Episode 54

Professional or Volunteer Coaching: Which is Right for Your Young Athlete?

Finding the right coach for your young athlete is never easy. Throw money into the equation and you've got yourself one tricky situation. That's right––we're talking about professional coaches and volunteer coaches. How can parents decide which type of coach is right for their young athlete?

John O'Sullivan, founder of Changing the Game Project, joins host Emily Cohen to discuss the pros and cons of both professional coaches and volunteer coaches. What can parents do to compare them? Do some volunteer coaches prevent their players from moving on to higher levels? Is there an age group for which professional coaches aren't needed? 

If you're a parent, this is an episode you won't want to miss. 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: Apr 14 2016