Podcast

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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Episode #33 – Is Your Athlete At Risk For a Knee Injury?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: We buy our children all the best equipment for their sports but are we protecting their bodies in the right way if we just focus on external equipment. What about equipping their bodies to be injury free? In today’s huddle, I talk with Dr. Leslie Desrosiers, who is a doctor of physical therapy, a sports injury prevention specialist and a board-certified orthopedic specialist. We talk about ACL injuries and how to be proactive to keep an athlete’s ACL strong. Dr. Leslie and I discuss… How Dr. Leslie’s athletic background, especially when she severely injured her ankle, shaped her passion to help athletes stay as injury free as possible. Dr. Leslie recalls the exact moment, during her physical therapy training, she realized she could teach athletes to PREVENT ACL injuries. Why are female athletes may be more at risk for an ACL injury? Dr.…

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Episode #32 – Is Your Athlete Who They Want to Be or Who They Think They Should Be?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: If your child doesn’t truly love playing the game, is it time for them to find something else they really love and pursue it? In today’s huddle, Marisa & Vinny Malts, owners of Bloodline Hockey, talk with us about their approach to youth hockey and why their mission is to show kids their true potential on and off the ice and to give them the confidence to reach the goals they strive so hard to achieve. Marisa, Vinny and I discuss… What Bloodline Hockey focuses on and how they help the players achieve their personal best in their physical, mental and emotional elements of the game. What does “Life skills education” through sports really mean and why players have to understand who they are as individuals and what they really want and not just what someone wants them to be. Why communication has…

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Episode #31: Does Your Athlete Play for The Love of The Game?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: When you look at the big picture of youth sports what words immediately come to mind? How about “fun”? How about “integrity”? Are those in the top ten? In today’s huddle, I talk with, Glen Mulcahy, founder of Paradigm Sports and For the Love of the Game. Glen has over 20+ years of coaching experience with men, women, boys, and girls in multiple sports and he is on a mission to bring the game back to the kids…where it belongs. Glen and I discuss… His journey as a sports parent, a coach, founding of Paradigm Sports and the founding of For the Love of the Game. How “For the Love of the Game” became the digital extension of Paradigm Sports and creates a positive solution for coaches and parents. How For the Love of the Game is focusing on solutions instead of just…

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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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