and coaches. Most of the time they are trying to make you a better player.
Accept what they tell you, don’t argue with them, but let your game speak for itself. If they advised you something to work on, show them you can do it.
Actions always speak louder than words. It can also make you mentally stronger if you are able to take a negative and turn it into a positive.
2. Understand that it comes with the territory
You will likely never play a game without making a mistake.
When you do make a mistake is when you will hear the most criticism. They will question why you did what you did or make comments about things you should have done differently.
Hopefully they are just trying to be helpful so it’s important to not get defensive and realize it’s a part of the game.
3. Use it to your advantage
Don’t hold grudges against whoever was criticizing, listen to what they said, and make it a positive. If they point out something you’ve done wrong, now you know exactly what your mistake was and can correct it.
Use the information they so readily gave you and then forget that it was ever criticism in the first place. Don’t lose your focus and make sure to never dwell on the criticisms as they can adversely affect your confidence.
Don’t let the criticism make you bitter, allow it make you better.
Handling Negative Criticism
While most of the time the criticism you receive from others is hopefully constructive, there is such a thing as negative criticism.
If you believe the criticism you are receiving is not constructive in any way and is just plain mean-spirited, it should not be tolerated.
If this is the case, it is important to speak with that player or coach about it immediately to make sure that it will not continue or happen to anyone else.