Podcast

Episode #43: Can You Emotionally Disconnect From Your Athlete’s Sports

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: if your child didn’t want to play anymore, could you happily help them hang up their uniform? Are you able to emotionally disconnect from your athlete’s sports journey? What’s the risk if you can’t? In today’s huddle, I talk with Lou Birdt about surrendering our adult agendas in youth sports and creating a better experience for our young athletes. Lou is a former professional baseball player, sports dad and founder and CEO of YSPN360.com, a company that manages one of the internet’s largest educational and instructional websites for youth sports. Lou’s mission is to empower others through the sports they play. That’s a great mission, right? You can be part of that mission, too! Listen in to learn more! Lou and I discuss… Who he is and why he started YSPN360.com Why a linear sports journey is a myth and parents should embrace…

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Episode #42: How We Bridge The Expectation Gap Between Coach and Parent

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Ever feel like the communication gap between a coach, you and your athlete is the size of the Grand Canyon? It happens. Hey, we’re emotional, complex humans, right? In today’s huddle, I talk to Ian Goldberg who is a passionate sports dad, youth sports coach and Founder of iSport360.com. Ian created an APP to get parents & coaches communicating….talking and sharing information without emotional baggage, judgment, blame, and shame. Say what? Yep, we can do it. If you don’t use this tool and you have a kid in sports who has a coach and you have to communicate with them…..turn the volume up and join us for solutions. Ian and I discuss… Who he is and why he started the company and developed this App. Why there is a disconnect between parents and coaches when communicating with the kids. Why creating an infrastructure…

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Episode #41: Do You Know Your Athlete’s Triggers?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Do you know your athlete’s triggers? What makes them anxious? Are you saying or doing things that actually hurt them when your intentions are to help? In today’s huddle, I talk with Teisha Womack, who played college basketball at Seton Hall and then professionally in Poland. She went on to get her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology and now works with athletes on improving their mental skills. Teisha and I discuss… Who she is, what she does and why she does it. How her “nervous energy” as a teenager affected her as an athlete and how, even though she did well, she struggled with the anxiety. How her brain would shut down once she reached a level that was “unknown” to her and how this might be happening to your athlete, too. How we think becomes our behavior and can lead to physical…

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Episode #40: What Type of Sports Parent are YOU?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: We have all sat by a crazy sports parent in the stands and thought “Whew..I’m glad I don’t’ act that way”. But I’m guessing if we are honest WE HAVE all acted that way a time or two. It’s easy to get caught up in our emotions. So how do we hit pause and reform those behaviors that are not serving us or our athletes? In today’s huddle, I talk with Nick Buonocore from The Reformed Sports Parent. We get real and raw about how to take a step back to assess our own behaviors and more importantly our own hearts. Nick and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Why he started The Reformed Sports Parent platform and when he realized he needed to change his own approach to sports parenting. How getting vulnerable with his…

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Episode #39: Is Your Athlete Specializing Too Early?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Can you feel it? The pressure is high. The fear of missing out is real. But what happens to your athlete when they specialize too early? In today’s huddle, I talk with Brett Klika from SPIDERfit Kids about the very real dangers of early sports specialization. Brett shares important insights with us from his extensive background working with youth athletes all the way to professional athletes. Stay with us for this one…it’s information you’ll need. Brett and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Why he started the SPIDERfit Kids movement and how his experience with young athletes all the way to professional athletes shapes everything he does. How SPIDERfit Kids empowers coaches, parents, and educators with everything they need. Why working with kids is not just babysitting, it’s so much more. The reality that organized sports…

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Episode #38: Is Yelling and Screaming at Athletes the Best Way to Coach or Parent?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Does yelling at athletes prepare them well for the world after sports? Does it really “toughen them up”? Is this the best way to coach/parent? In today’s huddle, I bring back J.P. Nerbun, a mentor, writer, coach, and sports consultant who is, most importantly, I am a husband and father. We talk about what happens when we lead with love, both as a coach and parent, and some practical ways we can change the default response from yelling and screaming to setting high standards and leading with love. JP and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Are we asking the right questions about how we coach and parent? And what are those questions we should be asking ourselves? How our brains work and how we can help our kids/athletes to use their WHOLE brain. Why we…

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Episode #37: What Happens When Your Athlete Doesn’t Eat Properly?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Did you know that food is more than just fuel for our athletes? It’s information their body uses to perform and to stay injury free. So what happens when our athlete doesn’t eat properly? In today’s huddle, I talk with a sports dietitian, Amy Dirks. Amy is a mom of two daughters playing sports and Amy herself was a D1 volleyball player at Arkansas State. She also was Sporting KC’s first sports dietitian. Amy and I discuss… Who she is, what she does and why she does it. Her food philosophy: Eat whole foods as much as possible, which means food that grows and dies. Why we are not meant to eat all the processed foods, artificial ingredients, and preservatives. Why food is not just fuel…it’s information for our body and why an athlete can’t “out supplement” a diet missing whole foods. Why…

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Episode #36: How Do We Change the Default from ME to WE in Youth Sports?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: What if our athletes were more focused on being the best FOR their team instead of the best ON their team? In today’s huddle, I talk with Dr. Rob Bell, a mental toughness coach, who believes that No One Gets There Alone (which is also the title of his latest book). We talk about what WE over ME looks like in youth sports. Dr. Bell tells us how an athlete can “get out of their own head” by serving others first. Dr. Bell and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Why he holds sports and the vehicle of sport as sacred and how we can learn so much through sports. What is the Hinge? And Rob shares his hinge moment during a triathlon and how it led to the question he asks “Would You Stop”? What…

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Episode #35: What Does Love-Powered Leadership Look Like in Sports?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: What if there were a proven Coaching & Sports-Parenting Philosophy that would help your student-athletes have more joy, passion, confidence, and success on and off the field? Would you want to hear about it? In today’s huddle, I talk with Andrew Simpson from Player’s Fitness and Performance about the love-powered leadership philosophy and it’s growing movement in youth sports. Andrew and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. What is Love-Powered Leadership? What happens when athletes lead from love, coaches coach from love and parents parent from love? How John Wooden used the principle of leading with love in his coaching (even though he didn’t put the word LOVE in the success pyramid and regretted it). Four Practical, Uncommon Ways to Increase Athlete’s Performance How to improve the parent/athlete relationship with a 30 day “Not Say Anything…

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Episode #34 – The Power of Love in The Pursuit of Excellence

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Being a sports mom is awesome and challenging all at once. We often stress out and become overwhelmed because we are focusing on things that are completely out of our control. We choose fear over love. In today’s huddle, I talk with Stacie Mahoe, who is a Sports Mama of 8 amazing kiddos and we discuss the power of love in the pursuit of excellence. This shift in focus can be a gamechanger for our athlete and for us! Stacie and I discuss… What does it really mean to ” love what you do and do what you love” FOR YOUR ATHLETE (and for you)? Burnout…is it a quality or quality issue? Why anxiousness never goes away and what love does to overcome the anxiousness and fear. When fear starts to run the show, what do we do? When we go into “survival…

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