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Coaches Trusting Athletes And Parents Is About Believability, Not Ability

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John O'Sullivan (@coachjohnnyo) 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 and Is it Wise to Specialize? John is also a regular contributor for, and his writing has been featured in many publications including The Huffington Post and Soccer America.

O'Sullivan talks about how many young coaches think that getting parents and players to trust them is all about the ability of the coach. In actuality, trust is so much more than that. It is built on the believability, dependability, and ability to connect with each other. Trust takes a lot to earn, but it is the cornerstone of every successful team and experience in sports.