“It’s a chicken and egg thing.” That’s the way confidence was explained to me once.
Which comes first? Is a particular athlete confident because they played well, or did they play well because they were confident? The answer differs from athlete to athlete, of course. And with young athletes, the level – or the existence – of confidence can differ from day to day.
Ask most players when they are confident on the field, and the answer will be “When I play well.” Okay, now ask them for reasons why they play well, and they will say, “When I am confident.”