Episode 47

The Value of Mentors for Young Athletes

Let's face it. Being a young athlete isn't always easy. Whether it's pressure from your parents, from coaches, or even from yourself, there's a lot to deal with. And at such a young age, it can be hard to deal with all that pressure without folding. Luckily, athletes who've been there and done that can help. That's where Peter Cipollone and Tommy O’Hare come in. 

Peter and Tommy join the show to talk about InstaViser, the company they founded to connect athletes with mentors. As former high-level athletes, Peter (a gold medalist in crew) and Tommy (an Olympic speed skater and U.S. record-holder) both know the value of mentors. Topics covered include: how mentors help young athletes overcome stress, some common issues young athletes are facing these days, and what age athletes need mentorship the most. 

Whatever your involvement in youth sports, we think you'll get a lot out of this episode. Take a listen!

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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: Jan 05 2016