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Nate Baldwin

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77: Insights on Youth Sports | Nate Baldwin

Love What You Play

Nathan Baldwin has spent over 17 years engaged in developing quality sport programs for all ages - advocating for inclusion, progressive skill development, quality coaching, and lifelong enjoyment of the game. His ability to develop and facilitate a cohesive program culture has led to the delivery of nationally renowned, high-engagement, growth-oriented recreational sports programs. Table of Contents 0:00 - Intro 3:07 - Free play 9:17 - A fast-paced life 13:08 - Reluctance about a return to play 30:41 - Community 44:32 - What feels right 53:55 - What’s next? 58:24 - Outro The interview featured on this episode of the Love What You Play podcast originally debuted on the For the Love of the Game Summer Virtual Summit 2020. To learn more about our upcoming summits and events with featured speakers, head to fortheloveofthegame.ca/events

1hr 1min

26 Oct 2020

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#167 What is the Purpose of Youth Sports? A Fireside Chat with Joe Ehrmann, Jody Redman, Nate Baldwin and Bev Smith

Way of Champions Podcast

This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome Joe Ehrmann, Jody Redman, Nate Baldwin and Bev Smith for an incredible cup of virtual coffee as we dive into what the purpose of youth sports is and what we should do when sports start back up. We discuss how the pandemic will change the demand of Youth Sports, how program directors can layer in character development curriculum, and how to create a trickle down effect so that youth coaches create athletes that want to keep coming back.    Read below for the bios of our fantastic panel:  Jody Redman is a nationally recognized facilitator and speaker. She is a former collegiate basketball player and has served as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director, Administrator at both the high school and collegiate levels.  Jody carries a dual portfolio as Associate Director for the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative. Jody oversees Minnesota’s education program for 500 member high schools that includes a professional development program, continuing education requirement and ongoing support and outreach. Her leadership skills and passion for education-based-athletics led her to develop an extensive curriculum called WHY WE PLAY, intended to redirect the focus of the win-at-all-costs sports culture.  Twitter @ISOInitiative and email at info@insideoutinitiative.org   Joe Ehrmann is the critically acclaimed author ofInsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. He was an All American football player, was named to Syracuse University’s All-Century Team, lettered in lacrosse and received the Arents Award, SU’s Most Distinguished Alumni honor for his contributions to society.  Joe played professional football for 13 years and was named Baltimore Colt’s Man of the Year.  He was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award Recipient, and named “The Most Important Coach in America” by Parade Magazine. The Institute chose him as one of The Most Influential Sports Educators in America for International Sport. Joe also the subject of New York Times Best-Seller,Season of Life:  A Football Star, a Boy, A Journey to Manhood. Among many other awards, the Baltimore Business Journal selected him as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment.  He was the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year and the Frederick Douglass National Man of the Year award recipient for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence. Twitter: @JoeEhrmann76 and email at info@insideoutinitiative.org   Nate Baldwin is an experienced recreation programmer and advocate for inclusive, high quality youth sport experiences.  From 2014 to 2020, Nate led the revitalization of the Appleton (WI) Parks & Recreation youth sports program.  Through the development and delivery of a program vision centered on core values of inclusion, skill development, balance, and lifelong enjoyment of sport, the Appleton P&R youth sports program grew by an astonishing 75% during Nate’s tenure, reversing multiple years of participation decline that mirrored national trends.  This work culminated in recognition as an inaugural Aspen Institute Project Play Champion in 2018, and guest appearances with the Changing the Game Project, as well as their hosted “Way of Champions” podcast. Prior to serving in Appleton and committing to his passion for youth sport, Nate created and managed an adult social sports business in Denver, CO (Western Alternative Sports Assn.), which in 10 years, elevated from startup to one of the largest independent recreation providers in the state, and was featured on the Discovery Channel series “Wreckreation Nation” in 2009. In addition to his appearances with Changing the Game Project and Project Play, Nate also serves as a regular speaker, presenter and writer at  the regional and national level, sharing insight, advice and best practices with all who seek to redefine and deliver a better youth sports experience.   Twitter: @nbaldwin75 and email at nbaldwin1975@gmail.com.     Beverly Smith is a Canadian basketball player and coach. Smith played college basketball at the Oregon Ducks, where she was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American in 1981 and 1982. Smith is a former Oregon student-athlete who coached and played in the Olympics, Smith is an exemplary teacher of the game. A Salmon Arm, B.C., native, she served as the Canadian National Team women’s coach from 1997 to 2001 before former UO assistant coach Allison McNeill took over those reins in October 2001. Most recently, she served as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2016 Rio Games.  Twitter: @kidsportsbev and email at bevs@kidsports.org   Listen on, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher   Highlights from the Podcast: What has this great “pause” in youth sports brought to attention? How do we know when we as parents are giving our child the best chance to succeed? What are the opportunities for HS athletes during this time? Sports should “complement, not consume our lives" How will the pandemic change the demand of Youth Sports? What will sports look like with all the new restraints? How can program directors layer in character development? Do organizations know the “why” they do what they do? “Youth sports should be a delivery system for character development curriculum." What are the outcomes of character development and transformational coaching?  "Character can’t be taught, it must be modeled." Do we clearly define what a coach’s expectations are as the leader of that team? How to grow a program that includes ongoing coach training Do volunteer coaches want training and how do you keep them coming back? Creating a new scoreboard for assessing coaches and defining success What happens when a coach pushes back on teaching character development, aka “Resistors" “To be a better coach, you need to be a better you." How do you create a trickle down effect so that youth coaches create athletes that want to keep coming back? With no youth sport governing body, how do we make changes nationwide? What happens when public park and rec associations are actively shying away from growth and change? Can we be more proactive with organizations to provide opportunities for athletes to participate in sport? How do we spread the message that physical play is not just for the physical, but the social-emotional benefits    Four Questions every coach should consider, from InsideOut Coaching: Why do you coach? Why do you coach the way you coach? How does it feel to be coached by you? How do you define success?   Resources Mentioned Registration for Coaching Mentorship LIVE Course starting May 19th Episode #100 “Every Child is One Relationship Away from a Successful Life:” A Lesson on Transformational Coaching from Joe Ehrmann and Jody Redman of the InSideOut Initiative Episode #85 How to Transform the Culture of Your Youth Sports Program with Nate Baldwin, Appleton Parks and Recreation Sports Coordinator The insideOut Initiative https://www.kidsports.org/   Help Support the Podcast! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses.    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 the podcasts, so you don't have to crash your car trying to take notes! A monthly discussion with John, James, Jerry, and other special guests talking about the previous month's episodes and answering some of the FAQs we received that month A code to get free access to our online course called "Coaching Mastery," usually a $97 course, but yours for free for becoming a patron. 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 two 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

1hr 17mins

17 May 2020

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#85 How to Transform the Culture of Your Youth Sports Program with Nate Baldwin, Appleton Parks and Recreation Sports Coordinator

Way of Champions Podcast

Across the board, youth sports participation rates are dropping and coach retention is extremely low, yet Appleton recreation is seeing an average of 60% increase in participation across its four biggest sports and coach retention is 90%. What are they doing differently? Show Notes 1:00 Nate’s backstory 12:30 If we are in it for the benefit of the kids, most solutions are obvious 16:00 Nate explains how the cultural change came out of the consistent core values 23:00 Appleton’s Core Value #1: Inclusion 30:00 Core Value #2: Intentional Skill Development 39:00 Core Value #3: Family Balance 44:15 Core Value #4: Promoting Lifelong Enjoyment of Sport 56:00 The data behind Appleton’s success Getting in Touch Email: nate.baldwin@appleton.org Twitter: @NBaldwin75 Appleton Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AppletonParkRec Appleton Instagram: @Appleton_Park_Rec About Nate Baldwin has been a Recreation Programmer for the City of Appleton Parks & Recreation department since 2014, and has helped lead the revitalization of the department’s youth sports program.  By committing to a program philosophy that highlights inclusion, skill development and lifelong enjoyment of sports amongst its core values, APRD youth sports programs have grown by an astonishing 60% since 2014, despite a 10 year national trend of participation decline.  In October 2018, the APRD youth sports program was nationally recognized as an inaugural Project Play Champion by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program.  Prior to joining APRD and committing his energy to youth sports, Nate created and managed an adult recreation business in Denver, CO called Western Alternative Sports Association, which in 10 years, went from startup to one of the largest independent recreation providers in the state.  Nate co-hosts a monthly segment on WHBY radio in Appleton / Green Bay, WI, discussing local and national youth sports topics, and his work has been featured nationally by John O’Sullivan’s “Changing the Game Project” in 2018, by the Discovery Channel’s “Wreckreation Nation” in 2009, and by the Sports Business Journal in 2008.  You can follow Nate on Twitter under the handle @nbaldwin75. Join us at the Future of Coaching Conference! Future of Coaching Conference Registration Page CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE COURSES:  Warriors, Not Winners - Want to create gritty, resilient athletes who succeed beyond the game?  Purchase Warriors, Not Winners now! Transformational Coaching - Take your Coaching to the Next Level with Transformational Coaching.  Become a Transformational Coach Today – If you are enjoying our podcast, please help us out and leave a review on iTunes. How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad Launch Apple’s Podcast app. Tap the Search tab. Enter the name Way of Champions. Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right. Tap the album art for the Way of Champions podcast. Tap the Reviews tab. Tap Write a Review at the bottom. Thanks so much, every review helps us to spread this message! Hosted by John O'Sullivan. Produced by Coach Reed Maltbie

1hr 9mins

29 Oct 2018