By Kirsten Jones and Susie Walton
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Sports Parenting podcast. Kirsten Jones and Susie Walton interview coaches, parents, athletes and trainers about everything youth sports.
||CleanEpisode #24: Austin Hatch- Adversity is Opportunity||Austin Hatch is a survivor. A two-time plane crash survivor, he epitomizes what it means to be resilient. In 2003, at the age of 8, Austin’s mother, sister and brother were tragically killed plane crash. Eight years later, with many hours of hard work, the 6’6” basketball phenom was offered a college scholarship from his dream school, University of Michigan. Just nine days later, Austin would be aboard a plane with his father and “second mother” (he never considered her a step-mom) and this plane too would go down, killing both his parents and leaving Austin in a coma with severe injuries including traumatic brain injury. Today, I was so honored to speak with Austin and hear him talk about how he made it to the University of Michigan through tireless work, unrelenting positivity that “a miracle is going to happen” and belief that he was truly blessed to have had all of his amazing family members in his life. We can learn so much from Austin’s outlook as we parent and raise adults about what it means to be optimistic, even in darkest of times and what the belief in yourself and gratitude for the gifts you have been given can do for you.||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #23: Empathic Parenting & Other Tools to Support Your Athlete||Are you a sympathetic parent or an empathic parent? When your child “falls in a hole”, ie, he gets cut from a team, didn’t get the playing time he hoped he get, had a bad game, lost, do you “jump in the hole” with him or do you stand near “the hole” (proverbially hole, of course), ask good questions and see how you could help by witnesses his pain. In today’s episode, Kirsten and Susie talk about several tools we find helpful when parents contact us to ask how best to help their child in a moment of crisis. Kirsten also shared a four step process to help your teen learn ANY NEW SKILL. Check it out, try it out and please, let us know how it goes! We love hearing from you. Please feel free to rate and share this podcast on iTunes. Do you know another sports parent who could use some support in their journey to raising not only strong athletes but extraordinary kids. We’d be so grateful if you shared it with them.||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #22: Derek Cox, Former NFL Cornerback, It's All About Balance||Derek Cox was a D1 athlete who had never really considered playing pro football until a scout came to see him play in his senior year in college and told him he could become a “Priority Free Agent”…. Derek said he wasn’t exactly sure what that was, but liked the sound of it. Because he wasn’t a First Round pick, Derek worked tirelessly with the hopes of landing a spot in the NFL…which he did. We spoke about the journey and and through the pro’s and now that he’s retired and raising his son with his wife, how have his ambitions and dreams shifted and what did he learn along the way which is helping him with his current dream of finishing his MBA and becoming an agent for players who are just arriving into the league. It’s all about Balance is a theme for Derek. And while he talks about pursuing excellence with such clarity in everything he does from how he works out, to what he eats to who he surrounds himself with, he also is very aware that it takes balance to make it all happen. For anyone with a teen athlete who aspires to make the team at the next level, whatever that may be— MS, High School or college, this is worth the listen.||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #21: Slay the Day with These Five Rituals||One of the greatest gifts we can give this next generations (and ourselves) in the gift of inner peace. What if your child could possess a knowing that whatever they encounter, good or bad, they will be ok? Rates of depression and anxiety are sky-rocketing. So much of it is caused by the fear of the unknown, the panic of the question that arises in everyone’s head, “What if I’m not enough?” Susie and I give tools in this episode (good for parents to use, too!) to quiet the negative self-talk and create a daily routine which puts you on purpose for your dreams, goals and desires. Perfect for the holidays when you need to decompress! XOXOXO Kirsten & Susie||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #20: Sue Enquist, OneSoftball.com, 11-Time National Champion Softball Coach & Player||Sue Enquist was UCLA Softball’s first All-American, National Champion, and Hall of Famer. In 2006, Enquist wrapped up a 27-year career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins with a 887-175-1 (.835) record, making her the winningest softball coach among all active coaches. On today’s episode we discussed how twelve years after retirement, softball is still her passion and through her business OneSoftball.com, they are helping inspire the player, organize the parent and educate the coach. She is a wealth of knowledge on what “micro behaviors” as she calls them, make athletes successful and has tips for parents on how best to support their athletes at every stage of their development. You’ll love learning from Sue, we sure did!||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #19: My Kid Got Cut- Now What?||My kid got cut- now what!? Kirsten and Susie discuss what happens when our athlete gets cut… no matter what the level, whether it’s the middle school team or the varsity team or even at the college or pro level. They discuss the three different approaches we can take as parents to support them, which will give him/her the opportunity to feel the pain and move through it, together.||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #18: Jason Booher, US Navy SEAL on the Power of Adversity||This week on the #RaisingAthletes Podcast, we are excited to have United States Navy SEAL veteran, Jason Booher on. While he is currently the leader of the management consulting firm, Northwest Harbor Solutions, Booher served 23 years as a commander in the SEALS, leading teams in everything from basic SEAL training, i.e., BUD/S to commanding hundreds of combat operations as well as driving integration of cross-functional intelligence teams. He currently serves as an advisor to the local Southern California public sector as well as at the most senior levels of U.S. Congress, professional teams including the LA Dodgers and at RedBull High Performance, as well as is a guest lecturer at Harvard and MIT on Leadership. Jason's life experience as a leader in one of the US military's most exclusive and rigorous branches makes him the perfect person to talk to when we want to know more about raising resilient, gritty, hard-working kids. He shares some incredible insights which are completely transferrable to the coaching/playing world for how to build peak performance teams! (Hint: it starts with accountability from within.)||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #17: Alex Popp: What is a Post-Grad Year & Why Would you Take that Path?||What is a post-grad year? And why would a student athlete choose to take this path? Today we discuss what the benefits are of an athlete taking an extra year to prepare for college and what the potential upside can be. Alex Popp (pronounced Pope) is in his fifth season as Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Vermont Academy. During Popp's time at the Academy, the program has matriculated student-athletes to Harvard, UChicago, Vanderbilt, Butler, Tufts, Arizona, Colby, Louisville, Carnegie Mellon and many more. In 2018, Coach Popp's program produced an NBA player (Bruce Brown, class of 2016 of VA) and a McDonald's All-American (Simisola Shittu, class of 2018 of VA, now at Vanderbilt). Under Popp's tenure in 2016, the Wildcats won the prestigious New England Prep School Championship, and he was named New England Coach of the Year. Since 2015, Popp has sent 25 student-athletes to play NCAA college basketball.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #16: HS Coach Jamal Adams, Two time CIF Basketball Coach of the Year||Jamal Adams has twice been named CIF Division Coach of the Year, as well as being awarded the prestigious National Double Goal Coach of the Year, given by the Positive Coaching Alliance in 2009. Over the last 12 years as the Loyola HS Head Basketball Coach, the Cubs have won 7 league titles, have been ranked in the top 25 nationally four times, earned five state tournament berths and one CIF Southern Section Title. With the basketball season rapidly approaching, we spoke today about getting prepared for try-outs for the high school season, tips for successfully making the transition from middle school to high school and what he looks for in his players both on and off the court.||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #15: Gary Trudell||Today we discuss a topic we often take for granted when we think of peak performance, SLEEP. Gary Trudell, who’s family has owned the Custom Comfort Mattress Company here in Southern California for the last 35 years, and who is a father of three teen athletes himself, understands the importance of young athletes getting good sleep to not only help their growing bodies produce much needed (HGH) Human Growth Hormone, but also to repair injuries, to help the brain continue to develop and last but not least, to retain new learning. One of the fun facts about his company, is that they work with a lot of pro athletes and because of their size, they have special requirements so they make a special 8 x10’ bed to accommodate those 6’8” plus athletes. How cool would that be to have one of those? We spoke about the Five Ways Teen Athletes Suffer When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep and the fascinating study of the Stanford men’s basketball team, which shows the direct correlation between sleep and an increase in performance, both on the field/court and in the classroom. We wrap it up with Gary giving us some tips to help get to sleep faster and then once you are asleep, to stay asleep longer. Our teenagers should be getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night. And unlike your cell phone bill, there are no “roll-overs”, if you miss it one night, it doesn’t help to sleep twice as long the next We learned a lot about importance of getting good Zzzz’s. Please enjoy!||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #14: Dr. Tommy John, Author of Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance||Dr. Tommy John, son of renowned Major League baseball pitcher, Tommy John Jr, who played in the league for 26 years, was the first person to come back in 1974 from the revolutionary surgery (which was subsequently named after him) which allowed him to continuing playing baseball for an additional 16 years. Dr. Tommy John, like his father, also played baseball, and it was after a career ending shoulder injury, he went back to school to get his Master's Degree in Health & Human Sciences, so he could help all athletes on their journey to whole health. Today we discussed the importance of giving our young athletes rest, proper nutrition and how to proactively raise a healthy athlete who can minimize injury over time. Dr Tommy has a proven four step method to help athletes RETHINK, REPLENISH, REBUILD and RECOVER.||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #13: Channing Frye: The Mindset of an NBA Champion||This week on #RaisingAthletes, we speak with former Cleveland Cavalier NBA Champion, Channing Frye. He discusses the importance of trying things other than basketball. For example, his first passion was the trumpet. He lays down what he looks for in an ideal teammate and who he aspires to be as one. We discuss mindset and what it takes to make it at every level, how you need to show up, even when or especially when things don’t go our way. At the very end, he shares with us Lebron’s secret weapon to success… it’s so good he uses it too! If you are finding our podcast helpful, we’d be so grateful if you’d pop over to iTunes and write a review and share us with your other sports parenting friends.||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #12: Three Tips to Help Your Athlete Hardwire Her Intuition||This week on #Raising Athletes, Kirsten Jones & Susie Walton discuss the power of intrinsically driven athletes and share three tips to help your athlete hardwire his/her intuition. As parents, when we allow our children to grow their own intuition, their intrinsic awareness, competence and confidence grows over time. The more adept we as parents get at letting go of trying to control the outcome of each situation, and agree to just "lean back" and be supportive, the more our athletes are able to grow their resilience, grit, and overcome set-backs.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #11: Audrey Monke: Why Your Athlete Should Go To A Sleepaway Camp This Summer||This week on #RaisingAthletes, Audrey Monke, the Director of Gold Arrow Camp, Mother of five and speaker and writer of Sunshine-Parenting.com, spoke with Kirsten about the importance of giving your athlete some time away from their sport and the other benefits of sleep away camp, like making real lasting connections (without any devices), having some alone time and facing fears that they don't get a chance to work through in their every day lives!||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #10: Chris McGee: Emmy Award-Winning Spectrum Sports Anchor for the Los Angeles Lakers||This week on #RaisingAthletes, we get to go DEEEEP with legendary Pro Beach Volleyball/AVP announcer, former coach of five National Championship club volleyball teams and former co-Captain of the Cal State Northridge the Men's '93 Championship title match Volleyball team current anchor of the Emmy Award winning Spectrum Sports Los Angeles Lakers Show. We discuss his path to broadcasting (hint: it started in his backyard), how his athletic journey flowed beautifully into his dream career and his advice to parents with young athletes who are begging for your attention/support. This is an amazing interview- we took notes!||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #9: Danielle Scott-Arruda: Five-time Volleyball Olympian||We are thrilled to have three time first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, 1993 National Player of the Year, in which she led the Long Beach 49ers to the NCAA National Championship, the Honda Sports Award recipient. She was the first Big-West student-athlete to earn all-conference accolades in both volleyball AND basketball and tried out for the WNBA three times. Listen in to hear more about her mindset, how she overcomes when things don't go her way and how she approaches parenting her 8yr old daughter.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #8: Tim Doyle: College of William & Mary: Guide for Recruits to Ask Great Questions||Guide for Recruits to Ask Better Questions||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #7: D'Wayne Edwards: Founder of Pensole Ftwr Design Company & Former Creative Director of Brand Jordan||Wait, You Can Get Paid to Do THAT?!||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #6: Jennifer Petrie: University of San Diego Women's Volleyball Coach||This week, Kirsten interviews former William & Mary Hall of Fame, college teammate, Jennifer Petrie, who has coached an led the Women Toreros for the last 20 years. A four-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Petrie attracts and develops some of the top talent in the country. We discussed her coaching path, her mentors and her role from the other side of the net, as a parent of a teen volleyball athletes||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #5: Joe Abunassar: Impact Bball Founder: From Bobby Knight's manager to training NBA legends||This week Kirsten speaks with the founder of Impact Bball, Joe Abunassar. His passion is helping teens and pro basketball athletes reach peak performance. As an Ironman competitor himself, he understands what it takes to perform at the highest level: nutritionally, mentally and physically. Joe talks about the craziness of youth sports and what to do to healthfully support your teen in their sports journey.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #4: Without Failure, Who Would You Be?||Without Failure, Who Would You Be?||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #3: How to Help Your Teen Athlete Create Strong Habits||In today's episode, Kirsten Jones and Susie Walton discuss why most of us have already broken our New Year's resolutions and how we can help our teens build keystone habits.||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #2: Gymnastics isn't the only place this is happening||Kirsten and Susie talk about the sentencing given to USA Gymnastics most trusted doctor who molested over 140 gymnasts over decades. How we can help teach our kids to advocate for themselves and the 4 Guiding Principles parents can use to help their athlete. 1) Build self-confidence, 2) Use your voice, 3) Establish your boundaries, 4) Advocate for yourself. #RaisingAthletes Podcast RSS||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I have been searching for a podcast that helps me encourage my athlete the best way I can- THIS IS IT! Thank you so much for being so wise and explaining in detail the do’s and do nots!!
Informative and thoughtful
I just listened to Alex about the PG year. Being from the west coast, it’s not something I knew a lot about. I found it very informative! Thank you!
Great for parents of athletes!
Are you raising an athlete? Kirsten and Susie offer important advice for parents raising kids who are gifted athletically. From their own experience, and through interviews with professional athletes, coaches, and others with vast experience in athletics and youth development, they share wisdom and ideas for keeping your child's athletics in perspective and raising great people - not just great athletes!