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 different from our children. Our kids are generally more fearless and it’s important to ask our children about their perspective.
  • How our energy, as adults, affects their play.
  • What one question is important to ask your athlete? And
    the impact he would like Switching the Field to have in youth soccer

“There are a lot of stressed people in something that shouldn’t be so stressful.”

Zac Ludwig

BIO:

Zac began coaching while still a player, which is when he realized that coaching soccer is something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Zac has coached all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. He has served as a director or in a leadership role in organizations across the country and at various levels, including recreational soccer, high school, club, college, semi-professional, and in international competition.

After spending 10 years coaching, Zac realized that many clubs and organizations were struggling with similar obstacles and longed for an accessible, clear, and viable means of help. He and his team provide soccer club mentoring to help organizations reach their goals and fulfill their unique purposes.

Zac holds a US Soccer Instructor License, US Soccer A-Youth License, US Soccer National Youth License, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Youth Club Administrator Certificate, and USYS TOPSoccer certification. He also serves as an instructor for various US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches coaching courses.

Links & References:

Follow these links to Zac’s resources.

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CONTINUE THE HUDDLE

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