Episode 9

Coaching Techniques: Coaching Youth Sports with Empathy

What makes a great coach? They are positive, supportive and inspire others to do their best every single time. Great coaches can also be empathetic leaders. Venessa Barnard, Head girls varsity volleyball coach and club coach in Georgetown, TX, knows how to empower her athletes by lifting them up. Barnard was recently honored with Positive Coaching Alliance’s (PCA) highest national coaching award for her empathetic approach in coaching. Barnard has the ability to understand the feelings and motivations of her athletes and uses that understanding to make her players better. Hear her story and be motivated to be an award-winning and courageous coach like her who knows how to change the tone of disappointing scenarios and gets rid of team tension in a crucial moment.

“When you are coaching, you have to be fearless. I am completely out there. If it motivates my team, I will do a forward roll on the sidelines…You have got to be fearless. You just have to care so much for them, you lay aside yourself. You should never see yourself; you only see them. And that gives you the clarity to lift them up in whatever they need.”

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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