Episode 7

Is Youth Sports Emulating Pro Sports Culture in all the Wrong Ways?

There is a clash of visions: pro sports focus on entertainment value, while youth sports should be focused on development. Yet why are were trying to have youth sports emulate the pro sports mentality?

Jim Thompson, founder of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) at Stanford University, tackles this topic and more.  PCA has models for coaches, parents and athletes that has the support of Greats like Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson, Judy Foudy, and many more. As the author of 9 books, including his latest titled “Developing Better Athletes, Better People”, Thompson asserts that the more positive we are, the better our athletes will do. "Here are practical tools coaches and parents can use, based on research and sports psychology, in order to practice positivity and ultimately win more games."

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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: Aug 13 2014