#042 Off the Pitch with Active: 3 Teens impacting youth sport


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A world first youth sport podcast episode with 3 teens, 2 girls and 1 boy. It is always adults who tell us what kids & Teens want in sport, but how about speaking to them directly and listen to what they have to say.

In this episode, I have found 2 amazing 15 & 16 year old girls from here in Adelaide, Australia and a 16 year old boy from New Jersey, USA.

We are kicking off with Brandon Shintani, Brandon is a student at Ridgewood High School, in New Jersey and is the Sports and Wellness Columnist for his high school paper and much more.

After Brandon, I like to introduce you to Lucy Benn. Lucy is in year 11 and we will discuss her findings in her SACE project. She asks, “What are the psychological reasons girls leave sport?”

My last teen age guest is Emily Gail, it is an old recording never released, but it is perfect for this episode. Emily was 15 when I spoke to her, and she refereed U18 boys’ soccer. She also plays soccer and Futsal.

She is now 18 and I have seen her referee seniors, she still plays both soccer and Futsal.

If you are a girl aspiring to play a sport, or you are a parent with a girl who wants to play sport, this is a brilliant ending to this episode. So, sit down grab a coffee, enjoy, and learn something new starting with Brandon,

Overview: 75:30 min episode

01:40 Brief intro of the 3 teens

03:15 Brandon Shintani’s brief background

04:45 Welcoming Brandon and he talks about when he started and what he is doing.

08:15 Brandon “Honestly I only played sport to have fun and make friends” He also said he have friends playing on a very high level.

12:20 How is Brandon’s parents supporting him in sport, but he also had support outside his family.

15:45 Major injury stopped his sport at 15-Where is support now when motivation was so hard to find?

23:00 Some great mindful advice from Brandon and final thoughts

28:50 Wrapping up with Brandon

29:55 Introducing Lucy and she talks about her start in sport around 2-3 years of age playing with her older brothers😉.

30:30 Lucy explain her school research project of why girls quit sport.

34:55 How did other girls in her school respond to her questions. Take note on the response.

38:28 Lucy gives great advice to us parents.

39:10 Body image and impact in sport.

44:00 School & sport balance

48:30 I asked Lucy how she feel about parents yelling and how it impacts her performance.

53:20 Suggestions on how to fix the issue and to make it more fun.

60:15 Introducing Emily and we chat about her involvement in sport as a referee and player.

63:00 Challenging moments for a teenage referee

Show notes: www.yellowforyelling.com