Gettin’ Gritty with Dr. J is a podcast about building mental toughness on and off the field. Dr. Julie Wiernik is a licensed sports psychologist with over 20 years of experience in improving athlete performance and overall mental health. If you’re an athlete, parent, coach, or just someone who wants to become a grittier human being, this is the podcast for you.

Reimagining Youth Sports: John Largent Proposes Alternatives to Travel Leagues for Community-Oriented Play

Former athlete-turned-advocate John Largent exposes the cutthroat reality of youth sports and challenges parents to prioritize their children’s happiness over the pursuit of athletic success in a world driven by competition and sacrifice.

In this episode, you will be able to:

Discover the evolution of youth sports, tracing the rise of travel teams and their impact.
Unearth the financial realities of participating in travel squads and how it shapes families.
Dive into the balance between nurturing player development and fostering competition in youth sports.
Explore the asset of playing multiple sports and why it makes athletes more appealing to colleges.
Decipher the pressures and challenges young athletes face on the path to professional careers.