Coaching Kids Curling

Sport Psychology - For Teens & By Teens - With Brandon Shintani of Mind-Design Sports

May 23, 2021 Glenn Gabriel Season 1 Episode 55
Coaching Kids Curling
Sport Psychology - For Teens & By Teens - With Brandon Shintani of Mind-Design Sports
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Show Notes

Brandon Shintani is a high school sophomore from New Jersey, U.S.A., who created his own Web site and podcast called "Mind-Design Sports." What sets his content apart from other sports psychology resources is the fact that it's produced by teens for teens and kids. In this episode, we talk about why he became interested in sports psychology, different resources that he recommends, and we reveal a couple of our favourite present-day athletes. #AsianHeritageMonth

Some of the topics we discuss include:
* What led Brandon to his interest in sports psychology? (4:01)
* What he learned from the Navy SEALs that he uses in his own life (6:41)
* Why is it important for teens to produce this content? (12:43)
* What can adult coaches be aware of when coaching "Gen Z" athletes? (19:27)
* "Anything you do is a good first step" (22:23)
* Brandon's favourite sports psychology resources (24:06)
* Two "underdog" athletes that Brandon and I admire (25:38)
* What an e-mailer from Mexico suggested as a possible podcast episode topic (and how it relates to curling!) (28:18)

Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
Mind-Design Sports Web site Web site (podcast listening app)
The Official Navy SEAL podcast
"Finding Mastery" podcast with Dr. Michael Gervais
"Increase Your Impact" podcast with Justin Su'a | A Podcast For Leaders
Brandon's LinkedIn Profile:

Thanks to listener Tenielle Bachek for sending kind words about the podcast last April! Tenielle is the Junior Coordinator for the Little Rockers in Okotoks, Alberta. I wish all my fellow youth coaches, program organizers and volunteers the best of luck as we prepare for a Fall 2021 re-opening (I hope!)

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Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at

The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"

By Josh Woodward

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