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Mike White: Communication Is Key

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Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to have worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance to create this podcast and other powerful resources.

This podcast series features Positive Coaching Alliance staff interviewing prominent former athletes, coaches and general managers. Each episode, these influential stars share insights from their own sports careers. Listen in as they talk about filling emotional tanks, bouncing back from mistakes, staying motivated through long seasons to continually give 100% effort, and how they translated their sports experience to invaluable life lessons.

Here, Syer talks to former ASA Player of the Year and current Head Coach of the University of Oregon softball team Mike White (@CoachWhite_UO). Mike provides insight to parents on how to coach their child. He also emphasizes the importance of encouraging youth athletes not to be afraid to practice something they are not good at, and the importance of communication between a coach and a youth athlete. Here's where you'll find Mike talking about featured topics:

  • Mistakes- 11:22
  • Parent/Coach Conflict- 19:55
  • Coaching Own Child- 21:55

Syer is the former President of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission of helping to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. PCA served as the experts behind the Liberty Mutual Play Positive™ program.

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