Introduction to Coach Notes

Welcome to Coach Notes!

One of the greatest joys in my life is coaching athletes, especially young athletes. Over the years I have learned a few things and every season I find the same types of questions get asked.

Questions like, “When should my child focus on one sport?” or “How do I get my athlete to want to do better in school?” or even more practical things like, “What should I be feeding my athlete before/after competition?”

All great questions, all deserve the best answer I can come up with. 

I have some answers and some resources like this one that may help you as a parent. Why would you listen to me about parenting? One of the advantages to not having my own children is I am not biased to any one way of training, so instead I get to observe many different ways to help and can share them with you. The bride and I fostered last year and got a small taste of what its like to be a parent. If I can help make your job easier through an encouraging word or a strategy I learned somewhere, that is what I want to do.

As some of you know, I am finishing up my masters in Sport Psychology, and I am focusing on youth sports. I am dedicating my life to helping individuals become the best version possible.

​I’m not selling anything here, I just want to share.

Every week, I will be sending out a short letter with an article about sports psychology, youth sports, or personal development. I will also include a few items about these subjects that I believe can benefit you, your athlete, or your team. Items like books, practical and/or applied research, or a YouTube video I found interesting. You can unsubscribe anytime- I won’t be offended.

Also, I am writing a book on Sport Psychology for the Young Athlete, so I may share some of that content and ask for feedback. Other than that, my plan is to send you information I believe to be valuable for you.

For Coaches, I recommend a podcast by my friend Craig at If you listen to podcasts on your iPhone like I do, this is a great resource. I was on his show a few weeks ago talking about Mental Toughness for Young Athletes. Here is that link.

For Athletes, I ran across this YouTube video that was pretty motivational. Its only a few minutes so give it a look.

For Parents, the article I listed above is worthy of a second suggestion to read. With a title like “Best Parenting Tip Ever” how can you pass that up?

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. Remember, there are many ways to motivate athletes to perform well.

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