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The GO TO PODCAST for Sports Moms raising confident girl athletes! Elite Competitor Co-Founder Coach Breanne Smedley (AKA Coach Bre) is all about empowering moms with the tools they need to strengthen their athlete daughter's mental game so she believes in herself as much as you do (and plays like it!). Whether you're a sports mom with lots of seasons under your belt, just getting started on this sports journey, or somewhere in between... think of this podcast as your go-to guide to helping your daughter navigate the ups and downs of her sports journey. If you feel like you've tried everything to build your daughter's confidence and often don't know what to say to support her (especially when she's being super hard on herself), then you're in the right place. Coach Bre and her guests break it down into actionable strategies that WORK so that you never have to feel stuck not knowing what to say or how to help your athlete daughter again. Through what you learn on the Raising Unstoppable Girl Athletes Podcast, you can ensure that your daughter's mental game and confidence is her biggest strength... in sports AND life! 

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If you’re a parent or coach of a girl athlete, you know that puberty brings a whole new set of challenges. It can be tough to know how to best support them when their bodies and emotions are all over the place. That’s why I’m excited to have Dr. Lisa Spencer, a certified nutritionist who specializes in working with female athletes, on the podcast today. We’re going to dive into all those big puberty changes and how they impact our girls on and off the field.What’s CoveredThe major body change...
Injuries happen, and they’re tough on everyone involved. As a coach or parent of a young athlete, it’s heartbreaking to see them sidelined and struggling. But injuries don’t have to break your athlete’s spirit. In this episode, I’m sharing practical tips on how to turn an injury setback into an opportunity for growth and resilience.What’s CoveredUnderstanding the emotional rollercoaster of injury. Helping your athlete reframe the injury experience.Building a strong support system.Mental ...
Are you tired of seeing your athlete get stuck in those negative spirals of self-doubt? Wishing they could play with more confidence and shake off mistakes without beating themselves up? Well, today’s episode is all about changing the inner dialogue. We’re talking about how to help your athlete develop positive self-talk so they can unlock their full potential – and maybe even start enjoying their sport more!What’s CoveredThe difference between average and elite athletes when it comes to thei...
Hey athletes, ever have those days where you just want to skip practice and chill on the couch? Trust me, I get it! But here’s the thing, the best athletes don’t let those feelings hold them back. In this episode, I’m sharing my secrets for staying motivated, even when you really don’t feel like it.What’s CoveredWhy you need to define your goals as an athlete.How motivation is unreliable and what to use instead.Creating a plan for extra training and sticking to it.The “rule of thirds” – why n...
Are you constantly seeing your young athlete struggle with low energy on the field? Do they complain about feeling sluggish or not being able to focus throughout the day? Feeling confused about what to feed them to optimize their performance and build a healthy relationship with food?If this sounds like you, then this episode is a must-listen! In this episode, I sit down with registered dietitian, Ashley Harpst, to break down everything you need to know to fuel your young athlete’s success.Wh...
Does your daughter hold back in her sport? Do you see her hesitate when she could be going for it? Today, we’ll talk about how you can help her become a more aggressive and confident competitor!What’s Covered:Why athletes sometimes hesitate or hold back in their sport.5 powerful tips to help your daughter play more aggressively, including: Identifying the reasons behind her hesitation.Is her hesitancy a problem, or is it something that bothers you more?The importance of recognizing effo...
Did you know that focusing on mental training can actually save you time and frustration as a sports parent? It’s true! In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can fit mental training into your daughter’s busy schedule. We’ll talk about why this is such a powerful investment and simple strategies to make it happen.Why mental training isn’t just another thing to add to your plate.The two foundational beliefs that make mental training a time-saver.Three practical tips to fit mental training in...
Did you know? Mental training can lead to immediate improvements for young athletes! It’s all about helping them harness their mindset for peak performance on and off the field. Discover how integrating mental skills into sports training can transform an athlete’s game, confidence, and overall mental toughness.What’s Covered:The Importance of Mental Strength. Learn how mental resilience plays a crucial role in an athlete’s success.Parental Influence on Mental Training. Insights into how paren...
Ever wonder if those constant “good job”s and “you’re the best” remarks are truly helping your daughter reach her full potential? In this episode, we’ll talk about the research on praise and how it can impact your athlete’s confidence.Here’s what you’ll learn:Why praising effort over outcome is better for your athlete’s long-term growthHow to identify effort-based praise that will build confidenceThe surprising downside of outcome-based praise (like “you’re the best!”)Tips for helping your at...
Is your daughter struggling with negativity on her sports team? This episode is packed with actionable tips to help her navigate these challenges and develop mental strength.What’s Covered: Reframing negativity as a learning opportunity.Empowering questions to help your daughter problem-solve.The importance of focusing on what she can control.Setting healthy boundaries with negative teammates.Assertive communication skills to express her needs. Identify moments that require parental...
Ever wonder what to say (or not to say) after your athlete’s game? We all know it can be a bit tricky – emotions are running high, and you want to be supportive without pushing too hard. In my recent podcast episode, I shared some helpful tips to create a positive and supportive environment for your athlete after a competition.Here are some key takeaways:Give Them Space. Let your athlete come to you when they’re ready to talk.Avoid the Replay. Don’t go over every detail of the game; they’re a...
Ever wondered just how much your sport is influenced by your mental game? In this special athlete tip episode, we dive into the core of competitive advantage.In this episode:One athlete shares a game-changing shift – moving from comparisons to embracing personal enjoyment and improvement.Discover why the mental aspect of sports often takes the lion’s share – 75% to 99% by athletes’ own admission. Uncover the truth that physical training isn’t everything, and training your mind is the rea...
Is the pressure to win taking all the fun out of sports for our kids? Let’s be honest: In the high-stakes world of competitive sports, young athletes often forget to enjoy the game due to the pressure to excel and succeed. So, what can we do to help them enjoy the game again? That’s what my conversation with mental skills coach Julia is all about!What’s Covered:Julia chats about why fun is a game-changer in competitive sports.How to keep the love of the game alive amidst the pressure to perfo...
Are you often at a loss for what to say when your young athlete is overly critical of herself? It’s a common challenge faced by sports parents. In this episode, I share practical strategies for sports parents to effectively support and encourage their young athletes.Here’s what’s covered in this episode:A member’s inspiring story of her daughter’s triumph in basketball.Understanding and empathizing with your daughter’s negative emotions.The impact of our responses, rooted in our own upbringin...
Are you wondering how to make your pre-game pep talks more effective for your athlete daughter? In this episode, I talk about pre-game conversations and how they can significantly impact your daughter’s performance and confidence.Here’s what’s covered in this episode:The Impact of Pre-Game Emotions. Understanding the mix of nerves, excitement, and anxiety your athlete might feel before competition.The Role of Parents in Pre-Game. Insights into how parents can create a positive and supportive ...
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a state champion in volleyball? Discover the secrets behind the remarkable success of the Columbia River High School volleyball team, led by Coach Bre.Here’s what’s covered in this episode:A look into the remarkable achievement of winning the state championship three times in a row.Understanding the importance of leadership and experience from the senior captains.Insights from the captains on leading the team and their unique journeys.An in-depth...
Wondering how mental training can revolutionize your athlete’s performance? Join me in this episode as I go behind the scenes of the Elite Mental Game (EMG) program – a program designed for both athletes and their parents.What’s Covered in the Episode:An introduction to the Elite Mental Game program and its unique approach to mental training.A heartfelt story from a community member, Shelly, highlighting the program’s impact on her daughter’s confidence and assertiveness.Insight into the EMG ...
Are you wondering if your young athlete is ready for mental training? In this episode, I discuss how to recognize the readiness for mental training in athletes – and when the right time to start is.What’s Covered: Defining mental training and its importance in sports.3 Signs Your Athlete Is Ready for Mental TrainingComparing the benefits of in-season vs. out-of-season mental training.Effective ways to introduce mental training to your athlete.How to use resources like conversation guides...
Wondering how a competitive figure skater excels in her sport’s mental game? Dive into this episode to discover her inspiring journey!What’s Covered:The story of Whitney, a 15-year-old figure skater, and her mom Darcy’s approach to mental training.Strategies for overcoming mistakes and maintaining focus.The impact of mental training on performance, confidence, and handling pressure.Personal insights and experiences from Whitney and Darcy’s journey in the Elite Mental Game program.Don’t miss t...
Ever wondered how you can truly boost your athlete’s confidence and help them perform at their best? In this episode, we dive into the number one way to enhance your athlete’s game day confidence.In this episode, we cover:Signs of game day confidence and how to recognize them.The crucial role parents play in supporting their athletes throughout their journey.Four essential phases of your athlete’s athletic experience and how your words impact each.Practical tips and the LOVE framework for pos...
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