This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Steve Morris, author of What Size Balls Do I Need?: A Roadmap for Survival In The Dizzying World of Youth Sports. Coach Steve encourages parents to enjoy their kids’ brief 10-year window in youth sports, a goal best accomplished by dialing down the pressure and tempering their expectations. Only a fraction of high school athletes play sports at the college level, and far fewer go on to play professionally. The most dynamic statistic is the number of life-long friendships created among teammates. Learn more at

During our conversation, we dive into the myth of maximizing a young athletes potential, how we can create better experiences for our young athletes, and the one thing most division one athletes regret most about their youth sport experience.

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Amazon link to Steve’s book What Size Balls Do I Need?

Highlights from the Podcast:

  • How Steve ended up writing What Size Balls Do I Need?
  • Does it matter what age a coach started teaching certain skills?
  • When did youth sports become such a big business?
  • The myth of maximizing a young athletes potential
  • What are the three ways a kid gets to the higher levels of sport participation?
  • Why don’t we get upset when coaches yell at 7-year-olds?
  • How can we allow kids to have a better experience in youth sports?
  • What is the number one regret of most division one athletes?
  • What has the Covid effect been in youth sports?
  • How to deal with toxic coaches and a few cautionary tales
  • Why do the losses bother the parents more than the kids?

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