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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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Episode #19 – How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s question: How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?   I’m joined by Chas Snowden. She is a professional crossfit athlete. Chas is ranked 24th in the world in her age group and is an advocate for healthy living.   How Chas approaches her journey as a crossfit athlete.   Why you have to choose to keep working and not let yourself get stuck to keep from moving backward.   Why the joy is in the journey and why you need to enjoy the little things, the days in the gym and the grind along the way.   Chas talks about her own sports mom and why it’s important for us to check in with our athletes and make sure they are experiencing joy in their athletic pursuits.   Links & References:   You can connect with Chas: https://in3nutrition.com/chasity-bio/   Chasity “Chas” Snowden…

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Episode # 18 – Can An App Find My Athlete A Scholarship?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s topics: Andrew’s journey as a professional athlete and all about his amazing Apps.   I’m joined by Andrew Fair. He is a professional basketball player, creator of YouthKinect and HoopKinect Apps, Author and an all-around awesome guy!   Andrew’s journey to becoming a professional athlete after suffering an injury.   How traveling for his career broadened his horizons and taught him about hard work.   How Andrew started his YouthKinect App and how the App helps high schoolers find scholarships for college.   HoopKinect App’s development and how it helps athletes find agents and teams.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: www.thehoopkinect.com, YouthKinect in App Store When a Son Knows His Mother’s Heart   My name is Andrew Fair, 2012 Business Management graduate from the University of St. Francis, founder of YouthKinect, and current professional basketball player.…

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Episode #17 – How Do I Build My Athlete’s Confidence?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How do I build my athlete’s confidence?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Jenn. She’s going to share with us how she helps teen athletes build the tools, the team, and the toughness to win in school, sports and life.   What it means to be “confident” and what you should strive for.   The three elements you need to build confidence and belief: Courage, Consistency, and Confidence   The two elements of belief and emotion and how they play into confidence.   How goal, community and team, and habits can help your child enjoy their athletic journey.   Links & References:   You can connect with Coach Jenn: jenn@jennstarkey.com A League Of Your Own: Leadership Lessons with All-Star Athletes Who Want YOU to WIN in Sports, School and Life!   While competing as a Division…

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Episode #16 – How Can I Talk To My Athletes About Their FEAR?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: When we feel fear (as an athlete, especially as a female athlete), what we do with that emotion of FEAR? Especially when we don’t want to admit it because we feel like it makes us look weak?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Christen Schnefaus who speaks all over the country to athletes, parents, and coaches about Handling Fear. We discuss how fear works in our minds and how to be there for your female athlete.   How to get rid of the “tap dancer” and get real with your feelings.   The way fear undermines our confidence.   Why sharing our fears and doubts is important and how you can encourage those conversations with your athletes.   How to build a good relationship with your teenage athlete and some tips to encourage an open relationship.…

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