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Episode #23: Empathic Parenting & Other Tools to Support Your Athlete

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Episode #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.

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Episode #20: Sue Enquist, OneSoftball.com, 11-Time National Champion Softball Coach & Player

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Episode #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!

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Episode #19: My Kid Got Cut- Now What?

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Episode #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.

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Episode #18: Jason Booher, US Navy SEAL on the Power of Adversity

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Episode #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.)

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Episode #16: HS Coach Jamal Adams, Two time CIF Basketball Coach of the Year

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Episode #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. 

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Episode #13: Channing Frye: The Mindset of an NBA Champion

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Episode #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.

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Episode #12: Three Tips to Help Your Athlete Hardwire Her Intuition

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Episode #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. 

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Episode #10: Chris McGee: Emmy Award-Winning Spectrum Sports Anchor for the Los Angeles Lakers

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Episode #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!

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Episode #8: Tim Doyle: College of William & Mary: Guide for Recruits to Ask Great Questions

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Episode #8: Tim Doyle: College of William & Mary: Guide for Recruits to Ask Great Questions

In today's episode, we have the Head Women's Volleyball Coach from the D1 program, The College of William and Mary. We went deep on the recruiting process and how it works from a "birds eye" view. We have also compiled a guide of questions to ask if you are a student athlete who is looking for their next coach (could be at the high school, club or college level).  Tim is full of wonderful insight and ideas on what he looks for in finding a great fit for your teen.

*To get the FREE Guide for Recruits to ask Coaches Great Questions, please go to KirstenJonesInc.com and click on the Resources tab, you can download it for free.

 

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Episode #5: Joe Abunassar: Impact Bball Founder: From Bobby Knight's manager to training NBA legends

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Episode #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.

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