Who we are

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John O'Sullivan

Founder, CEO

John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on…

Darby Warmenhoven


Darby Warmenhoven has been with Changing the Game Project since 2013 and keeps all of us on schedule…

Skye Eddy


Skye is a former youth and collegiate All-American soccer goalkeeper, state champion track athlete, …

James Leath


James has supported high-performing teams and individuals across the U.S. for over twenty years in h…


The mission of the Changing the Game Project is to ensure that we return youth sports to our children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’

We want to provide the most influential adults in our children’s lives – their parents, coaches, league administrators and sport governing bodies – with the information and resources they need to make sports a healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Developing healthy and high performing athletes is an art, not a science, and the information you find here can help you navigate the maze of youth sports, and put a smile on your athlete’s face, whether he or she is 6, 16 or 26 years old.

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This site is your one stop shopping for the latest and greatest information, research, and best practices regarding high performance, leadership, coaching, team culture building, Long Term Athletic Development, and more.

Here you will find resources such as our popular blog, training videos, our Way of Champions podcast and books that can help you become the best parent or coach a kid could ever ask for. It will help ensure that you do your part to make youth sports a wonderfully positive part of your athlete’s physical, social, and cognitive education.

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The Problem We Face!

It is hard to venture out to any youth sports fields these days and not think to ourselves “There is something wrong with this picture.” Youth sports do not look like they did 20 or 30 years ago. Sure there were a few ‘crazy’ coaches and over the top parents, but for the most part kids still ‘played’ sports.

It was fun.

They were fearless. There were no cameras streaming 10 year old baseball games live online. There were not high school basketball coaches lining up for the signature of the next great middle school recruit. And we certainly did not watch commercials telling us that we need $300 soccer shoes and $400 baseball bats if we hoped to compete next weekend.

Things have changed, and not only in sports, but throughout our country.

One of the biggest changes is the massive increase in sedentary, non athletic lifestyles in our country.

And one of the main reasons for the decrease in activity is the staggering number of kids who drop out of sports at a young age.

An incredible 70% of kids drop out of organized athletics by age 13.

Seventy percent! Some drop due to financial constraints, others due to time constraints, but most stop playing because it just is not fun anymore. The people responsible for this, and the only ones who can change it, are the adults, and that means you and us.

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We face quite a few challenges if we plan on trying to move the bar and get the adults out of our kids’ games.

Youth sports is a multi billion dollar industry now, with many corporations, hotels, small businesses, even entire cities, dependent upon the youth sports industry.

The entities competing for players and their dollars have driven up the price, and the stakes, of youth sports. The corporations that provide athletic opportunities, run events, and sell equipment, count on sports to improve their bottom line.

And parents, often against their better judgment, are forced to keep up, or made to feel guilty that they have cost their child a college scholarship, or a shot at the pros. It’s time to change the game!

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