#089- John O’Sullivan: Changing The Game
There’s a chance that I may have been, once or twice, that guy at a youth sporting event who gets overly worked up and yells at the refs, players and worse – the other parents.
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one…
The truth is that youth sports in the US has exploded into a multi-billion-dollar business that is taking over the lives of millions of kids across the country.
Today’s guest, John O’Sullivan (@coachjohnnyo) helps us understand the impact our obsession with youth sports is having on our children and the family.
He provides practical advice for getting our arms around this challenge and developing a healthier perspective.
John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. He is the author of the #1 bestselling books:
- Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids
- Is it Wise to Specialize?
John is has spoken for TEDx (watch), is regular contributor for SoccerWire.com, has been featured Soccer America, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications, and is the host of Way of Champions, a podcast connecting the top minds in sports, coaching and leadership to build championship programs for athletes.
John has been a keynote speaker for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, US Lacrosse, USA Football, and numerous other events for coaches, parents and youth sports organizations, throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.