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The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Changing the Game Project and hosted by Changing the Game founder John O'Sullivan. Each week we connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

Way of Champions Podcast John O'Sullivan

    • Soccer
    • 4.8 • 190 Ratings

The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Changing the Game Project and hosted by Changing the Game founder John O'Sullivan. Each week we connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

    How Elite Athletes Are Made with Dr Mark Williams, Author of The Best

    How Elite Athletes Are Made with Dr Mark Williams, Author of The Best

    Listen on the web, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher
    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Dr. Mark Williams. Dr. Williams is an academic and one of the world's leading authorities on expertise and its acquisition in sport. We dive into many great topics from his book The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made, including The difference between performance and learning, how to teach decision making for athletes, and early speacialization versus early engagement.
    Dr. Williams has published 18 books and written over 500 scientific articles on how people become skilled and achieve success in sport and across other professional domains. He has worked across the globe as a consultant with numerous Olympic and professional sports and has vast experience as a scientist, author and educator, and as an applied sports scientist.
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    The driving force to writing The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made The difference between performance and learning How do we incorporate getting feedback as coaches? The importance of the role of "vision" in an athlete's performance What are some ways to teach decision making for athletes? Dr. Williams explains the "challenge point" and how to approach it How to create situations at practice to help develop individual athletes Early Speacialization versus Early Engagement More about The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made
    THE BEST deconstructs the myths, like the notion that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to make it to the top, and explores the hidden power of the mind to reveal how athletes really think and process information during high octane competition. it gets inside the minds of champions, deconstructing what athletes see during matches and explaining how they do what they do.Drawing on examples and lessons from throughout the sporting world, this is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be the best.
    The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Sports Refund. When kids sign up to play youth sports there are always fees involved. And parents pay those fees so their child can be on the team, not the injury report. That’s why I love Sports Refund, and parents will too. Sports Refund is low-cost sports fee insurance – NOT health insurance, sports fee insurance. So if your child becomes injured or sick and can’t play, you get your fees reimbursed for that lost time, from one game to an entire season. It’s that simple. This product not only saves families wasted fees, it saves injured athletes the stress of feeling like they’re wasting their parents’ money. The fees come back until the player comes back. So they can focus on fully recovering and making a healthy return to the game. Sports Refund has options for individuals and organizations. Ask your club if they offer it, or visit SportsRefund.com/Game to learn more and sign up today. That’s SportsRefund.com/Game. Can’t Play? Don’t Pay. With Sports Refund.
    Help Support the Podcast!Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a p

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #195 Paul Goodman, 3x Stanley Cup Champ Strength Coach, on the Intersection of Movement, Strength, and Psychology

    #195 Paul Goodman, 3x Stanley Cup Champ Strength Coach, on the Intersection of Movement, Strength, and Psychology

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Paul Goodman, 3x Stanley Cup Champ Strength Coach. Paul has worked with a wide range of professional athletes, is a well known speaker on functional movement and sport performance, and is currently working on his PhD in Performance Psychology. Paul and I have been friends for many years and our conversation dives deep into not just the body and the mind, but how those two things work together. This is a great episodes full of practical information that you will be able to use right away! Visit https://goodmanelite.com/ and on Instagram at @goodmanelite.
    The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Sports Refund.
    When kids sign up to play youth sports there are always fees involved. And parents pay those fees so their child can be on the team, not the injury report. That’s why I love Sports Refund, and parents will too. Sports Refund is low-cost sports fee insurance – NOT health insurance, sports fee insurance. So if your child becomes injured or sick and can’t play, you get your fees reimbursed for that lost time, from one game to an entire season. It’s that simple. This product not only saves families wasted fees, it saves injured athletes the stress of feeling like they’re wasting their parents’ money. The fees come back until the player comes back. So they can focus on fully recovering and making a healthy return to the game. Sports Refund has options for individuals and organizations. Ask your club if they offer it, or visit SportsRefund.com/Game to learn more and sign up today. That’s SportsRefund.com/Game. Can’t Play? Don’t Pay. With Sports Refund.
    More about Paul Goodman Paul was born and raised in New Jersey and got his first exposure to strength and conditioning as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Football Team while earning his Bachelor of Science - winning two Rose Bowl Championships during his tenure. Paul then went on to earn his first master’s degree at UW while Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for multiple sports: Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey, Volleyball, Wrestling & Women’s Tennis.  Served as Director and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Adjunct professor for University of Vermont 2002-08. Paul has recently co-authored the Human Kinetics book “Hockey Anatomy” and was published in “The Physician and Sports Medicine” (November 2018). The use of an intensive physical exertion test as a final return to play measure in concussed athletes: A prospective cohort. Goodman has trained an extensive list of high profile clients and teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, USA Women’s Hockey, Columbus Chill ECHL, Canadian National Lacrosse - U-19, and NHL, IHL, AHL, European players, NFL, MLB, and Olympic Athletes and has extensive experience as a national speaker on topics of Strength & Conditioning
    Highlights from the Podcast: Paul discusses his journey to becoming a3x Stanley Cup Champ Strength Coach  What does a good strength and conditioning program look like? How does focusing on recovery help an athlete excel? The importance of meeting an athlete where they are at in the gym First, you have to get the athletes to trust you... How do you get buy-in from the athletes? Getting a PhD in Performance Psychology Strength and Conditioning in Youth Sports Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before rele

    • 1 hr 20 min
    How to Support Your Athlete's Mental Health: A Fireside Chat with John and Jerry

    How to Support Your Athlete's Mental Health: A Fireside Chat with John and Jerry

    This week John and Jerry host a fireside chat to discuss the mental health and well being of our athletes. For many kids, this month brings a close to their Fall sports season, and with many winter sports shut down (wrestling, basketball) many of our athletes may be experiencing more social isolation than ever before. We have been told by many parents that if it were not for sports this summer and fall, their son or daughter would have really been struggling. A University of Wisconsin study in May found that 65% of young athletes were experiencing anxiety symptoms, and 68% were experiencing depression. Physical activity levels have dropped 50% at the same time. The mental health and well being of our athletes has never been more at risk, and coaches and parents can make a difference. We give you specific things to look for, and specific tools to have the conversations with our kids and their parents that can make a difference.
    If you are a coach or parent, keep checking in with your athletes and make sure they are doing OK. Coaches, take some time to have a Zoom call or a one on one meeting with them. Keep connecting, and be aware of any alarming signs. Our children really need us now, and I am concerned about what the next few months have in store in terms of a return to lockdowns due to the spread of COVID (already happening in some countries and states). You are doing your most important work EVER right now, and likely it has very little to do with sports!
    The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Sports Refund. When kids sign up to play youth sports there are always fees involved. And parents pay those fees so their child can be on the team, not the injury report. That’s why I love Sports Refund, and parents will too. Sports Refund is low-cost sports fee insurance – NOT health insurance, sports fee insurance. So if your child becomes injured or sick and can’t play, you get your fees reimbursed for that lost time, from one game to an entire season. It’s that simple. This product not only saves families wasted fees, it saves injured athletes the stress of feeling like they’re wasting their parents’ money. The fees come back until the player comes back. So they can focus on fully recovering and making a healthy return to the game. Sports Refund has options for individuals and organizations. Ask your club if they offer it, or visit SportsRefund.com/Game to learn more and sign up today. That’s SportsRefund.com/Game. Can’t Play? Don’t Pay. With Sports Refund.
    Highlights from the Podcast:
    Jerry shares about his time serving in the military
     "The Power of Love" vs the "Love of Power"
    How to help kids during the pandemic
    Preparing for the “Invisible Competitor"
    "Earn the respect of those you resect and forget about everyone else."
    Clearing up the point of sport psychology professionals
    The value of listening to our athletes 
    “Feeling is function.” - Jerry Lynch
    Looking for changes in your athletes to help save them from quitting
    How sports helped Jerry as a child
    Help Support the Podcast!
    Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month

    • 1 hr 11 min
    3 Words That Will Help You Build a Stronger Team with Travis Thomas of "Live Yes And”

    3 Words That Will Help You Build a Stronger Team with Travis Thomas of "Live Yes And”

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Travis Thomas. Travis Thomas is a best-selling author, well-known speaker, and the creator of LiveYesAnd.com. He currently works with US Soccer teaching leadership and culture to some of the best soccer player sin the world. During our time together, we dive into Travis’ journey to creating LiveYesAnd.com, using improv to help athletes perform better, and what it is like working with US Soccer.
    Thomas started “Live Yes, And!” to help individuals, teams, and companies discover their inner brilliance through a commitment to purpose, authenticity and collaboration. For more than two years, Thomas served as a leadership coach at IMG Academy where he worked with youth, collegiate and professional athletes from all over the world and all different sports. He used the games and exercises of improvisation, combined with personal development ideas, to teach mindset, teamwork, character and collaboration. For the last four years, Thomas has been traveling around the world to work with companies, schools and sports teams, and has presented to companies like AIG, Johnson & Johnson, and Citigroup and for sports teams including the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and Georgia Football.
    The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Sports Refund. When kids sign up to play youth sports there are always fees involved. And parents pay those fees so their child can be on the team, not the injury report. That’s why I love Sports Refund, and parents will too. Sports Refund is low-cost sports fee insurance – NOT health insurance, sports fee insurance. So if your child becomes injured or sick and can’t play, you get your fees reimbursed for that lost time, from one game to an entire season. It’s that simple. This product not only saves families wasted fees, it saves injured athletes the stress of feeling like they’re wasting their parents’ money. The fees come back until the player comes back. So they can focus on fully recovering and making a healthy return to the game. Sports Refund has options for individuals and organizations. Ask your club if they offer it, or visit SportsRefund.com/Game to learn more and sign up today. That’s SportsRefund.com/Game. Can’t Play? Don’t Pay. With Sports Refund.
    Highlights from the Podcast: Travis talks about his journey to creating LiveYesAnd.com
    What is “Yes, And”?
    How using improv comedy can make athletes better teammates
    What was the best part about working at IMG in leadership development?
    Travis shares a story of an NFL quarterback using memories to change emotional state
    What it’s like working with US Soccer
    How does the character of a coach effect their ability to effectively coach?
    Check out Travis’s book "3 Words for Getting Unstuck"
    Connect with Travis: On LinkedIn
    On Instagram
    On Twitter
     
    Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month
    A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron.
    Access to an online community of co

    • 1 hr 6 min
    To Gain Control You Give up Control" with 8x NCAA Champion Hockey Coach Bill Beaney

    To Gain Control You Give up Control" with 8x NCAA Champion Hockey Coach Bill Beaney

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Bill Beaney, 8x NCAA Champion Hockey Coach. Coach Beaney has coached hockey teams in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and has been the head coach at Middlebury since 1986. He led the Middlebury hockey team to eight NCAA Division III men's ice hockey championships from 1995 to 2006 and ranks 11th all-time among college men's ice hockey coaches with 543 wins.
    The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Sports Refund. When kids sign up to play youth sports there are always fees involved. And parents pay those fees so their child can be on the team, not the injury report. That’s why I love Sports Refund, and parents will too. Sports Refund is low-cost sports fee insurance – NOT health insurance, sports fee insurance. So if your child becomes injured or sick and can’t play, you get your fees reimbursed for that lost time, from one game to an entire season. It’s that simple. This product not only saves families wasted fees, it saves injured athletes the stress of feeling like they’re wasting their parents’ money. The fees come back until the player comes back. So they can focus on fully recovering and making a healthy return to the game. Sports Refund has options for individuals and organizations. Ask your club if they offer it, or visit SportsRefund.com/Game to learn more and sign up today. That’s SportsRefund.com/Game. Can’t Play? Don’t Pay. With Sports Refund.
    Highlights from the Podcast: Coach Beaney’s coaching journey Why is it important to change things up when things are going well? What is one of the best ways to find player success? How does coaching soccer and ice hockey make someone a better coach in both sports? How important is sharing ideas and communicating with players? Youth Sports and what is missing to make more athletes successful The importance of letting players experiment to help them fall in love with the game Developing leaders and inspiring athletes at a young age Have kids really changed? How to get players excited about practice and allow them to keep each other accountable  
    Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How Belgium went from #66 to #1 in The World Rankings with Belgian FA Director of Coach Education, Kris Van Der Haegen (replay)

    How Belgium went from #66 to #1 in The World Rankings with Belgian FA Director of Coach Education, Kris Van Der Haegen (replay)

    This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we share with you a replay of an interview we did back in 2018 with Kris Van Der Haegen, Belgian FA Director of Coach Education. In 2009, Belgium was #66 on the FIFA World Rankings. They made a few changes and rocketed to #1 in six short years. What did they change? What is their secret? Belgian FA Director of Coach Education, Kris Van der Haegen, shares his secrets on this replay Way of Champions Podcast.
    About Kris Van Der Haegen Kris van der Haegen is Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association. A former high school teacher who speaks countless languages, and a member of the UEFA Jira Panel, Kris has been one of the main architects of the elevation of Belgian football to unheard-of levels of quality in recent years. Kris enjoys talking about how to make football better, especially for children and young people, yet he has also extensive experience coaching at the top level. he is currently an assistant coach with the Belgian Women’s National Team.
    Highlights from the Podcast: Crashing out of the 2000 European Championship was the wake-up call for Belgium
    Creation of the Vision of Youth Development
    The use of “multi-moves” training to prepare children for every sport
    Who is in front me?
    Training sessions must have opponents because the game has opponents
    No standings, no substitutions on the fly, every player must play at least 50%
    The four questions a coach should ask before a session
    Connect with Kris Van Der Haegen Twitter: @krisvdhaegen
    Twitter: @ICoachKids
    I Coach Kids: http://www.icoachkids.eu
    Email: kvdh@belgianfootball.de
    For the month of October, get 60% off of the audio version of Every Moment Matters by clicking here. Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.
    If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes!
    A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month
    A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron.
    Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.
    Thank you for all your support these past two years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

    • 53 min

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