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.

The Power of Passion and Perseverance: A Talk with Adam Mason

Adam Mason’s journey took an unexpected turn that challenged everything we thought we knew about youth basketball. Will his advocacy for individual player development win out against the pressure to always prioritize winning?

In this episode of Gettin’ Gritty with Dr. J, you will be able to:

Realize the profound impact of player development from a young age on enduring sports mastery.
Discern the principles of a winning coaching philosophy that promotes mental fortitude in sports environments.
Comprehend the importance of marrying team success with individual player growth efforts.
Unravel the hidden advantages of embracing a diverse sports background for well-rounded athletic progress.
Gain insight into the Strengthen Motion program, a powerhouse for postgraduate basketball player development.

Adam Mason, a basketball coach who knows firsthand the importance of individual development in young athletes. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Adam’s early baseball experience with his father ultimately led him to his true passion, basketball. His dedication to the sport took him to the college courts and a seven-season professional career in Mexico. Now, as a coach, Adam prioritizes fostering a love for the game and developing individual skills over simply focusing on

Takeaways from this episode include:
Maximizing your performance in all areas of your life as a parent, coach, athlete, or as a gritty human being.
Ending coaching abuse and strive to be an amazing coach like Adam Mason.
Focusing on development and training rather than winning at all costs.
Finding your natural obsession and love for a sport before striving to be the best.
Proving yourself to your teammates, coaches, parents, and opponents to succeed in sports.
Incorporating strength and conditioning in your training to keep up with the level of competition.
Painting a picture of yourself that is wanted and needed within the team and locker room to navigate coaching personalities successfully.
Consistently dedicate yourself to improving and collecting as many skills as possible to make it to the NBA or play professionally.
Applying skills in game-like settings to maximize your performance.
Maximizing your God-given talents to offset height and succeed in basketball.
Prioritizing family and

Playing Multiple Sports
Encouraging young athletes to play multiple sports can be beneficial to their overall growth and development. It allows them to acquire a variety of athletic skills and life experiences that can later be applied in specific sports. Also, engaging in different sports can help prevent burnout and keep their motivation high. In the podcast, Adam Mason firmly believes in the benefits of playing various sports for a child’s growth, and shares his viewpoint on how it can teach valuable life skills. He explains that these experiences will help young athletes become more versatile and adaptable, ultimately increasing their chances for success in any sport they choose to pursue.

Development vs. Winning
Coaching young athletes can involve an important balance between focusing on individual player development and striving for team success. In the early stages of a sport, development should be prioritized over winning, as nurturing skills and personal growth of players is essential. It’s important for coaches and parents to instill the value of development so that athletes grow in the sport and achieve their potential. Adam Mason’s philosophy on coaching reflects this mindset, as he emphasizes the need to develop players both on and off the court. Throughout the Gettin’ Gritty with Dr. J podcast, Mason shares his experiences illustrating the importance of focusing on development rather than winning when working with young athletes. This way, players are better prepared for future challenges and opportunities.

Parental Involvement and Giving Direction
Parents can play a significant role