Fixing Youth Sports with Lee Taft- Episode 334

Jun 22, 2022

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Highlights of Episode 334

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Lee Taft, "The Speed Guy", Lee Taft Athletic Consulting



We spoke about:

  • What is the AAU and how is it ruining youth sports

  • How do we fix it?
  • By age 13, around 70% of kids will quit organized sports. Why?
  • Where does Strength training fit in?

  • The 5-most powerful words you can say to your child when watching them play youth sports
  • How Mental Health is affected by the current model of youth sports

  • His talk at Perform Better Summits- "How to Mold Specific Game Speed From General Speed Patterns"


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The Coaches Corner with Coach Boyle

We spoke about:

  • Expanding on his Tweet about the Hang Clean vs. The Power Clean
    • How height can affect the lift
    • Focusing more on the fast portion of the lift
    • Coaching cue- “jump and sit”
    • Coaching cue- "pull high, catch high"
    • Why he loves the catch for contact-sport athletes
    • Alternatives for non-contact athletes

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