Changing the game in youth sports – TEDx video
Posted by Dean Holden at August 27th, 2014
by John O’Sullivan, 20 June 2014
Changing the game in youth sports: John O’Sullivan (video)
John O’Sullivan is the founder of the Change the Game Project, a US-based initiative to “return youth sports to our children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.'” O’Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O’Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture. After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers in Bend, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports back to Our Kids. His writing has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine and The Soccer Wire.
- The single greatest effect on performance is an athlete’s state of mind.
- Youth sports used to be about children competing against other children; now it is often adults competing against other adults through their children.
- Children play sports because it is fun; winning comes in way down the list.
- Children quit sports when they don’t get to play, and when winning becomes more important than enjoyment.
- 90 percent of children would rather play on a losing team than sit the bench on a winning team.
- Competition is important, but being competitive comes from putting the needs and priorities of our children first.
- We can all start changing youth sports for the better by learning five simple words (watch to learn what they are).
(Courtesy NZ Coach / Sport NZ)