Episode 35

Sport Sampling: How Young Athletes Can Find Multiple Sports to Love

To specialize or to sample, that is the question! Some young athletes specialize, which means they choose one sport and focus only on that sport. Others try sport sampling, which means they sample a few different sports until they find their favorites. 

Which is more beneficial to a young athlete and why? 

Steve Boyle prefers sport sampling. Steve is the Director of 2-4-1 Sports, a camp where kids try many different sports until they find many to love, not just one. In this podcast, Steve explains why emotional burnout happens for single sport athletes, how young athletes can connect skills from one sport to another, and what coaches can do to become better teachers. Listen in!

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]


Release Date: Jun 30 2015