Episode #43: Can You Emotionally Disconnect From Your Athlete’s Sports

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:

if your child didn’t want to play anymore, could you happily help them hang up their uniform?

Are you able to emotionally disconnect from your athlete’s sports journey? What’s the risk if you can’t?

In today’s huddle, I talk with Lou Birdt about surrendering our adult agendas in youth sports and creating a better experience for our young athletes.

Lou is a former professional baseball player, sports dad and founder and CEO of YSPN360.com, a company that manages one of the internet’s largest educational and instructional websites for youth sports.

Lou’s mission is to empower others through the sports they play. That’s a great mission, right? You can be part of that mission, too! Listen in to learn more!

Lou and I discuss…

  • Who he is and why he started YSPN360.com
  • Why a linear sports journey is a myth and parents should embrace the process over the outcome.
  • Why it’s so important for coaches and parents to have empathy over instruction when coaching youth sports.
  • What 3 things are causing athletes to walk away from sports earlier than ever before?
  • Why asking this question is so important: Can I emotionally disconnect from my athlete’s sports journey and why does it matter?
  • How can we help the majority of positive, productive sports parents drown out the negativity?
  • What do you hope to accomplish through YSPN360?


Meet Lou Birdt

I’m one of the founders and the CEO of YSPN360.com. I was fortunate to have played college baseball and a summer of professional baseball. Though I didn’t reach the big leagues, I experienced more of the game than most and I’m grateful for that. When I started my business career I knew I wanted to coach and help others reach their goals.

My coaching career has allowed me to coach players at every level including youth ball, high school, college players and I used to train major league and minor league players during their off season. During this time, I struck up friendships with more experienced coaches who were more knowledgeable and mentored me in ways to make a difference in the lives of the players I worked with. Over time, it became easy for me to call them if I had a problem or a team that wasn’t “getting it”. They were always ready to help, because that’s what coaching is all about.

This was the inspiration for YSPN360.com. A place where any player, coach or parent could find advice, ideas, practice techniques, drills, and more from the very best coaches/mentors. We set out to provide a comprehensive resource for players, parents, and coaches that they could access anytime, anywhere, even during practice. We are assembling the best available information to help them on their journey through youth sports, starting with baseball and softball and adding more sports throughout this year.

Links & References:

Please check out the website YSPN360.com


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If you have a question about today’s episode (or want to ask a question of your own for the podcast), you can email me at beth@sportsmomsunited.com or head on over to the  Sports Moms United Facebook Community

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