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#245 NYT Bestselling Author David Epstein: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World in Sports, School and Life (replay)

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David Epstein (@DaviidEpstein) is the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He is also one of the smartest and most fascinating people to talk to when it comes to ideas about nature vs nurture in sports, the 10,000 hour myth, multi-movement vs single sport specialization, and more. This interview was first recorded when Range was released in 2019, and is such an amazing conversation we had to share it again.    Highlights from the Podcast:
  • The debate between Epstein and Gladwell, and why the 10,000 rule is wrong
  • “Breadth of training predicts breadth of transfer”
  • “Teaching with hints”
  • How to use “spacing” to increase learning
  • Why current performance is not a good indication of learning
  • Sport sampling and the fear of leaving the “sports pipeline”
  • The world’s finest youth academy is not the best developmental system
  • The diversity of movement and lowering the chance of overuse injury
  • The true meaning of GRIT and the studies that explain it
Resources Mentioned:
  • The debate between Epstein and Gladwell [video]
  • Joy of the People [article]
  • Relative age at U17 euros [article]
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman [book]
  • The Talent Lab: The secret to finding, creating and sustaining success by Simon Timson [book]
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth [book]
Connect with David Epstein

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  • Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes!
  • A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron.
  • Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time
  • Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.

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    #249 Raymond Atteveld, Dutch Professional Soccer Coach: "Be Brave Enough to Give Young Players a Chance"

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    Raymond Atteveld is a retired professional soccer player, enjoying a long career at stops such as Everton, West Ham and Bristol City in the UK, along with Haarlem, Vitesse and FC Groningen in Holland. He began his coaching journey as an assistant coach at ADO Den Haag, and has since enjoyed head coaching roles in Holland, Cyprus and Israel. He has also spent time as an Academy Director, Technical Director and Performance Director at various clubs, and has been influenced by mentors such as Johann Cruyff, Louis Van Gaal, and many others top coaches. In our conversation today, we discuss his coaching and playing influences, his passion for integrating young players into the first team of professional clubs, and the importance of authenticity in coaching. Atteveld is a coach who has played and coached at the highest level and his insights into the player/coach relationship are fascinating.  This week's podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams.  Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you've been looking for a true business partner – not just another app - check them out today at sprocketsports.com. Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes! A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron. Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past four years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions
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    #248 Stuart Armstrong: A Conversation with The Talent Equation Host About the Latest Developments in Coaching Education

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    This week we welcome back Stuart Armstrong (@stu_arm) to the podcast. Stuart is the Head of Coaching for Sport England and the host of one of our favorite podcasts, The Talent Equation., He spends his days helping to elevate the coaching profession, develop educational pathways for grassroots coaches, and so much more. This is his third solo visit to the podcast (Episodes 16 and 113). Prior to Sport England, he was the Player Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union. He is one of the world’s top experts on player development pathways and skill acquisition, and has helped thousands of coaches in the UK create better learning environments and develop deeper relationships with their players. His sports coaching experience is in golf, cricket, field hockey, rugby, and soccer, and to this day he is coaching 14 year old boys in rugby and cricket. He leverages the knowledge gained from the various sports he has coached to help create multi-sport, player-focused training programs that assist athletes in not only developing solid skill foundations but great off-field skills to help them succeed in life. In our conversation today we touch on a variety of topics, ranging from developments in coach education to whether sport is fundamentally good or not. We talk about some of the best things we each have learned on our respective podcasts, and how we implement them in our own daily coaching.  You can follow Stuart's work at the following links: Website: http://www.thetalentequation.co.uk/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartarmstrong/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stu_arm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetalentequation.co.uk  Today’s Podcast is brought to you by the 2021 Way of Champions Conference. The conference videos have been made into an online course and are now available here: Click Here to Learn More. This includes sessions with Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, Cindy Timchal, Jenny Levy, George Mumford, Tara VanDerveer, and Quin Snyder along with Anson Dorrance. It is hours of top level coach education on connecting with your athletes, building your culture, and winning the “Inner Game.” Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including: Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes! A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron. Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences. Thank you for all your support these past four years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level. https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions

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