Lisa E. Cohn

Building Confidence in Young Athletes1

Ultimate Sports Parent Radio (www.youthsportspsychology .com), which aims to instill confidence and success in young athletes, interviews Dr. Patrick Cohn, leading "mental game" coach, along with parents and popular youth coaches from Showtime Athletics,
Building Confidence in Young Athletes1

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio (www.youthsportspsychology .com), which aims to instill confidence and success in child and teen athletes, interviews mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn and Les Harrison, youth coach and founder of Showtime Athletics, about the importance of the "mental game" in youth sports.

Episodes

Helping Sports Kids Who Focus on Fairness

Apr 11, 2018

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Part Two of our interview with Mark Lawton, a longtime teacher and coach who has taken teams to the championship level. How do kids react when they feel as if they're not being treated fairly? And what can coaches and parents do about it?

Building Confidence with a Positive Team Culturs

Apr 11, 2018

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Mark Lawton, a longtime teacher and coach who has led many teams to championships, describes how to create a confidence-boosting team culture--and why it's important to kids' confidence.

Building Confidence with Fairness in Youth Sports Coaching

Feb 22, 2018

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Mark Lawton, a longtime teacher and coach who has led many teams to championships, says kids and parents with a strong sense of fairness often get upset by perceived issues of fairness. He provides tips for addressing fairness issues and ensuring kids stay confident in youth sports. He also addresses differences between boys and girls.

How Coaches Can Ensure Fairness in Youth Sports

Feb 22, 2018

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How can youth sports coaches be fair about giving kids playing time? How can they ensure kids feel as if they're being treated fairly? How are girls different than boys in how they view fairness? Mark Lawton, a longtime teacher and coach of numerous championship teams, gives tips about how coaches can be fair--and how this affects kids' mental game.

Helping Players with Failure in Youth Baseball

Feb 14, 2018

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Failure is built into youth baseball, says Nova Newcomer, executive director of Friends of Baseball in Portland. She provides tips for helping young athletes let go of their fear of failure.

How to Protect Sports Kids from Predators, Bullies and other Dangers

Jan 31, 2018

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Chris Trieste, a veteran educator with extensive experience in coaching, teaching, and administration gives parents tips about how to protect sports kids from predators and bullies in light of the USA Gymnastics Team scandal.

How Exercise Boosts Kids' Concentration & Brain Function

Nov 15, 2017

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Ted Theocheung, CEO of the Specialized Foundation, about recent studies that show how exercise boosts brain function, attention and concentration in kids with ADHD--and everyone else. The foundation has partnered with Stanford University to fund research to better understand the effects of exercise on brain function and cognition in children with ADHD. During the interview, the experts stress that exercise helps all kids with brain function and concentration.

How to Boost Your Sports Kids' Resilience

Aug 24, 2017

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Dr. Kate Lund, a psychologist, performance coach and author of "Bounce -- Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive in School, Sports and Life," explains the importance of resilience in kids' lives and gives tips for building resilience.

Help Your Sports Kids Build Leadership Skills

Jul 13, 2017

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Jamy Bechler, a former college basketball coach and author of “The Leadership Playbook: Be Your Team’s Most Valuable Leader,” provides advice about how to build strong leaders in sports. And they don't have to be team captains!

Why Girls Drop Out of Sports at a Rate Six Times Higher Than Boys

Mar 2, 2017

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Girls drop out of sports at a rate that's six times higher than boys, research shows. In this podcast, Lisa Cohn, host of Ultimate Sports Parent Radio, interviews Samantha Salvia, a World Champion Ultimate Frisbee player who leads Positive Coaching Alliance workshops for coaches, athletes, and sports parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Benjamin Dudley, sports dad, coach and executive director for the Portland Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance. They address why girls are dropping out and how the trend can be reversed.

Just Let the Kids Play, Says Former NBA Player, Author

Feb 15, 2017

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews former NBA player Bob Bigalow, author of "Just Let the Kids Play," and "Youth Sports: Still Failing Our Kids," about the challenges in youth sports today. He and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn discuss how parents can help kids feel happy and confident in youth sports, rather than being over-involved.

Kids Don't Need to Win Pregame Warmups

Jan 24, 2017

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Often, sports kids lose confidence if they don’t do well during pregame warmups. This is especially true of perfectionists, who want to get everything just right all the time. In this interview with mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn, parents learn that sports kids don’t need to win pregame warmups—and how to deal with perfectionists who think they do need to win them.

How Pregame Jitters Can Help Sports Kids

Jan 5, 2017

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In this Ultimate Sports Radio podcast episode, mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses how the pregame jitters can help kids focus better and boost their energy just before a game. However, sometimes those butterflies and sweaty palms are more than just jitters; they2019re actually performance anxiety.Visit www.Ultimatesportsparent.com and stay tuned for our new 10-Minute Pregame Prep program

When Moms Play Football to Learn about Youth Sports

Aug 3, 2016

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Bob Jordan, a youth sports coach of 35 years who in the 1960s asked the mothers of his football players to learn how to play the sport. What did they learn? Learn more about Jordan and his books for moms by listening!

Post-Game Tips for Sports Parents #3: Learning, Growing

Oct 22, 2015

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Sports kids need to walk away from games with renewed confidence—or at least with their confidence intact. In the third of our series of podcasts about post-game tips for sports parents, that’s the idea we want parents and coaches to embrace.

Post-Game Tips for Sports Parents #2: Communication

Oct 15, 2015

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In the second of our "Post-Game Tips for Sports Parents" audios, Dr. Patrick Cohn, mental game expert, gives sports parents tips about how to communicate with kids after a game. A few tips: Don't dwell on their mistakes and look for learning opportunities.

Post-Game Tips for Sports Parents: 1st in a Series

Oct 8, 2015

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In this Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interview, mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn identifies some of the challenges sports parents face after a game. This is first in a series of post-game tips with Lisa Cohn and Patrick Cohn.

What Sports Kids Can Learn from the Williams Upset in US Open

Sep 17, 2015

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What can sports kids learn from underdog Roberta Vinci beating Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals? A lot. In this podcast, mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn identifies the mental game issues--especially expectations and perfectionism--that came into play during the semi-finals.

How New Sports Dads Can Instill Confidence in Their Athletes

Aug 6, 2015

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jason Kreidman, founder of Dudes to Dads, which provides advice and support to new fathers. He is also a former high school and college athlete who spent most of his waking hours as a child immersed in youth sports, an experience that was both positive and negative. He gives tips for new sports dads.

Sports Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents

Jul 9, 2015

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In this Ultimate Sports Parent Radio episode, Brian Brunkow, author of "Zero Offseason: Divorce & Sports Parenting" gives divorced parents tips about sports parenting. The bottom line: Keep your kids' best interests in mind.

6 Mistakes By Well-Meaning Sports Parents

Jun 24, 2015

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In a Yahoo! Parenting article, we (Lisa and Patrick Cohn), identified six common sports parent sins. In this podcast, we discuss those sins, often committed by well-meaning sports parents. You can read the article here: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/6-surprising-sports-parent-sins-12225094020 2.html

How Coaches Can Build Trust in Young Athletes

May 14, 2015

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How can coaches build trust in young athletes and why is trust so important? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Thom Schauerman, varsity soccer coach and middle school volleyball coach at The Shipley School. Coaches can't impart life lessons in sports kids unless they have first earned kids' trust, he says. He shares innovative ideas for building a tight-knit team and trust.

How Youth Coaches Can Help Sports Kids Build Life Skills

Apr 21, 2015

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Megan Bartlett, Chief Program Officer for Up2Us, talks about how her program uses sports to integrate behavioral development into youth sports. The training teaches youth coaches how to build life skills.

How Sports Kids Should Be Responsible for Their Confidence

Feb 4, 2015

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Too often, kids look for praise from others to boost their confidence. In this interview with mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn, he speaks directly to young athletes about how they should be responsible for their own confidence.

How High Expectations Hurt Sports Kids' Confidence

Feb 4, 2015

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In Part 2 of this series created specifically for young athletes, mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn explains how and why high expectations hurt sports kids' confidence. Learn more at www.YouthSportsPsychology.com

How Sports Kids Should Think About Warm Ups

Jan 15, 2015

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In the first of a series of podcasts in which mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn speaks directly to young athletes about mental game issues, he tells kids how to think about warm ups. They're not meant to be a competition to win.

Tips for Sports Kids From an All-American Athlete

Dec 23, 2014

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Kirk Mango is a former Division I National Champion, 3-Time All-American, 3-Time Hall of Fame Athlete, and was selected in 2009 as #8 on Northern Illinois University's Top 50 Huskies of All-Time list. In high school, however, his coach told him he wouldn't make it. Mango, who says he was a mediocre gymnast at the time, set his sights on become a state champion--in 10 months. What choices did Mango make, what mental mindset did he embrace to make it to the top--and even publish a book, "Becoming a True Champion?"

What Girls Want From Youth Sports

Nov 20, 2014

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Joan Steidinger, author of "Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete," about why girls take part in sports, what they want to get out of it, and how parents can support them.

The Four Keys to Keeping Kids in Youth Sports

Aug 13, 2014

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Cris Dobrosielski, an author, motivational speaker, fitness expert and longtime youth sports coach about a new George Washington University study that identifies the four keys to keeping kids in youth sports.

How Breakthrough Thinking Helps Sports Kids

Jul 23, 2014

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How can sports kids overcome challenges like perfectionism? How can they think in ways that help them feel like they're breaking through barriers to confidence and performance?Gene Jones, a former athlete, sports coach, and former sports commentator explains how breakthrough thinking can help young athletes.

How Common Medications Hurt Sports Kids

May 20, 2014

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Christopher Stankovich, Ph.D., a professional athletic counselor, about how more and more kids are prescribed medications for mental health issues and how the medications affects kids' mental game. Stankovich, who believes the medications are over-prescribed, says that, among other things, the meds hurt undermine kids' creativity and spontaneity--essential traits in youth sports and life.

Helping Anxious Sports Kids Cope with Anxiety

Apr 17, 2014

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Kids with anxiety often experience higher levels of anxiety in high-pressure sports situations.Dr. Jeremy Pettit, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University, gives tips for helping these kids.

Helping Sports Kids Prove They Can Make an Impact on their Team

Mar 13, 2014

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How can sports kids who've just joined a team prove to the coach and team mates that they can make an impact? In this interview, Audrey, mother of Bjorn, explains how her son joined a AAA team and lost confidence when the coach didn't play him enough and the kids didn't pass to him. But all that changed.

Helping Sports Kids Prove They Can Make an Impact on their Team

Mar 13, 2014

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How can sports kids who've just joined a team prove to the coach and team mates that they can make an impact? In this interview, Audrey, mother of Bjorn, explains how her son joined a AAA team and lost confidence when the coach didn't play him enough and the kids didn't pass to him. But all that changed.

Shifting Expectations of Sports Kids Who Expect Little of Themselves

Feb 6, 2014

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How do you shift the expectations of sports kids, especially in urban areas, who don't expect much from themselves? In this fascinating interview with Ultimate Sports Parent Radio, Eric DeMeulenaere, a Clark University professor and former soccer coach and author of "Reflections From the Field,” tells how. He also identifies traits of the best coaches.

Get Sports Kids Inspired With This Author's Tips

Jan 25, 2014

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Too often, sports kids come to practice and go through the motions, says Bobby Kipper, a former college coach and co-author of a new book, "Performance Driven Thinking." He gives tips for inspiring, motivating and focusing young athletes using "performance driven thinking."

How To Motivate Young Athletes

Jan 24, 2014

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How do you motivate young athletes? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Steven Frierman, a professor at Hofstra University and a former coach who advises coaches and athletes about the mental game.

Fun Tips for Introducing Kids to Youth Sports

Nov 1, 2013

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VJ Stanley, a retired college hockey coach and youth sports coach of 30 years who wants to change sports and bring back healthy fun for children, gives detailed and fun tips for introducing young kids to sports.

The Value of Sports Kids' Supporting Each Other

Sep 28, 2013

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Brad Jubin, co-founder of "A Team That Always Plays for Each Other." discusses the value of ensuring sports kids' Number One Priority is supporting each other.

Why Steroid Use Hurts Young Athletes

Sep 12, 2013

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How does all the news about steroid use in sports hurt young athletes? Kirk Mango, national champion, Hall of Famer, and author of 201CBecoming A True Champion," says that this is a big distraction for young athletes. He explains what kids should be focusing on.

How Coaches Affect Sports Kids' Confidence

Jul 30, 2013

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Kevin MacCauley, founder of BookACoach, describes how youth coaches can hurt or boost kids' confidence in sports. His company provides private, one-on-one coaching nationwide.

Intense Sports Kids and Anger and Upset

Jul 23, 2013

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Daniel St.Andre, president of the Town and Country Lacrosse Assoc., gives tips for dealing with kids who play positions that require them to focus intensely. These kids often get upset or angry if they make mistakes.

Sports Mom/Former Olympic Athlete Gives Mental Game Tips

Jun 27, 2013

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Courtney Johnson, a silver Olympic medialist water polo player who is now a sports parent gives mental game tips for parents, based on her experience with her own children. She covers perfectionism, fear of failure and other topics.

The Pitfalls of Early Specialization in Sports

May 23, 2013

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Jack Malley, sports dad, coach, and author of “Meet the Lunatics who Run Your Kids’ Sports Leagues," addresses the pitfalls of early specialization and offers sports parents tips. When does it make sense to specialize early?

Distractions: A Top Challenge for Sports Kids

Mar 6, 2013

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Troy Drayton, coordinator of youth programs for the Miami Dolphins, who says distractions are a top mental game challenge for kids. He offers tips for both young athletes and their parents, saying sometimes parents pressure their sports kids too much.

Challenges of Teen Female Athletes

Jan 30, 2013

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Dr. Joan Steidenger, a licensed clinical and sports psychologist who works with athletes at all levels and a certified consultant to the Association of Applied Sports Psychology, discusses the challenges female teen athletes face and how parents should address them. Many female teens drop out, she says.

Responsibility and Commitment in Youth Sports

Jan 11, 2013

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kirk Mango, a three-time Hall of Fame Athlete, National Champion, and author of “Becoming A True Champion.” Sports kids too often think, "I want it now." But becoming a true champion, he says, requires commitment and responsibility. He explains how parents can help impart these values and improve kids' experiences.

Making The Most of Youth Sports in the UK

Jan 8, 2013

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Danny Cullinane, a coach and a sports parent who lectures in sports development. He says pressure is the Number One mental game challenge sports kids face in the UK, and discusses how those involved in sports development help kids thrive. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

A Youth Coach's Tips for Avoiding Sideline Mayhem

Nov 2, 2012

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Brian Swarz, a coach, ref and umpire gives tips for parents about how to best build confidence during games. Patrick Cohn, a mental game expert, provides commentary.

Youth Confidence Tips From A Former Pro Athlete

Oct 26, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Steve Siebold, a former professional athlete (top 500 tennis player), a mental toughness coach to professional and amateur athletes, and the author of "177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class" about what builds confidence in sports kids.

Training Kids' Brains To Boost Their Performance

Sep 28, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Diane Stoler (drdiane.com), a neuropsychologist, about how parents can help "train" athletes' brains to reduce performance anxiety and boost performance.

New Study: What Motivates Kids to Play Sports

Sep 28, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kristin Carroll, vice president of corporate and consumer marketing for Active Network, about a recent survey that provides details about what motivates kids to participate in sports. Some interesting surprises!

New Study: What Motivates Kids to Play Sports

Sep 25, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kristin Carroll, vice president of corporate and consumer marketing for Active Network about a recent survey that provides details about what motivates kids to participate in sports--and what doesn't. Some surprising conclusions!

Teaching Kids to be Winning Losers

Jun 12, 2012

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How can you teach your kids to be winning losers? Lots of ways, says Frank J. Sileo, PhD, a psychologist with more than 16 years’ experience working with kids and families and the author of Sally Sore Loser: A Story about Winning and Losing. He gives tips about how to help sports kids make the most of losing.

Boosting Sports Kids' Performance with The Science of Play

Apr 25, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Gary Avischious, founder and head coach of CoachingSchool.org about how he integrates the science of play into his practices and how it boosts his young athletes' performance. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Top Confidence Tips from A Former NBA Coach

Mar 1, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Hal Wissel, a basketball coach who has worked for numerous NBA teams, is founder of Basketball World, and author of Basketball: Steps to Success, about how to build confidence in young athletes. His tips--for basketball shooters--apply to all sports kids.

Teaching Sports Kids To Resolve Conflicts--and Not Bully

Feb 9, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent interviews Dr. Robert Goldman, a Psy.D. psychologist, criminal defense attorney and author of "No Room for Vengeance," about his unique strategy for ending bullying. We need to teach our children how to resolve conflicts in a more transformative manner, and he tells how to do this.

How One Family Fought Coach Bullying and Won

Feb 3, 2012

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews holly, the sports mom to a high school''+ swimmer who abandoned his dream of being an Olympic swimmer because he was bullied by a coach. The family took on the system and changed USA Swimming's code of Conduct to address bullying.

Why Sports Kids Need To Focus and Get in The Zone

Jan 19, 2012

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Lisa Cohn of Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn about why it's so important for young athletes to learn how to hone their focus. He explains how destructive distractions can be, and tells how the new program, "The Focused Sports Kid," helps parents and coaches teach kids how and what to focus on in sports, and how to refocus when they're distracted. For more information, visit http://www.youthsportspsychology.com/youth_sports_psychology_blog/?p=1575

Sports Mom's Success In Dealing With Difficult Coach

Dec 10, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sports mom Kim, who successfully took our advice and found ways to communicate with a coach about how he hurt her son by humiliating and yelling at him. When the coach changed his behavior, Kim's son broke team records. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Sports Mom's Success In Dealing With Difficult Coach

Dec 10, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sports mom Kim, who successfully took our advice and found ways to communicate with a coach about how he hurt her son by humiliating and yelling at him. When the coach changed his behavior, Kim's son broke team records. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Sports Mom's Success In Dealing With Difficult Coach

Dec 10, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sports mom Kim, who successfully took our advice and found ways to communicate with a coach about how he hurt her son by humiliating and yelling at him. When the coach changed his behavior, Kim's son broke team records. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Sports Mom's Success In Dealing With Difficult Coach

Dec 10, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sports mom Kim, who successfully took our advice and found ways to communicate with a coach about how he hurt her son by humiliating and yelling at him. When the coach changed his behavior, Kim's son broke team records. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How Sports Parents' Emotions Affect Their Kids' Experience

Nov 2, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Anthony Ross, an Australian sport psychologist and former All-American tennis player, and director of SportParentSupport.com, who shares his research about how parents' childhood memories of sports can affect their behavior as sports parents. He provides tips for helping sports parents get a handle on their emotions and improve their kids' experience.

The Effects of Sports Injuries on Young Athletes

Oct 20, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Joe Dinoffer, president of Oncourt Offcourt and sports dad to a tennis player who suffered an injury that took her out of tennis when she was a top player. When this happened, she was being homeschooled and her parents had bought a bigger house to accomodate her sports career. Should parents plan for such injuries? What can parents do when injuried derail sports kids?

Why Unstructured Play is Key for Sports Kids

Sep 30, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Gary Simmons, author of "Gymbag Wisdom," and a sports performance specialist. He says that the best athletes who come to him had lots of unstructured play. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Youth Coach Uses Sports Psychology to Win

Sep 16, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tony Acosta, who coaches 10- 11-year-olds in Australian rules football, about how he used Kids' Sports Psychology resources to beat a formidable opponent and win a championship.

Are You, Too, Distracting Your Sports Kids?

Sep 8, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brenda, the mom to a skater who admits she struggles with nervousness, high expectations and perfectionism while watching her daughter skate. Her daughter tells her this undermines her skating. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides coaching to improve Brenda's sports parenting.

Secrets From the Parent of an Olympic Athlete

Aug 12, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio gets tips from Barbara Hopewell, sports mom to Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won four medals at the 1992 Olympic games. Summer wrote a book about her parents called “Champion are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me a Success." Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How Sports Kids Can Improve By Trusting Their Instincts

Jul 26, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Lumuli Kyumba, a high school track and field coach who says her young athletes often perform better in practice than during competition. She gives tips for helping them trust their instincts and improve their performance during competition.

How Pre-Game Jitters Help Sports Kids

Jun 10, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Twan Russell, a former Miami Dolphins player and current Director of Youth Programs for the Dolphins. He talked about how pre-game jitters help sports kids--and why pre-game fear hurts them. He says that a top issue for young football players is maintaining composure.

How Important is Determination in Youth Sports

May 12, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kirk Mango, a coach, National Champion, 3-Time All-American, and Hall of Fame Athlete and writer working on a book, “Becoming A True Champion." Our topic: Determination and how it affects kids in sports, especially when they face adversity. Providing commentary is Dr. Patrick Cohn, mental game expert.

Homeschooling: Pressure for Young Athletes?

Mar 31, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Andrea Leib, a former teacher who is founder of stayontrack.net, which is an online school for athletes who need to homeschool due to demanding travel and practice schedules. Does homeschooling provide a relief for these kids or does it add pressure? Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How to Deal With Difficult/Bully Coaches

Mar 5, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Christopher Hickey, executive director of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education, about how parents can deal with difficult or bully coaches. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

What College Plan is Best for Sports Kids

Feb 10, 2011

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What’s best for sports kids as they aim for college teams? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio's Lisa Cohn talks to Joe Rice, a coach for 20 years with a website called kudda.com. The parent of two college players, he says why aiming solely for Division 1 sports is not a good idea. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Helping Sports Kids Commit to Growth

Jan 27, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Rob Barber, president of USAthletic Baseball, which provides baseball training programs. Barber, who has coached a number of baseball players who went on to become major league players, talks about helping kids commit to developing as players. That includes ensuring they don't blame others for setbacks. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Why Talent is Over-rated in Youth Sports

Jan 11, 2011

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kirk Mango, a coach, national champion, 3-Time All-American, Hall of Fame Athlete and writer working on a book, “Becoming A True Champion” about why talent is over-rated. He talks about why hard work, commitment and strong mental game skills are just as, if not more important, than talent in youth sports.

Bullied Kids Who Drop Out of Sports

Dec 16, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Steve, a sports dad and hockey coach. He tells stories about racial bullying and its effect on kids in sports, giving an example of one young athlete who dropped out of sports. Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary and advice.

Instilling Confidence When Sports Kids Fear Failure

Dec 8, 2010

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As part of Kids' Sports Psychology's Sports Parents' Coach audio series, Lisa Cohn and Dr. Patrick Cohn give advice to Jennifer, the mother of an 11-year-old baseball player who is a perfectionist. Jennifer says that her son is afraid of failing and tends to stay in his own "comfort zone," without trying new things or taking risks.

Committed, Balanced Sports Parents

Dec 2, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dave Dupont, a former sports parent and coach who is now CEO of TeamSnap, a web-based service that helps teams manage players, games and team payments. Our topic: How to be a committed sports parent who also strikes the balance between being over-involved and under-involved? What's best for sports kids? Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How Parents' Body Language Affects Sports Kids

Nov 18, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Monika Schloder, a sports consultant who was trained in sports pedagogy, and is the recipient of 14 international coaching and teaching awards and was Alberta 2008 Coach of the year. She discusses how sports kids are affected by their parents' and coaches' body language. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Helping Kids Communicate with Teammates

Nov 11, 2010

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As part of our Sports Parents' Coach series, Ultimate Sports Parent interviews John, the father of an 11-year-old soccer play who is a perfectionist and tends to criticize his teammates. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn provide ideas and tips.

How Much Should Sports Parents Push?

Nov 4, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews John Poncy, a sports dad, youth coach, and former soccer player for the Armed Forces National Team about his role as sports parent to passionate young players. How much should he push his kids? At what point are sports parents pushing too hard? Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides advice as part of Kids' Sports Psychology's Sports Parents' Coach program.

Communication to Help Build Kids' Confidence

Oct 27, 2010

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How can parents and coaches help kids develop character and confidence in youth sports? Communication is key, says Michael Langlois, co-owner of Prospect Communications, which helps parents, coaches and administrators develop more effective communication approaches. The father of four grown sons who played many sports, Langlois gives tips about what to say before a game, after a mistake, and more.

Creating Confident, Coachable Athletes

Oct 21, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Ray Lokar, a lead trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance who has coached youth sports for more than 30 years and is the director of basketball4all.net. He talks about the importance of being big on the little things, rewarding effort and other issues. Mental Game Coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. Published?:

Sports Parents' Coach: Building Confidence

Oct 14, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio releases the first in a new audio series called "Sports Parents Coach," during which sports parents share their kids' mental game challenges, and Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn offer ideas for dealing with these challenges. The first interview is with Jennifer, the mother of an 8-year-old who seeks help building her son's confidence.

Building Kids' Success Through Goal-Setting

Oct 7, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews J. Parker Adair, a coach who started a high school lacrosse program and has run programs for athletes aged 3 to high school. He has taken his sports lessons to the business world with his website CoachAdair.com. Our topic: building success through goal-setting and accountability. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

When Sports Kids Feel Too Pressured

Sep 30, 2010

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How are kids' mental games affected when they feel too pressured to perform? Lisa Cohn of Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Mike Green, founder of thesportsfamilyclub.org, a seasoned youth sports coach and sports dad to four athletes. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Avoiding Negative Labels in Youth Sports

Sep 23, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jere Johnson, who runs an elementary sports program for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in which kids play flag football and are only coached by High School athletes. He describes the benefits of this unique program--including ensuring kids avoid labeling themselves as "losers" or "winners." Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Helping Young Athletes Envision Who They Want to Be

Sep 16, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kim Cristofoli, a former college gymnast and sports mom to three athletes, one of whom is a United States Hockey League player. She’s the co-founder of yourchildathlete.com, a freelance sportswriter and a Positive Coaching Alliance champion. Our topic: Helping athletes envision who they want to be in sports--and how it helps them succeed in sports. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Using Biofeedback to Boost Mental Stamina

Sep 9, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Wes Sime Ph.d. , a sports psychologist who has worked with Olympic athletes and coaches, and was a professor of health and human performance at the University of Nebaraska. He specializes in using biodfeedback and neurofeedback in sports. Our topic: Helping sports Kkds boost their mental stamina using biofeedback and neurofeedback. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary about how kids can use similar ideas--without the sensors--to improve their mental stamina.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Creativity Through Sports

Sep 2, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Bruce Tollner, a sports agent, dad and author of The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan (www.childgameplan.com), about how parents can use sports to boost their kids’ creativity, self-esteem and leadership skills. He talks about some of his pro athlete clients—and how their parents provided unconditional support and helped them deal with adversity.

Why Parents and Coaches Should Set Goals

Aug 26, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kurt Stahura, associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Sport Management at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, who has a degree in sport sociology. He says parents and coaches should work together to set goals for sports kids. But what if the coaches don't do this? What should parents do? Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Transferring Skills From Sports to Life

Aug 19, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Billy Zufall, director of coaching for the boys’ and girls’ teams for Highland High School and Medina County Coach of the year for three years, about how his school focuses on helping kids transfer the skills they learn in sports to other areas of their lives.

The "Doer" In Youth Sports Makes Mistakes

Aug 12, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Bruce Kracke, a sports dad, coach and certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance about why sports kids should be "doers" who make mistakes, and why this helps them grow as athletes. He explains how to create a culture that encourages kids to grow. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

The Need to Keep Perspective in Youth Sports

Aug 5, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dave Giffels, a coach and sports parent and the author of "Like Brothers," about why parents lose perspective in sports, how it affects kids, and how to focus on what's best for young athletes. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

When Sports Kids Don't Believe in Themselves

Jul 29, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kymber Veautour, a Top Warner cheer coach and member of the Weplay coaches’ committee about what coaches and parents can do when kids don't believe in themselves--and sabotage their performance. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides tips and commentary.

When Sports Kids Don't Believe in Themselves

Jul 29, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kymber Veautour, a Top Warner cheer coach and member of the Weplay coaches’ committee about what coaches and parents can do when kids don't believe in themselves--and sabotage their performance. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides tips and commentary.

Helping Kids Recover Mentally from Injury

Jul 22, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews baseball coach Scott Kaminsky about how kids play tentatively and act scared after getting hit by a baseball or otherwise hurt. He and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn give tips for helping kids start playing fearlessly again after getting hurt.

Conflicts Between Sports Kids and Parents

Jul 8, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Cory Bank, a sports psychologist and psychology professor, about the classic conflicts he sees in his practice between sports kids and their parents. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

The Need for an Inside-Out Mindset in Sports

Jul 1, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kirk Mango, a Former Division 1 gymnast, a high school teacher and youth coach for 17 years, about the problems with an “outside-in” mindset—when kids place a high priority on external rewards rather than playing for the love of the game. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Helping Sports Kids Find Their Passion

Jun 24, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tim Morehouse, an Olympic fencer who competed in last summer's games. He talks about the importance of helping sports kids find their passion, and how his parents helped shape his career. He gives tips for ensuring parents support kids' interests. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Sideline Tips for Ensuring Kids' Success

Jun 17, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Kathy Toon, an award-winning former college coach at UC Berkeley and the author of “Get Your Game Face On.” She has a master’s in sport psychology and is a trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance. She explains how parents can boost their kids’ mental game on the sidelines with techniques like "targeted cheering." Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Achieving the Optimal Mental State in Youth Sports

Jun 10, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Stephen Sideroff, Ph.D.., an expert in peak performance in sports and an assistant at the UCLA School of Medicine. The optimal mental state for young athletes is focused and relaxed. Sideroff and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn tell parents and coaches how to help kids achieve this state and get in the "zone."

How The Media Influences Sports Kids

Jun 3, 2010

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Lisa Cohn of Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Robert Gotlin, Director of Sports Rehab at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, a little league coach and author of "Dr. Rob's Guide to Raising Fit Kids," about the positive and negative effects of the media on kids in sports. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Dealing with Bully Coaches in Youth Sports

Jun 2, 2010

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Lisa Cohn continues our series on bullies in youth sports. She interviews Timothy A. Dimoff, Founder and President of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., an expert on violent behavior and author of the book, "Life Rage." The youth sports coach explains why coaches bully young athletes and what parents should do about it. Get our new anti-bullying program by visiting www.youthsportspsychology.com

Zero Tolerance for Youth Sports Bullies

Jun 1, 2010

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Adolescent and Child Psychiatrist Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, who has a private practice in Los Angeles, explains why bullying is bad for kids and why parents and coaches need to take action. Get our new anti-bullying program by visiting www.youthsportspsychology.com.

Why Young Dancers Bully and Hurt Others

May 29, 2010

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Lisa Cohn continues her series on bullying in sports, interviewing Andi McCormack , Founder of Penny Lane Dance Academy in Los Angeles. As a dancer, McCormack performed around the world and was also a member of Giant/Warner Records pop group I*5. She explains why young dancers bully and how dance studios can stop bullying in their studios.

How This Sports Dad Fought Bullying

May 28, 2010

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Award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn continues her series on bullying, interviewing Paul Coughlin, a sports dad, youth coach and anti-bullying expert who tells how his son quit sports after being bullied--and what he did about it. Visit www.youthsportspsychology.com to learn about our anti-bullying program and to listen to the entire interview.

How Common is Hazing (Bullying) in Youth Sports?

May 27, 2010

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Award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn interviews C. Roger Rees, professor in the Department of Health Studies, Physical Education, and Human Performance Science at Adelphi University, about how common hazing--a form of bullying--is in youth sports and what forms it takes. Visit www.youthsportspsychology.com to learn about our anti-bullying program.

Why Bullied Sports Kids May Quit Sports

May 20, 2010

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Award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn interviews Mark Hamilton, a professor of philosophy who teaches college courses in sports ethics at Ashland University. The former college player, former college coach, youth sports coach and sports parent says bullying in sports is often subtle and not noticed by parents and coaches.

Why Sports Kids Bully

May 14, 2010

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Dr. Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of "Why Good Kids Act Cruel," explains why sports kids bully and how youth sports coaches impact bullying. To learn about our new anti-bullying program, visit www.youthsportspsychology.com

Building Self-Esteem with Equal Playing Time in Sports

Apr 9, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brian Sanders, president and CEO of I9 Sports, a fast-growing franchise that provides youth sports opportunities with a twist: I9's teams give equal playing time and allow kids to try out a number of different positions. This philosophy boosts kids' self-esteem, Sanders says. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Building Self-Esteem with Equal Playing Time in Sports

Apr 9, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brian Sanders, president and CEO of I9 Sports, a fast-growing franchise that provides youth sports opportunities with a twist: I9's teams give equal playing time and allow kids to try out a number of different positions. This philosophy boosts kids' self-esteem, Sanders says. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Post-Game Tips for Sports Parents

Mar 20, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio Interviews H. Rothenberg, who has run a basketball program for 20 years and is owner of Triple C Camp, about what parents should say and do after practices and games. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Helping Less Talented Siblings Cope with Pressure

Mar 3, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jim Massaro, youth sports coach and owner of Advanced Body Personal and Athletic Training Center, Nyack, NY, about how parents can help the younger siblings of talented athletes cope with high expectations and pressure in sports. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Quieting Sports Kids' Inner Saboteur

Feb 17, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Harold Shinitzky, a sports psychologist who works with athletes of all ages and is co-author of the book, "Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life." Out topic: The many ways sports kids can sabotage their own performance. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

The Effect of Parents' Expectations in Sports

Jan 26, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Douglas Donaldson, president of PlaySportsTV, a youth sports coaching and instructional website, about how parents' expectations affect sports kids' attitude and passion. He also addresses the effect of closely following team statistics.

Helping Sports Kids Deal with Losses

Jan 14, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Gary Kramer, founder of Inner-Sports, an innovator in behavioral evaluation and coaching, about how to help sports kids deal with losses. Are kids too competitive when they throw a bat after striking out?

Relying on Strategy vs Instinct in Fencing

Jan 4, 2010

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dan Collins, co-founder and assistant coach of the Chesapeake Fencing Club in Baltimore City, MD, and a ccompetitive fencer since 1986. He talks about the roles of strategy and instinct in the sport, and explains why fencing is viewed as "physical chess." Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Favoritism in Youth Sports

Dec 8, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sports parent Michael Sands about favoritism at Beverly Hills High, where some football players get extra coaching. He says this hurts the confidence of the other players. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. Published?:

Giving Constructive Criticism to Sports Kids

Nov 20, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews youth sports coach James Jackson about how to give kids age 5-12 constructive criticism in sports. He also addresses how kids give up when they’re down and how they look for acceptance from peers. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary and tips for sports parents.

Using Mental Imagery in Youth Sports

Nov 4, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Stephen Balzac, a former nationally ranked fencer and president of 7 Steps Ahead, about how young athletes can use mental imagery to improve their sports experience. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Is This Sports Parent Over-Involved?

Oct 2, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Mari, a sports mom to two kayakers who compete at the national level. She says she's their personal trainer, nutritionist, sports psychologist and much more. She asks if she's over-involved in their sports life. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn listen to her story and answer her question.

Managing Anger in Youth Sports

Sep 15, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Joe Bouffard, director of the Youth Football Coaches Association, about how his association teaches coaches to deal with anger in youth sports. He and mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn discuss how high expecations from parents and young athletes can lead to frustration and anger.

Youth Sports' Life Lessons

Aug 21, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Paul Caccamo, the Harvard-educated executive director of Up2Us, a national coalition of community sports programs that teaches young athletes life lessons. He cites research about the many benefits of taking part in youth sports. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Boost Kids’ Confidence By Focusing on Success

Aug 8, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Stephen Balzac, a professor of psychology and former nationally ranked fencer who’s daughter is a fencer. Along with mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn, he discusses how to boost kids’ confidence by focusing on success. (12:30 minutes)

How Coaches Build Confidence Through Online Communication

Jul 25, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews John Engh, COO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), about the confidence-building benefits of coaches’ communicating with young athletes outside of practice. Engh describes NAYS’ new ShapeStuff program, an online program that allows coaches to create skill-building exercises for their players to use between practices. Engh, host Lisa Cohn and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn discuss how parents can best help young athletes take advantage of such programs.

Bouncing Back from Disappointment in Youth Sports

Jul 10, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tamar Chansky, child psychologist and author of, “Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking.” She discusses how to help sports kids be resilient and bounce back from disappointment. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. (11:47 minutes)

Managing Stress in Youth Sports

Jun 25, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Debbie Mandel, a stress management expert who’s the author of “Addicted to Stress” about how parents can manage stress in youth sports and help kids feel confident in stressful situations. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. (12 minutes)

Why Sports Parents Should "Back Off"

Jun 9, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tommy Weber, a former professional baseball player who has coached Division 1 players for 24 years and is now also coaching kids 7-18. Parents are too involved in their kids' sports experience, he says. He suggests parents provide a more "organic" experience for their kids. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. (11 minutes)

When Kids Pressure Themselves to Be Perfect

May 22, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jane, a sports mom and tennis pro, along with her Division 1 tennis player. He describes his drive to be perfect--and how it hurt his game in the past. With a little mental game help, he overcame this challenge, Jane says. She tells how. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. 13:08.

Tools To Ensure Kids Learn Life Lessons

Apr 18, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jim Thompson, founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance and a spokesman for Liberty Mutual's Responsible Sports program about Responsible Sports program tools parents and coaches can use to help kids learn life lessons from sports. For example, he suggests that teams develop rituals to help kids let go of mistakes and move forward. He also describes ways team mates can support each other emotionally. 21:52 minutes.

Overcoming Adversity and Injury in Sports

Apr 2, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Scott Smith, an internationally ranked U.S. figure skater and the second alternate for the last Olympic games in Italy. He describes the mental game strategies he uses to return to skating after injuries. During the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships a back injury the day of the event prevented him from competing. He shares his parents' role in helping him overcome adversity and succeed in figure skating.

Visualizing Success in Youth Sports

Mar 10, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jim Thompson, spokesman for Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports and founder of The Positive Coaching Alliance about his experience using mental game techniques while coaching high school girls' basketball. He guided his team through both group and individualized visualizations, which increased his players' confidence. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Marketing Young Athletes to College Coaches

Feb 24, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Avi Stopper, founder and president of CaptainU, a website designed to teach high school athletes and their parents how to successfully negotiate the college recruiting process. It's critical to interact positively with college coaches on and off the field, he says.

Identifying Anxiety in Young Athletes

Feb 6, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Cory Bank, an athlete-turned-psychologist whose practice focuses on sports psychology. He explains how to identify anxiety in young athletes and how to deal with it. It's important for parents to look past their own athletic hopes for their children and observe their kids objectively in order to identify anxiety.

Why Conflicting Expectations Hurt Sports Kids

Jan 16, 2009

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Robert Gotlin, director of orthopedic and sports rehab for Beth Israel Medical Center's Continuing Center for Health and Healing, and author of the book, "Dr. Rob's Guide to Raising Fit Kids." He discusses how coaches, parents and peers impose on kids conflicting expectations. This reduces kids' ability to enjoy sports. They're more likely to have fun during free play, under little pressure, he says. He also addresses ways to help kids get over mental injuries caused after a traumatic physical sports injury.

Working Hard, Having Fun in Sports

Dec 20, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jason Kelly, founder of the Redding Vipers Baseball Club, about how kids can both work hard and have fun at the same time. Put kids in a position to learn by asking them questions and getting them to understand what their bodies are doing, he says.

Helping Young Athletes Market Themselves to College Coaches

Dec 3, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Mike Popovec, president and CEO of Recruit U, a company that helps high school athletes market themselves to colleges. He discusses the intense pressure many aspiring college athletes feel in order to impress recruiters on the one day they show up to the game. High school athletes can make opportunities for themselves by taking an active role in their recruitment by calling coaches, seeking out scholarships, and appealing to colleges by expanding their resume to include interests outside their sport, he says.

Child Athletes or Entertainers?

Nov 14, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tom Farrey, ESPN reporter and author of the book "Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children." Farrey based his book on visits to youth sports teams around the country. He talks about how far parents will go to create child athlete entertainers. He offers solutions to the problems created by today's win at all cost mentality.

The Benefits of Fitness Training For Young Athletes

Nov 1, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews John Woods, a partner with Speed To Win, about parents' role in performance training. He argues that parents often don't understand the difference between fitness and performance training and that the benefits of performance training last a lifetime in kids' muscle memory.

The Benefits of Free Play in Youth Sports

Oct 18, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tommy Weber, a former pro baseball player who has coached Div. 1 teams for 22 years, about the value of unstructured play: how it enhances creativity and passion for the game--and how this affects sports kids' mental game.

How Sports Creates Happy, Healthy Kids

Oct 4, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio Interviews Stephen Raghoobarsingh, Author of the new book, "The New Game Plan: Using Sports to Raise Healthy, Happy, and Successful Kids." He discusses how the "winning it at all costs" mindset in sports often leads to negative character traits off the playing field. We need to change our perception of success and use sports as a vehicle to develop character traits that can be beneficial and rewarding in all aspects of life, he says. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Division 1 Wrestler Talks about His Parents

Sep 26, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Video interviews Ryan, a division1 wrestler, about his parents' influence on him throughout his life.

The Inner Game of Sports Parenting

Sep 20, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Sean Brawley, a former top-150 world tennis pro and an expert in the "inner game" coaching philosophy. He discusses the inner game of sports parenting, which emphasizes open communication – how to talk so kids will listen and how to listen so kids will talk. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How Youth Sports Enhances Character and Creates Leaders

Sep 13, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Steve Horan, founder of sportsparent.net and an expert in community health improvement. He asks the question: With the numbers of kids involved in youth sports – 30 to 40 million at any given time – what are we as parents and coaches trying to accomplish and what is the educational purpose of sports? He explains how the end product of youth sports is to enhance life skills in order to help young athletes become happy and successful adults. Youth sports can teach skills in five areas of youth development: how to be mentally and physically healthy, how to have an ethical and competitive character, how to be a self-initiator, how to be part of a team, and finally how to lead.

When Having Fun In Youth Sports Equals Success

Sep 5, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio Interviews Michael Sachs, Professor of Kinesiology at Temple University and author of the book, “The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents’ Guide to Success in Youth Sports.” He discusses the importance of how parents and coaches define success in young athletes. As opposed to defining success on winning and losing, he argues that putting forth 100% effort and having fun are the most critical aspects to success for young athletes. It is the responsibility of the coaches and parents to create a positive environment that encourages kids to participate, push themselves, and have fun in order to optimize the sports experience.

Why Johnny Hates Sports

Aug 29, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Fred Engh, founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, and author of the book, "Why Johnny Hates Sports". He discusses how youth sports programs remain largely unchecked, with no certification programs, coaches training, or established parent codes of conduct. He argues that the purpose of youth sports is not to win or make the all-star team, but to teach kids valuable life lessons of honesty, good-sportsmanship, and fair play for ethical and social development. His organization is reaching out to local youth sports facilities in order to develop fair leagues, good coaches, and supportive parents that give kids what they are looking for most: to have fun.

What's a Sports Parenting Philosophy?

Aug 16, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dan Doyle, founder and executive director of the Institute for International Sport and the co-author of the Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting about how to develop a sports parenting philosophy. He talks about how parents can help kids develop self-reliance and self-respect, when to call the coach—and when not to call the coach. He explains the difference between being involved in sports and over-involved. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn offers commentary.

The Challenges of Playing Sports With Older Kids

Aug 8, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Michael Wood, chief fitness officer at KoKo Fitness and father of 7th Grade Juliea, who is a starter for her high school basketball team. Wood talks about his daughter’s mental game challenges and strengths. Mental Game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about classic challenges for kids who play “up.”

The Benefits of Trained Youth Coaches

Jun 13, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Joe Bouffard, active director of Youth Football USA, about the benefits of trained youth coaches. He says that it's hard, especially in football, to find coaches who can teach the technical sport. He also stresses the importance of finding coaches who have a teaching philosophy and want to instill in young athletes a love and passion for sports. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

The Optimal "Push" From Sports Parents?

Jun 8, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Larry Lauer, Ph.D., director of coaching education and development for the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, about how parents can strike a balance between motivating their kids in sports and pressuring them. His comments are based on a study funded by the US Tennis Society that applies to parents and kids in all sports, he says. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Training To Help Parents Be The Best Coaches

May 31, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Simon Mulverhill, executive director of Kids Sports Network--which provides certification programs for volunteer coaches—about how parents can best prepare themselves to coach young athletes. He explains why volunteer coaches should understand their reasons for coaching, how they can boost their knowledge of specific sports, the importance of teaching life skills--and why volunteer coaches may need insurance. Mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

Good Coaches, Bad Coaches: A Conversation

May 23, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews David Jacobson, marketing communications manager for the Positive Coaching Alliance, about the Alliance’s new National Conversation on Coaching effort. How are people responding to tough questions about coaching? What are people writing in about? What’s on the minds of sports parents today? Providing commentary is mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn.

Create Athletes First, Winners Second

May 15, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Jerry Reeder, national program consultant for the American Sport Education Program about how kids can focus on being athletes first and on winning second. He stresses that it’s important for parents to understand this philosophy. He describes how he asks athletes to establish performance goals rather than focusing on outcomes and gives examples of other ways to de-emphasize winning.

The Mental Game of Tennis for Young Athletes

May 3, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Bill Mumford, former director of tennis for the U.S. Tennis Association's National Tennis Center, about how to help youth tennis players improve their mental games. He stresses a play-based approach. Beginners should be exposed immediately--but gently--to play and competition so they can begin dealing with the mental pressures right away, he says.

Complimenting Kids for Small Accomplishments

Apr 25, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Rob Gelphman, a baseball coach and former director of marketing for National Youth Sports. He provides tips for boosting kids’ confidence by complimenting them for doing the little things—like backing up the base. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about the significance of rewarding such positive behavior and helping kids focus on what’s important.

Helping Sports Kids Play Instinctively

Mar 19, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interview Adam, the father of a 10-year wrestler who tries too hard to be perfect, then hesitates and over-thinks instead of following his instincts. Sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides tips for sports parents with kids who have trouble playing instinctively. He talks about the importance of knowing what to say to kids before and after games, and how to provide positive feedback.

Helping Kids Focus on the Process--Not The Score

Feb 22, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent interviews Les Harrison, founder of Showtime Athletics, Portland, Ore. and a popular basketball coach, about how to help young athletes--especially perfectionists--focus on the process of playing instead of the score.

Helping Kids Focus on the Process--Not The Score

Feb 22, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent interviews Les Harrison, founder of Showtime Athletics, Portland, Ore. and a popular basketball coach, about how to help young athletes--especially perfectionists--focus on the process of playing instead of the score.

Why Parents Shouldn't Be Sideline Coaches

Feb 6, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews George Klein, a coach with the Positive Coaching Alliance and president of Putnam Youth Basketball in Portland, Ore. about why parents shouldn’t coach from the sidelines. Sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn explains why parents can instill a fear of failure in their young athletes by coaching from the sidelines.

How To Help Kids Play Freely and Intuitively During Games

Jan 15, 2008

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews John, the father of a 6.5-year-old athlete who plays less creatively, intuitively and freely during games. Sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn answers these questions: Why doesn’t the boy perform as well during games? What’s causing him to tighten up and play below his abilities? Why is it so important for kids to trust in the skills they learn in practice and play freely during games? And how can parents help athletes like this young boy have fun and loosen up during games?

Why Moms Need to Be Proactive in Youth Sports

Dec 20, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brooke de Lench, founder of momsteam.com and author of "Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports," about how moms can use their communication and networking skills to address common challenges in youth sports today. Mothers can help kids have more fun, feel more relaxed and avoid psychological and physical injuries. Leading mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn explains why it's so important for kids to have fun and why parents need to communicate well with coaches.

How To Give Feedback to Youth Sports Coaches

Dec 6, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent interviews popular basketball and soccer coach Tony Morones about how parents should give feedback to youth sports coaches--especially when they're upset or frustrated. He tells when and how to approach coaches.

Helping Young Athletes Follow Their Dreams

Nov 29, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent interviews Lela, a sports mom with a high school, Olympic-caliber athlete who ranks nationally in his track event. Her problem: She lives in a small town where the track coach--who has a son on the track team--tries to undermine her son's efforts to train for the Olympics. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn gives tips for helping athletes tune out jealousy and focus on their dreams.

Building Kids' Confidence During Practices

Nov 7, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Marty Schupak, longtime coach and president of Youth Sports Club, about how coaches can run lively practices that build kids’ confidence. He and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn talk about the value of creative and engaging practices. Schupak provides creative ideas for building confidence in less skilled or experienced players. He explains how coaches can mix "skill" drills with “fun” drills that keep the kids engaged. Dr. Cohn explains the difference between athletes’ "practice confidence" and "competitive confidence."

Re-Defining "Winning" To Boost Kids' Confidence

Oct 17, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews David Jacobson of the Positive Coaching Alliance about how youth sports coaches can re-define “winning” in ways that benefit young athletes. He explains why it’s important to focus less on scoring and winning. In addition, he tells how coaches can turn mistakes into learning opportunities. Leading mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn tells why focusing too much on scoring and winning can hurt young athletes’ performance and confidence.

Helping Young Athletes With Negative Feedback

Oct 3, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Mike, the sports dad of an 11-year-old who plays baseball, soccer and basketball. Mike’s son is often singled out by his baseball coach—and teammates—when he makes a mistake. "Mental game" coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary. How can parents help young athletes cope with criticism? When and how should they talk to coaches about their style? What to do when your young athlete worries about what other kids are thinking?

Why Active Athletes Need Balance in Their Lives

Sep 12, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews sportsmom Genma Stringer Holmes about her three active athletes—and the importance of encouraging them to find balance in their lives. Dr. Patrick Cohn explains what happens when kids’ identities are too tied up in sports. He also addresses the dangers of specializing in one sport. Cohn and Holmes provide ideas for encouraging balance.

What Makes A Great Youth Sports Coach?

Aug 17, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. John McCarthy, director of Boston University’s Institute for Athletic Coach Education, about the important role coaches serve in the lives of today’s youth. He describes the qualities of good coaches and explains how coaches and parents can help athletes take responsibility for their own learning. He tells why parents need to be more proactive in today’s youth sports scene. Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary about kids’ “mental game.”

Building Confidence With Mental Imagery

Jul 30, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Dr. Robert Troutwine, founder of Troutwine and Assoc., an industrial psychologist who helps evaluate NFL players. He explains why young athletes should have "highlight reels" in their minds before they play. He also addresses the need for teams to build trust and confidence. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

When The Coach Focuses Too Much On Winning

Jul 10, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Genma Holmes, a sports mom to three athletes. One of her biggest challenges has been dealing with coaches who are too focused on winning and who undermine athletes' confidence. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides advice about how to talk to coaches, how to look for "fear of failure" in young athletes, and why parents should talk to coaches about their philosophy before the season starts.

Helping Athletes Reach Their Potential

Jun 26, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Tom Morin, former personal coach to Olympic swimmer Matt Biondi and author of "No More Broken Eggs." He talks about why young athletes in the U.S. fail to reach their full potential. He explains why parents shouldn't compare their kids to other athletes and how they should build kids' confidence and help develop athletes who are open to feedback. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides commentary.

How To Fill a Young Athlete's Emotional Tank

Jun 9, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews David Jacobson of the Positive Coaching Alliance about how parents and coaches can "fill a young athlete's emotional tank" by giving truthful praises. He explains when it makes sense to provide constructive criticism. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about the importance of listening to sports kids, especially during the drive home after a game.

When Talented Players Face High Expectations

May 16, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Chris, a sports mom whose 8-year-old son is a talented young hockey goalie. He plays goalie so well that his team really depends on him. But lately, these expectations have led him to make excuses for not playing. What should a sports parent do in this situation? Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn provides tips.

How to Help Kids Set Goals in Sports

Apr 25, 2007

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How can parents help their young athletes set goals in sports? At what age should parents tackle this topic with their kids? What should they do to ensure kids follow through with their goals? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Coach Dony Wilcher, program director, Showtime Athletics, and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn about this topic.

How Young Equestrians Cope with Pressure

Mar 19, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Missy Clark, head trainer and owner of North Run Show Stables, Warren, Vermont, about the pressures and dangers her young athletes face. Clark, who trains some of the nation’s top young riders, describes one top performer who excelled at the sport’s “mental game.” Leading sports psychology expert Patrick Cohn explains why some kids excel during games or competitions.

How Competence Builds Confidence in Athletes

Feb 25, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Loren Seagrave, co-founder of Velocity Sports Performance--and a well-known speed and sports performance coach--about the factors that undermine kids’ confidence in sports. Coach Seagrave, who has worked with Olympic and World Championship medalists and Collegiate All-Americans, focuses on the role coaches and parents play in boosting kids' confidence. Leading “mental game” coach Dr. Patrick Cohn explains the difference between “practice” self-confidence and “performance” self-confidence.

What Parents Should Say During The Drive Home

Feb 14, 2007

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Why and how do parents un-do a coach's lessons during the drive home from a game? How do parents undermine teamwork during the drive home? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brian Gardner, successful youth hockey coach and Program Coordinator of Student Involvement, Maryville University of Saint Louis. Gardner explains how well-meaning parents make these mistakes. Mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn tells parents what's best for young athletes during the drive home.

When Everyone is Jealous of Your Kid's Talent

Feb 1, 2007

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews mental game coach Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. and Wendy Bruce Martin, a former gymnast and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal winner about how, as a teen, she dealt with others' jealousy of her success. Now a sports mom, Wendy also tells how she deals with others' jealousy of her own talented sports kids, who are also gymnasts.

Kids Shouldn't Focus on Opponents' Assets

Nov 8, 2006

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Sports mom Julia Dreyer and mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn tell why young athletes should not focus on their competitors' strengths before and during competitions. They explain what kids should focus on, instead.

If Your Child's Coach Plays Favorites

Sep 17, 2006

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What should parents do if their child's or teen's coach favors certain players? In this episode of Ultimate Sports Parent Radio, mental game expert Dr. Patrick Cohn and Dony Wilcher, program director for Showtime Athletics, give helpful tips.

The Young Athlete Worries About What Coach Thinks

Jun 14, 2006

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What should a parent or coach do when a young athlete worries too much about what the coach thinks of him or her? Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn, basketball coach Dony Wilcher (program director for Showtime Athletics) and sports parent Brad Tibbett about this common problem. Cohn and Wilcher provide tips.

Playing Time in Child and Teen Athletes

May 19, 2006

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews leading "mental game" coach Dr. Patrick Cohn, along with Coach Les Harrison, founder of Showtime Athletics, about how playing time affects confidence in young athletes--and what parents should do if their athlete isn't getting enough playing time.

Fear of Failure in Child & Teen Athletes

May 9, 2006

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews coach Dony Wilcher, program coordinator for Showtime Athletics, and "mental game coach" Dr. Patrick Cohn about fear of failure in teen and child athletes--and what coaches and parents can do about it.

Building Confidence in Young Athletes1

Apr 28, 2006

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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio (www.youthsportspsychology .com), which aims to instill confidence and success in child and teen athletes, interviews sports parents, youth coaches, trainers and others about sports parenting. Leading sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn provides tips for sports parents and coaches about how they can help young athletes boost their "mental game" in sports.