Podcast

Episode #30 – Faith and Sports: Putting Your Faith First

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: In today’s huddle, I talk with Coach Donnie Bostwick, who has made a remarkable rise in the basketball-coaching world. His track record of winning is truly astounding, but what Donnie tells us is that without God absolutely none of it would have been possible. If you have questions about how faith and sports can come together, listen in! Coach Bostwick shares his experience with us and why he always puts his faith first. Coach Bostwick and I discuss… Where he came from, how he was raised and how the example of his father’s work ethic impacted him. How his Mother’s faith influenced their family and many others. His path as an athlete (winning a national championship as senior in college) and his journey as a coach (winning a national championship as a coach). How his college coaching journey, on a high note, contrasts…

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Episode #29 – Why Should We Trust Kids to Lead Youth Sports?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Let’s imagine all the adults involved in youth sports took a big step back and let the kids take the lead. How do you think the current youth sports culture might change? In today’s huddle, I talk with Zac Ludwig, founder of Switching the Field, about trusting our kids and putting aside our adult anxiety and worries to experience the joy of youth sports again. Zac and I discuss… His journey as an athlete and as a coach, from three-year-olds to semi-professional and about his company, Switching the Field. What influenced him to want to create a better environment for youth sports, especially in youth soceer. How often times there is a disconnect between the parents and the coaches because what the coach is concerned about may not be the same thing the parent is concerned with. How our brains, as adults, are…

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Episode #28: Before You Yell at That Official, Get to Know One

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: “You should check your phone for messages, you’ve been missing calls all night,” someone yells from crowd. This is one of the more humorous quips heard from the stands, but often what the crowd yells is not so funny and can turn ugly. In today’s 15-minute huddle, I talk with Craig Kibbe, High School basketball and football official, about what it’s really like to be an official and how parents can partner with officials to create a great environment for youth sports. Craig and I discuss… How he got started and why he loves being an official. What happens when newer officials start out officiating younger athletes. How to recognize the commonalities between parents and officials. The process of becoming an official and what they invest in their profession. The sticky note approach to sports parenting. How to see the officials as “on…

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Episode #27 – How Can Your Wrestler Avoid Burnout in the 3rd period?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Spitting, sweating and starving a wrestler to make weight is not a healthy nutrition plan. So on today’s huddle, I talk with Jackie Slomin, Registered Dietitian, who specializes in nutrition for wrestlers. Jackie and I talk about… How Jackie became interested in nutrition and why she specializes in nutrition for wrestlers. How she approaches nutrition/making weight for wrestlers and how her approach is different from the traditional approach. Jackie shares how important carbs are to their performance on and off the mat. Why she doesn’t believe young wrestlers should be cutting weight. Her advice/tips for sports moms of a younger wrestler and also high school wrestlers as they navigate nutrition with their wrestlers. BIO: Jackie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on a mission to make sure people feel confident and happy about their food and bodies by providing a science-driven approach to nutrition…

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Episode #26 – Why Nate Robinson Wants You to Slam It In The Bag!

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Let’s be honest. Does your athlete stink? No, not at their sport. But do they have a sports bag that you kindly ask them to leave in the garage? The struggle is real, right?! On today’s episode I take to NBA great, Nate Robinson, who played college basketball for the University of Washington, was the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA draft, played for numerous NBA teams and is a three-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate and I talk about… His mental health journey in professional sports and why it’s important to be true to who you are. What advice he would give his younger self. The influence his amazing Mom had on him growing up and still to this day. His new product, Slam It In the Bag, and how important it is to kill bacteria in our sports bags BIO: Nate’s…

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Episode #25: Raw Truths From a Sports Moms & Olympic Gold Medalist

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Our Raw Truths…isn’t that really what connects us? In today’s huddle, I talk with Samantha Arsenault Livingstone, who is married to her best friend, mama to 4 amazing kiddos, an Olympic gold medalist, a coach, transformational speaker & as she puts it “survivor of so many things”: Samantha shares how a perfect storm of emotions almost her to almost quit swimming (at just 14 years old) and how a moment in the car with her Mom helped her. Samantha takes into the situation that created huge internal conflict for her and how it showed up in her swimming and in her behavior. We discuss why asking questions, with curiosity instead of an intent to fix, is the best way to communicate with our kiddos. She talks candidly about almost losing her daughter and how it cracked her wide open and forced her to…

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Episode #24: 6 Ways for Parents to Give Coaches Great Feedback

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: If your athlete’s coach calls a parent meeting, what do you expect to hear from them? What do you think they would like to hear from you? On today’s episode we talk to JP Nerbun (founder of Thrive On Challenge, speaker, writer, culture coach and menttor) about the athlete/coach/parent relationship and what we can ALL do to support each other. J.P. share his journey as an athlete, coach and now as the founder of Thrive On Challenge and author of the book, Calling Up: Discovering Your Journey to Transformational Leadership J.P. talks about how reading Calling Up provides principles that parents can do with their athlete. J.P talks about the mistakes he made as a coach because he didn’t engage the parents. We discuss the Six Ways for Parents to Give Coaches Great Feedback J.P. talks about “magical feedback”…what it is and what…

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Episode #23 – Where Can I Find Information About My Athlete’s Coach?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today’s Topic: If the coach/athlete relationship is one of the greatest predictors of a good sports experience for the athlete, what are we doing to help parents find great coaches and to help great coaches be indentified? What if there was a social media platform that empowered you to understand more about who is coaching your athlete and you were be able to give and get feedback in real time? Here’s what Bill Kerig, founder of Great Coach, shares with us on today’s episode: Bill shares his background in sports, business and coaching and how his background led to the creation of Great Coach. We talk about what Great Coach, how to use it and why it’s so important. Bill discusses how Great Coach addresses the need for transparency in coaching so that abuse can’t be hidden anymore. We talk about how we…

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Episode #21 – Youth Athletes: Building Confidence While Building Their Basketball Website

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today, I am joined by two student-athletes, Myke Connolly, Jr. and Aidan Connolly, who at just 12 and 10 years old are creating a youth basketball website to connect players to teams and teams to players. Their Sports Dad, Mychal, also joins us and we talk about how learning on the basketball court, for these two brothers, is translating to learning in the bigger game of life. Bios: Mychal Jr. aka Big Myke loves basketball. He is the starting PF for both his CYO & AAU team. He loves NBA 2K and Fortnite. He wants to be a CEO of his own company in the future. Aidan aka Flash loves basketball as well. He is a starting SG for his CYO team and sixth man for his AAU team. He plays two age brackets higher for AAU. Aidan’s Goal is to be a…

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Episode #20 – Thank You, Sports Mom! with Peter & Sheryl Schwartz

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   “Thank you, Sports Mom!” We all know sports moms are truly the heartbeat of youth sports and so it’s time to say thank you and to celebrate all that you do.   I’m joined by Peter and Sheryl Schwartz. Peter wrote a blog post for USA Football titled, “Why My Sons Have a Special Sports Mom.”   Why Peter wrote the post and how he recognized how much Sheryl does to support their sons in their sports.   Sheryl’s tips to keep her son’s uniforms clean and white.   What Sheryl loves most about being a sports moms and the community and family that forms when your kids are in sports.   Peter shares what he loves most about Sheryl and why she deserves Sports Mom of the Year.   Links & References:   You can read Peter’s blog post: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6153/why-my-sons-have-a-special-football-mom  …

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