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John O'Sullivan
Works at Changing the Game Project
Attended Fordham University
Lives in Bend, Oregon
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Check out our new blog by IMG Academy Head of Leadership James Leath, "Yes, I Do Play My Favorites"
When I make the lineup, I favor the athletes who are confident, growth mindset individuals. I love players who are aggressive, adaptable, and committed to the cause--the ones that show up on time and ready to play. Every one of these characteristics are qualities that have nothing to do with talent and are 100% within an athlete’s control. Every athlete has the opportunity to be one of my favorites.
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The only path to greatness is the extra mile, and it's a lonely place.
The extra mile is a lonely place, but anyone who has achieved greatness has been there. There are no cameras. There are no bright lights. There is just blood, sweat, and tears. But its the best place you will ever go.
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Thanks Anthony, we really apprecaite it!
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Enjoy my new blog on our huge problem with inadequate training for coaches
I believe that one of the main reasons we lose 70% of children to organized sports by the age of 13 is because many of those kids have a poor experience and drop out before they ever get to play under a properly trained coach. here is how to fix it.
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New blog about some Olympic Size dissappointment, and how to deal with it
Cassidy Lichtman is a member of the USA Womens Volleyball team, and recently learned that she would not be going to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here are her inspirational thoughts on the pain, the disappointment, and the future.
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Every athlete needs three things to inspire them to perform their best. Coaches, check out our new blog and see what they are.
Coaches can inspire their athletes by giving them three things: relevance, recognition and a way to measure their contribution. From youth sports to the pros, this will make them shine.
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Great post.
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My new blog on how to put a little more joy back in the game for kids.
Most athletes quit sports because they are no longer fun. To slow the 70% dropout rate we need to know how we take the joy out of sports, and how to fix it.
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Our new blog, an open letter from a young athlete to his dad who just won't let go and let the game belong to him
Is sports for the kids, or a form of entertainment for adults? Many children feel like its the latter. Here is a letter from one boy to his dad who won't stop yelling at him from the stands.
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Our new guest blog from James Leath, great advice for any potential collegiate athlete
Your reputation is who people think you are; your character is who you are when you think no one is paying attention. Someone is always paying attention, and every recruiter has passed on a talented athlete who failed the character test. You must be the exception. Here is how.
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John, Thanks for sharing this great post.
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How to turn losing into a teachable moment, our new blog at Changing the Game Project
When kids lose in youth sports, bad things can happen. Angry moms and dads berate their kids from the sidelines and on the ride home after games. Coaches yell and scream at athletes, or worse yet, don’t even let some kids play in matches because they fear losing. We teach kids to fear losing, instead of learn from it. Here are three questions to ask your kids after every loss.
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Great post. An important lesson for all athletes, coaches and parents. Always try to practice this with my son who is now getting ready to head to college to play lacrosse. Anthony
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My new blog on three great summer reads for coaches and parents
Every year we search for the best youth sports books on coaching, leadership, and performance. Here are our three favorite books of 2016!
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The title says it all, lets stop the recruiting mess that is ruining youth sports
With college coaches lining the sidelines of middle school age games, and ninth graders making verbal commitments, it's time the NCAA stopped the insanity!
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Our new blog on creating accountability for changing the youth sports environment
It is time to stop the excuses in youth sports; it's time for coaches, parents athletes and sports culbs to be held accountable for the youth sports mess, and fix it!
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John is an author, speaker and coach, and the Founder of the Changing the Game Project
Introduction

John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level.  He brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. He has complied much of this information in his new book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.

Originally from New York, John is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior, and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team.  After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC.  He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer.  Since that time, John has worked as a Director of Coaching for Nordic Spirit SC (Vt), Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association (MI) and most recently as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR.  He is currently the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.  He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.

John received his BA in History from Fordham University, and his Masters in History from the University of Vermont.  He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his wife, Dr Lauren O’Sullivan, and two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 7, and Tiernan, age 5.

Education
  • Fordham University
    BA History and Communications, 1990 - 1994
  • University of Vermont
    MA US Foreign Policy and Holocaust Studies, 1999 - 2003
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Gender
Male
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Author, Speaker and Coach
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Coaching, Public Speaking, Writing, Consulting
Employment
  • Changing the Game Project
    Founder, 2012 - present
  • O'Sullivan Brothers, Inc.
    CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Oregon Rush Soccer Club
    Executive Director, 2006 - 2012
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Currently
Bend, Oregon
Previously
Vail, Colorado
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Release Your Child to the Game! | Changing the Game Project
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Children need ownership in order to have a successful and fulfilling sports experience. Don’t live vicariously through your kids; just let t

Is Social Media Ruining Your Youth Sports Experience? | Changing the Gam...
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We can be made to feel like terrible parents when we go on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site and compare the images of successful,

Changing the Game in Youth Sports | John O'Sullivan TED Talk | Changing ...
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John O’Sullivan is the Founder of the Changing the Game Project and author of the national bestseller Changing the Game. This is his TEDx ta