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Craig Haworth from winningyouthcoaching.com shares his interviews with successful youth sports coaches from around the globe to help the mom or dad youth coach be organized, effective, and win. Discover what tools, resources, books, and strategies the winning youth coaches use, and enjoy many fun stories along the way. Learn from the candid stories of both successes and failures, and implement the insightful recommendations on how to have an awesome experience with your youth sports team this season. Whether you are a fan of football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, volleyball, or any other team sport - keep listening to ESPN, but take a few minutes each week to learn from the awesome youth sports coaches so you can get practical tools to make you a Winning Youth Coach.

The Winning Youth Coaching Podcast: Youth Sports | Coaching | Parenting | Family Resources Craig Haworth: Youth Sports Coaching Strategist and Podcaster

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Craig Haworth from winningyouthcoaching.com shares his interviews with successful youth sports coaches from around the globe to help the mom or dad youth coach be organized, effective, and win. Discover what tools, resources, books, and strategies the winning youth coaches use, and enjoy many fun stories along the way. Learn from the candid stories of both successes and failures, and implement the insightful recommendations on how to have an awesome experience with your youth sports team this season. Whether you are a fan of football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, volleyball, or any other team sport - keep listening to ESPN, but take a few minutes each week to learn from the awesome youth sports coaches so you can get practical tools to make you a Winning Youth Coach.

    WYC 170 – NBA exec – Pat Williams – Character Carved in Stone

    WYC 170 – NBA exec – Pat Williams – Character Carved in Stone

    Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, shares personal stories from his time as a parent with youth sports as well as what he teaches regarding developing leaders through sports.



    Pat's new book, CHARACTER CARVED IN STONE is about his discovery of the leadership virtues taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Duke University’s Coach K (a West Point grad) wrote the foreword.



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    • 30 min
    WYC 169 – 700+ Collegiate Soccer Wins – Dr. Jay Martin – The Art of Coaching

    WYC 169 – 700+ Collegiate Soccer Wins – Dr. Jay Martin – The Art of Coaching

    Dr. Jay Martin is the Ohio Wesleyan University Soccer coach and one of the nation’s winningest soccer coaches ever. He has written one of the books in the series for United Soccer Coaches titled, The Best of Soccer Journal: The Art of Coaching. It is seen as one of the best soccer books in their book store. Jay is an author of several books approved by the United Soccer Coaches national office and advises them on their Coaches education curriculum.



    Book: The Art of Coaching















     

























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    • 38 min
    WYC 168 – Youth Wrestling – Chris Mance – Helping sports families

    WYC 168 – Youth Wrestling – Chris Mance – Helping sports families

    Chris Mance is a family coach who helps sports families pursue difficult goals while maximizing their happiness on their journey. Chris has a unique story from playing at football at West Point to becoming an entrepreneur, husband, and eventually a father of two young wrestlers. Through his experiences in leadership, Chris has been able to work with families to plan and execute their strategic plans.



    Chris’s Website: chrismance.com



    Chris' Twitter: @chrismance



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    Coaching Your Own Kids



    Chris was really hard on his first son from an early age. He has gone 180, with him now and with his younger son, he stays focused on being proud of them and just giving them a hug afterwards and de-emphasizing the winning/losing.



    Cringe moment



    At youth dual meets, early on in Chris' coaching, he was too focused on the scoreboard with the newer athletes instead of just working on technique and focusing on improvement.



    Teaching skills & Keeping it fun



    Reward kids for working hard with a fun game - sumo wrestling is fun.

    King of the hill - start with smallest kid, whoever takes down other wins, and keep going working way up



    Culture



    Parents are a big part of it - keep them tied in and on board

    Doing something like fantasy sports with the kids is a really fun way to build some comraderie within the players of the team



    Travel sports



    The biggest problem is the season never ends. In a perfect world, kids would only play a sport during its primary season, and then be able to enjoy other sports in the offseasons.



    The one that got away



    Chris' final wrestling match - he got beat someone who probably wasn't as good as him - but he had taken it for granted and not trained well that week.



    Best stolen idea



    Sports is a chess match. You always need to be 2 steps ahead, especially mentally.



    Favorite books/quote:



    Quote: 'Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard'

    Book: Wooden (by John Wooden)



    Parting Advice



    Have a system, plan and prepare







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    • 52 min
    WYC 167 – Youth Soccer – Gad Espinosa – Coaching the Mental Game

    WYC 167 – Youth Soccer – Gad Espinosa – Coaching the Mental Game

    Gad Espinosa is a Certified High-Performance Mental Game Coach, and speaker who has been interviewed in numerous newspapers and radio shows.



    He has been privileged to train and mentor athletes at all levels, from those just starting their athletic careers to others who have gone on to represent their country and succeed at World Championships and Olympic games.



    As a former professional athlete, who has represented his country internationally, he knows first hand the psychological and emotional challenges a young athlete faces.



    As a parent of two former competitive athletes he knows the difficulty of raising athletes and as a varsity head coach, he sympathizes with coaches and their responsibilities.



    Gad is passionate about helping young athletes discover mental strength breakthroughs that allow them to maximize their development so they can take their game to another level and fulfill their athletic potential.















    Website: coachgad.com



    Instagram: @coach_gad



    Twitter: @coachgad



    Facebook: /Coach-Gad



     

























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    Coaching Your Own Kids



    It's a balance between smothering them and still coaching them and enjoying being a parent with them



    Coaching a sport you didn't play



    2 requirements: Enthusiasm and a passion to learn more



    A-ha moment



    Gad, as a player, rarely had coaches discuss the mental side of the game - so he has emphasized this as a coach



    Concussion recovery



    Time is the biggest key. Take the time to let your mind recover and don't rush it.



    Mental toughness



    It starts with letting your athletes know it's ok to fail. It's a very important part of the learning process.

    Having a clear goal in mind helps build grit to keep working even if things don't do the way you want.



    Teaching skills



    Tag - they put a pinnie on each hip, and they run around and try to grab as many pinnies as possible from their teammates

    Keep away - in a circle, 2 kids in the middle, try to keep ball away from the kids in the middle



    Culture and captains



    Leaders emerge amongst teams



    'How do I Improve my Kid's Athletic Potential?'



    Book on website: coachgad.com

    WYC guest enter promo code 'WYC' and get 50% off book!

    A mental program for coaches and athletes



    The one that got away



    Gad had specifically reminded the team about a specific thing to look for in the game, and 1 minute into the game this situation happened, and a player didn't do what they just had talked about. Gad regrets that he immediately took the player out of the game and didn't play him much more that game.



    Best stolen idea



    Preparedness



    Favorite books/quote:



    Quote: 'If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.' - John Wooden



    Parting Advice



    Take a step back and remember how you wish you were coached when you were younger







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    • 44 min
    WYC 166 – Invisible Differences – Susan Stout – Bring out the best in athletes with ADHD, learning differences, and/or anxiety

    WYC 166 – Invisible Differences – Susan Stout – Bring out the best in athletes with ADHD, learning differences, and/or anxiety

    Susan Stout educates coaches specifically about working with kids who have ADHD, learning differences and/or anxiety.



    As a former swim coach and now a mom to an avid young athlete with ADHD and dyslexia, Susan wishes she had known when she was coaching what she knows now about how to recognize the differently wired kids, manage the challenges and bring out the best in these athletes.















    Website: ownbeatathlete.com



    Twitter: @SusanStoutOBA



     

























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    Finding invisible differences



    It all starts with just getting to know each kid

    Some symptoms to look for:



    Can't sit still

    Talk back

    Interrupt

    Can't remember what you just said, especially with multi-step directions

    Inconsistent in their performance

    Poor sense of time (can be late)

    Poor emotional control







    Practical tips to coach kids with invisible differences



    Don't talk for long periods of time(no diatribes!)

    Routines help

    Give them a responsibility to keep them engaged

    Let them fidget and move

    Try to be patient - give them a minute to cool off



    Own Beat Athlete



    Website: ownbeatathlete.com

    Blogs, profiles of successful players and coaches with ADHD, letters from players

    Tools for coaches and facts to know about kids with invisible differences



    Cringe moment



    When Susan was first coaching, they lost a meet because the backstroke flags were the wrong distance. Susan was worried about over-coaching girls who had previously been her teammates. She learned she needed to be the coach first and not worry about trying to impress them or be their buddy.



    Keeping training fun



    Relay races are always a great way to compete and have fun while conditioning



    Achieving peak performance under pressure



    They start meets with cheering and getting energy up. Then she would have the athletes come and check in with her before their events to chat one-on-one. The coaching is finished at this point - instead reinforce them and tell them - 'you've done it, the work is done, now go have fun and show what you can do'



    The one that got away



    As a swimmer, for 3 years Susan was trying to break 36 seconds. 3 times she got 36.00. She still had a great time, just wishes she could have got a 35.99. :)



    Best stolen idea



    Building a culture of being a family.



    Favorite books/quote:



    Quote: 'A common mistake amongst those working in sports is to spend a disproportionate amount of time on X's and O's as compared to time spent learning about people.' - Coach K

    Quote: 'When I was a young coach, I used to say treat everybody alike. Instead- treat everybody fairly.' - Bear Bryant

    Book: Getting to Us by Seth Davis



    Parting Advice



    Build relationships. Get to know the kids, what do they dream about, what excites them, what do they like doing outside of sports.







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    WYC 165 – Youth Soccer – Sean Conlon – Founder of We Make Footballers

    WYC 165 – Youth Soccer – Sean Conlon – Founder of We Make Footballers

    Sean Conlon is the founder of We Make Footballers, a football(soccer in the U.S.) prep school to prepare athletes for playing at academies. With a background with the Chelsea club, Sean has the passion and vision to help young athletes improve their game on and off the field to reach their dreams.















    Website: wemakefootballers.com



    Twitter: @wmfootballers



    Instagram: @wemakefootballers



     

























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    Learning on the playground



    Sean didn't play for a formal team until he was 13 years old. This has pros and cons - a lot of creativity can be developed, but mixing in a bit of coaching can help the guided discovery process.

    Emphasizing fun at young ages and training parents to recognize development vs. just wins and losses is key.



    We Make Footballers



    14 franchises across England, have prepared 170+ players who have gone on to join academy teams

    Focus is preparing players for academies



    Website: wemakefootballers.com

    Great fun skill building games



    Stuck in the mud - Get in a square, everyone has their own ball, dribbling. Make one player the sticker - he runs and tries to tag the other players. When tagged, they hold their ball over their head, and if other players kick their own ball between a frozen players' head, that player is freed.

    Snake - In a square. 2 players have to hold hands, they are the snakes. The rest are the mice. Players don't have a ball, they just run around. As players are caught, they join the snake.



    The one that got away



    In the cup final, Sean looks back on a couple of changes he could have made earlier. Thinking clearly in high energy moments is critical. Be decisive and take action.



    Best stolen idea



    Make every practice fun, regardless of the age group.



    Favorite books/quote:



    Book: Alex Ferguson's Leading

    Quote: 'In football, the worst things are excuses, excuses mean you cannot grow or move forward.' - Pep Guardiola



    Parting Advice



    Utilize the internet and forums to continuously learn







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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Dad with a brain ,

The Vince Lombardi of Coaching Podcasts

Well planned and laid out for listeners to follow.
Variety of coaches, sports, and expert topics to explain coaching is both an art and science.
Guests describe their process, successes, failures, favorite games/drills, books, and quotes.
Wonderful psychology aspect of teaching, mentoring, and coaching.
Teaches servant leadership.
Reminds us the importance of balancing parenting and coaching.

deacon's mom ,

Valuable coaching lesson

There valuable coaching lessons in each pod cast no matter your level or experience as a coach. The guest are interesting and the questions are relevant.

jcarn76 ,

Great interviews and questions for beginner coaches

Great podcast for beginner coaches or anyone planning on coaching. Only thing that would make it better for me personally would be more youth football podcast. Specifically what to look forward to coaching youth football for the first time.

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