18 Feb NBA Star Steph Curry, Coach Brad Stevens and Others Discuss the Benefits of Multi-Sport Athletic Development

NBA Star Steph Curry, Coach Brad Stevens and Others Discuss the Benefits of Multi-Sport Athletic Development

By now you probably know we are big believers in multi-sport athletic development. Sports provide us an incredible platform to help children improve their confidence, character, independence, versatility and grit.

Parents and children today are under tremendous pressure by coaches and clubs to specialize or focus on only one sport. I could go on and on about the dangers of specialization, but I would rather take a moment and share with you the positive impact multi-sport athletic development can have on children.

“…obviously, Basketball is the no-brainer and my expression of what I do best, but when it comes to Golf, Running, Training and other sports, that is part of my experience growing up. I always played other sports, got exposed to a lot of different skill sets and people, and that was big in my development.”
-Steph Curry

Here are links to two short videos. In the first video, Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens, discusses how playing multiple sports creates better athletes.

Brad Stevens: Playing Multiple Sports Leads To Better Athletes

In the second video, Andrea Ettekal Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development discusses the life lessons learned playing multiple sports.

Multi-Sport Athletes May Learn More Life Lessons

I hope you enjoyed these short videos. We truly cannot wait to see everyone this summer!

18 Feb 5 Camp Lessons for Improved Performance in Sports (and Life)

5 Camp Lessons for Improved Performance in Sports (and Life)

With all that is going on the world we sometimes lose focus and need some grounding to help better cope with life’s challenges. Camp Susquehannock is one of the few places that help ground us with true life-guiding principles.

I recently read a great article by Chris Carmichael, a cyclist, coach and founder of Carmichael Training Systems. His advice not only reminded me of what we learn at Susquehannock but how we can all apply it to our daily lives.

FIND YOUR PASSION

In life, as in sports, passionate and inspired individuals will achieve much more than an extremely talented individual who simply goes through the motions.

At Susquehannock, we encourage children to try all types of sports and activities. This is how they find their true inspiration, and this is what produces high-level performance.

It does not matter if you are an incredible athlete or just starting out, passion and inspiration are what drive your ultimate success. The Senior Staff and Counselors at Susquehannock are incredibly passionate and serve as inspiring models for young athletes.

LOVE THE PROCESS AS MUCH AS THE GOAL

Every day at Susquehannock, young athletes are coached through clinics in a variety of sports and activities and then compete in actual games later in the day. And while we all want to win, the focus is always on improving and learning the joy of competition. The outcome will take care of itself, and in most cases, it will be incredibly positive when you are enjoying the process of learning and competing.

Olympic athletes, musicians and artists spend years practicing with one goal in mind. However, in order to achieve that goal the training/practice/routine must take place every day! The most successful individuals (regardless of activity) are those who love the process of training. They love it because they get to do what they enjoy every day! At Susquehannock we teach campers to love what they do as much as the love of the intended outcome or goal.

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR EFFORT

Too many of us discount the effort and commitment we make on a daily basis to improve our lives. We never give ourselves credit or the permission to be successful. We look and compare ourselves to others and think we simply are not good enough.

At Susquehannock we challenge campers to try new sports and activities every day. Each day they have failures and successes. They are encouraged to believe that their best effort – regardless of success or failure – is what’s most important, and they should take pride in that effort and commitment.

Campers should never minimize the commitment and effort needed to succeed. Now, I’m not saying we want them to be arrogant or boastful, but they do need to give themselves credit! Sometimes the credit we give ourselves is the only credit we will receive. Let’s face it, there will always be someone smarter, stronger and more athletic, but that should have no bearing on the pride you have in your own effort.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE AND ENERGETIC PEOPLE

The staff at Susquehannock are some of the most positive and motivated people you will ever find, and this is not an accident. These are the type of people we look for to serve as models for the campers.

Can you imagine how awful the summer camp experience would be with negative people? Take a page out of a summer at Susquehannock and make sure you and your kids are surrounded by positive and energetic people.

In the article, Carmichael touches on this topic: The people we spend time with have a lot of influence over our thoughts, feelings, and decisions. Optimism is contagious, but so is pessimism. When you surround yourself with positive and motivated people, they help lift you up when you need it and you have the same effect on them when they need it. In contrast, negative people, those who don’t believe in themselves or blame everyone else for their failings, and those who criticize or laugh at your goals and training, will eventually drag you down to their level. Stay with the people who lift you up and disconnect from the people who only drag you down.

During the pandemic, isolation has been a big problem for athletes, students, workers, and seniors (and many others, probably). Even if you can’t physically surround yourself with positive influences, it is important to maintain connections with people who can lift you up and inspire you to be better. Call your friends. Skype/Facetime with your relatives. Talk with your coach.

Better yet, reach out and talk with some of the superstar staff and children from camp!

LEAN ON THE FUNDAMENTALS

When times are tough, too many people reach for a trick, a special solution, some new fad or idea to get them through the challenge or issue …when all you really need to do is focus on the fundamentals.

Fundamentals in life and sports produce steadily progressing gains, which result in daily accomplishments that enhance self-worth and confidence!

At Susquehannock, we spend time working on the fundamentals every day! It starts with the simple process of making your bed and cleaning your cabin. This activity means you have accomplished something before your day even gets started.

This takes place on the athletic fields and courts as well. For example, take a Basketball player who spends 80% of their practice time working on a trick shot or a no-look pass and only 20% on fundamentals. They may look great in the layup line or in a game of HORSE, but when they need to play in a real game they struggle and make mistakes which penalizes their team. This person will have a tough time improving and eventually get frustrated with their progress.

Now look at the player who spends 80% of their time on fundamentals and 20% on some fancy shot or pass. This person can dribble with both hands, make consistent on-target passes and rarely makes mistakes. This person makes steady progressive gains. They enjoy the game, they succeed, and they gain confidence because they see the daily achievement.


In life, as in sports, we need to stay grounded in our thinking. As we come to the end of 2020, remember to follow your passion, love the process of life as much as your intended goal, take pride in yourself and your effort, surround yourself with positive energetic people and stick to the fundamentals. At Susquehannock, this produces self-reliant, confident young boys and girls!

18 Feb The Keys to Perseverance and Developing it at Camp Susquehannock

The Keys to Perseverance and Developing it at Camp Susquehannock

One of the key traits we pride ourselves on developing at Susquehannock is perseverance. This year has required a great deal of perseverance by us all. That said, I want to share with you just how this development takes place at camp and what makes it happen.

Opportunities to roll over and quit present themselves every day in our lives – especially in today’s COVID-19 world – and those of us who learn to persevere will do well when faced with challenges.

So why do some people quit and others persevere? What makes some people push through formidable challenges, and how can you become one of them?

Here are the keys to perseverance and how it is cultivated at Susquehannock…

PURPOSE

You must have a purpose. Athletes, for example, dig far deeper when there is a real purpose motivating them forward – the purpose must be intrinsically real! It must be felt from within. External rewards won’t do the job – participation trophies or ribbons won’t help to overcome the tough times. Those types of rewards are easy to give up on when confronted with real challenges. But if you have a real, heartfelt deep drive or purpose behind what you are doing the temptation to quit is easily pushed aside!

Let me give you a great example. Each summer children arrive at Susquehannock and we encourage them to swim their 20 laps (the equivalent of 500 meters) and then the entire length of the lake. I have seen campers attempt to swim their 20 laps four, five or six times before they finally do it. This summer I witnessed a young girl attempt to swim the lake three times before she did it. Why did these children persevere? What motivated them to not give up? Each one of them had an intrinsic purpose

When the campers arrived at camp, we could have told them that in order to compete in the Regatta and potentially win a medal they would have to to swim their 20 laps first. But we don’t tell them that! Winning a medal at the Regatta is not going to motivate a beginner to swim 500 meters or the full length of the lake. However, when a child sees his or her friends going off the diving board, hanging out on the float, or kayaking — they develop a real purpose and are motivated to join their friends. It’s this type of motivation that will push a child past the temptation to quit.

Purpose is what drives us. Olympic athletes don’t train their entire life for the medal. They train because they want to be the best or they want the opportunity to compete against the best. It is this purpose that compels athletes to get up at 5:00 am to train. It’s the purpose that compels an artist or a musician to hone their craft day after day. Money, trophies, and fame is just a bi-product of their purpose.

MINDSET

If you want to be successful in any endeavor, you must start with the mindset that nothing will stop you from achieving your intended outcome. And just like your purpose, the mindset must be real. It can’t be made up or faked. Simply telling yourself you can do something or receiving false accolades from friends, parents or coaches is not going to help you persevere through a challenge.

If you look closely at how we develop perseverance and confidence at Susquehannock you will see we introduce new concepts and skills gradually over the course of the summer. Our staff does an incredible job designing a series – a progression of clinics, activities, competition, and exposure to new things (combined with constructive feedback!) – which helps campers build true self-belief and confidence in themselves.

EXPERIENCE

Experience is what determines how hardy your walls of perseverance will become. Each time you want to quit and do not, your wall gets thicker and thicker. Every time you do something you thought or imagined to be too difficult or that almost defeated you, you have just added one more skill to your repertoire that you can do again.

This happens every day at Susquehannock: it happens when a camper arrives and must spend their first night away from home… it happens when a camper must learn to share with others… it happens when a camper is put in a group with no one he or she knows …it happens when a camper plays a sport they have never tried before …it happens when a camper is homesick and learns their new friends will help them get through it …it happens when they swim their 20 laps and the length of the lake!

The culmination of all these experiences help build the walls of perseverance, and this will stay with them. Every time they do something new – academically, athletically, professionally – something they thought too difficult, they will gain a greater outlook on life!

SUPPORT

Hollywood loves to tell the story of the individual who came from nothing and climbed the ladder of success all by themselves. While this sounds great, most people who rise to success through sheer perseverance have some support behind them. Very few people, if any, can overcome challenges alone!

To develop perseverance, one must be humble enough to ask for and then accept help. Your family, friends, and teammates are the ones who will keep you going through tough times. At Susquehannock we introduce new sports and activities to children every day. Campers learn the power of a support group, the power of a team and the value of teamwork. I have seen children arrive at Susquehannock who were fantastic Basketball players, but had little skill in Soccer. When the time came to play Soccer, they lacked the confidence to go on the field and in some cases were on the verge of refusing to play. However, they persevered and played anyway because they had the support of their team.

As you go through life their will inevitably be setbacks, challenges and fear. Don’t be afraid to ask for or accept help. We all need support!


In life, as in sports, you are not going to win all the time. The best hitters in Baseball succeed less than 30% of the time but they continue to persevere. Things don’t always turn out the way we envisioned – that is part of life. Just don’t quit!

18 Feb Smile and Be a Happy Camper

Smile and Be a Happy Camper

I want talk to you today about the power of a smile. My dear friend Lynn Noble is a speaker, artist and soon-to-be author of The Power of a Smile.

She and I were talking about kids, camp and the effect a smile can have on children, their lives and the various situations they encounter. I asked Lynn if she would mind providing us with some thoughts and ideas on things children can do when transitioning into new environments.

So here it is! I hope you enjoy her simple but powerful advice…


Remember what you felt like when you were a kid and had the freedom to do whatever it was that made you happy? You had one mission: to smile, find a friend, play and be happy.

I recently had the opportunity to relive that child-like experience. I was at an art show on Long Beach Island, when I happened upon a tent with incredible art made from driftwood. I was admiring the work when all of a sudden, I was greeted by this woman with a big, shining smile!

Immediately I smiled back as she blurted out, “Wow – You have a beautiful smile!” I instantly replied, “So do you!” Without even thinking she said, “We should be friends!” I again instantly replied with, “Yes, we should!” It was that easy!

I felt like I was transported back to the days when I was a kid facing an entire playground with no one to play with. It was sometimes a scary place, but I quickly learned that the easiest solution for me was to just walk up to another kid, smile and say, “Will you be my friend?” They would always reply, “Yes!” We would then run off into the sunset, playing on the monkey bars and swing set, without another thought. (We had a friend to enjoy our time with.) No stress of “What if I’m not good enough?” No worries of “Will they like me?” No judgement whatsoever – it was that simple!

Kids love to smile! They have this innate ability to just smile at anything and everything that makes them happy! They are innocent and non-judgmental. That is why people are so open and loving to kids!

Kids are easy to approach; they don’t have any agendas other than to be happy. Imagine if we would all become more like kids, we would begin to attract amazing people into our lives!

For some kids, going away to summer camp and making friends can be scary. Here are some tools kids can use to make the transition much easier…

SMILE
When you smile, you appear warm and friendly, which instantly makes people feel at ease. Smiles are contagious. When you smile you will most likely get a smile back!

APPROACH
Go up and say hello to someone. Don’t wait for others to come to you. Someone always has to be first. Be that person!

COMPLIMENT
The easiest way to make someone smile is to compliment them. You can always find something nice to say. This will make you feel good too!

ASK QUESTIONS
Always be prepared with a set of questions that will help you start conversations. People love to talk about themselves! You can have a lot of fun with this and come up with some really interesting questions!

LISTEN
Listen with a real interest and give your full attention. You will be amazed at how many similarities you will have with people that will help you relate to them.

SHARE YOUR STORIES
Talk about the things that are unique to you. People love to learn interesting new things. You will also inspire others to share even more!

BE YOURSELF
Show your true self. You don’t have to pretend to be something better than the amazing person you already are. People will gravitate towards that honesty!

Take these new tools and Smile, Find a Friend, Play and Be Happy!


This advice isn’t just for kids. We can all apply this in our daily lives. So, enjoy your day and keep smiling!

17 Feb Seven Key Behaviors The Susquehannock Camps Develop That College Coaches Admire

Seven Key Behaviors The Susquehannock Camps Develop That College Coaches Admire

As you may know, The Susquehannock Camps Provide Multi-Sport Athletic Development & Confidence-Based Learning for Children Between the Ages of Seven and Sixteen.

Our Mission is to encourage the moral, social, and physical development of campers, primarily through the medium of team and individual sports. The program is designed to engender self-reliance, self-confidence, and leadership ability. In athletic competition, at the dining table, and in cabin life campers are taught tolerance and respect for others, how to deal gracefully with conflict, and a sense of fair play.

When children leave our camp, they return home as independent, high character, team- oriented, gritty, hardy souls.

Camp Susquehannock not only allows kids to have wonderful, fun-filled summers, but ultimately prepares them for their upcoming years of college and the rest of their life!

This philosophy goes hand in hand with that of many college coaches.

Marcia McDermott is a Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member and Women’s Soccer Coach at the United States Military Academy (West Point). She served as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011. As a student-athlete, McDermott led the University of North Carolina to three national titles in 1983, 1984 and 1986, serving as co-captain in 1986 during an All-American season.

In an interview with the PCA, she highlights the seven behaviors she and other coaches look for in student athletes. These are the same behaviors and qualities we develop at Camp Susquehannock.

1. College coaches look for leaders who lead by example.

2. College coaches look for character – those who want to be good people, not just good athletes.

3. College coaches seek athletes that are, and want to be, good teammates.

4. College coaches look for athletes that respect their teammates and coaches.

5. College coaches observe interactions with family members to see how players value relationships.

6. College coaches look for athletes with independence, who don’t need someone else to lead.

7. College coaches look for athletes with a growth mindset, who believe they can develop and grow.


If you would like more information on The Susquehannock Camps please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached at jbell@susquehannock.com.

17 Feb Patrick Mahomes: The Ultimate Example of Multi-Sport Diversification

Patrick Mahomes: The Ultimate Example of Multi-Sport Diversification

With the Super Bowl approaching much of the talk has been about the superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. His athleticism and ability to improvise make him one of the true icons of modern-day athletics.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports recently published an article discussing how multi-sport diversification turned Mahomes into the athlete and person he is today! Here are the highlights of the article I hope you enjoy…


Last Sunday, like most Sundays, Adam Cook made sure to get in front of a television so he could watch Patrick Mahomes drop magic on the NFL.

The sidearm throws. The no-look passes. The weaving scrambles. The never-blink comeback victories. This time it was Mahomes delivering 294 yards passing, 53 yards rushing and four touchdowns altogether to lead Kansas City to its first Super Bowl in half a century. The Chiefs will play San Francisco on Feb. 2.

When Cook watches Mahomes though, he doesn’t necessarily see what everyone else does, namely a 24-year old quarterback who might be the best football player on the planet. Instead he sees an athlete who stubbornly refused to settle on any single sport, let alone position on the field. As a result, Mahomes is now reaping the benefits of being among a dying species in a world obsessed with specialization at the youth sports level.

“Patrick is the poster child for the multisport athlete,” Cook said.

Cook was Mahomes’ football coach at Whitehouse (Texas) High School. He now serves as the school’s athletic director. He knows not just what Mahomes is capable of, but how he became capable of it.

The sidearm throws? Cook sees Mahomes on a Whitehouse High pitcher’s mound, working on release points and firing fastballs in the mid-90s.
“There are times he throws it 50 yards with what looks like a flick of the wrist,” Cook said.

The no-look passes or the hip shakes past defenders into open space? That’s Mahomes in the open court as the school’s starting point guard.
“He’d come down on the break, look a defender off and pass it for an easy basket,” Cook said.

The ability to read defenses and sense the tendencies of defensive backs? That’s the Mahomes who was willing to play safety his sophomore season as a more experienced quarterback started. “He had a knack for knowing where the ball was going to be,” Cook said.

“Because he played multiple sports, the overlay of all of those experiences and skills are there in the NFL.”

“It’s all just one game for Patrick. It’s always been just one big game, just on different playing surfaces. In high school football you are guaranteed just 10 games. Instead Patrick was always playing something and learning how to win along the way.”

Specialization is the trend in youth sports these days, even to a frightening degree. Forget three-sport high school athletes. It can be a challenge to find three-sport fifth grade athletes. The average youth athlete age 6-12 played 1.87 team sports in 2018, according to the Aspen Institute State of Play’s 2019 report. That was down from 2.11 sports as recently as 2011.

Critics contend that it isn’t healthy and often leads to injuries or burnout. Parents, of course, often feel overwhelmed by the business of youth sports and the fear of their young athlete falling behind.

“The goal is to make them athletes for life, not create the best 12- year-old athlete,” said Jon Solomon, editorial director of the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program.

“Patrick Mahomes is a good example of how cross-training can help in the long-term.”
It’s not just single sports that are focused on these days, but single positions within single sports. He’s just a QB. She just plays shortstop.

As a senior in football he passed for 50 touchdowns and rushed for 15 more. In basketball, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds a game. And in baseball, he batted nearly .500 for his career, and when his fastball hit the mid-90s, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers.

Instead he headed to Texas Tech on a football scholarship, and he also spent one year on the Red Raider baseball team.

It wasn’t until spring of his sophomore season of college that he concentrated solely on football. He continued to play pick-up hoops until February of 2019, when a viral video of him playing outed him to the Chiefs. They promptly banned him from the court due to injury concerns.

The lesson for Mahomes is simple: playing three sports wasn’t a detriment to his development, it was an integral part of it. He was named the NFL’s MVP at just 23 years old due to his unique, multi-skill style of play.

“The mindset shouldn’t be, ‘I can do it,’” Cook said. “It should be, ‘I need to be doing it. I need to be playing all these games and getting all the experiences I can gain.’”


Our mission at The Susquehannock Camps is to encourage the moral, social, and physical development of campers, primarily through the medium of team and individual sports. The program is designed to engender self-reliance, self-confidence, and leadership ability. In athletic competition, at the dining table, and in cabin life, campers are taught tolerance and respect for others, how to deal gracefully with conflict, and a sense of fair play.

17 Feb Soccer Star Kristine Lilly Encourages Multi-Sport Diversification

Soccer Star Kristine Lilly Encourages Multi-Sport Diversification

Kristine Lilly is a four-time NCAA Champion at the University of North Carolina. She played in five World Cups for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, winning championships in 1991 and 1999. She is also a Positive Coaching Alliance board member and an assistant coach at the University of Texas.

She is an advocate of multi-sport diversification and believes single sport specialization can lead to burnout and over-coaching.

Please take a moment to watch this brief video with Kristine…

17 Feb Former NBA Coach Lionel Hollins on Why Sports Specialization is Overrated

Former NBA Coach Lionel Hollins on Why Sports Specialization is Overrated

Please take a moment to watch this brief video with Lionel Hollins. He is the father of four children, a former NBA Champion, All-Star and All Defensive First Teamer. He was the Head Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and is now an Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

He firmly believes specialization is overrated and talks throughout the video about how young athletes are heavily pressured by their parents to keep playing a sport they are not passionate about. He believes this pressure burns children out and prohibits them from playing a sport they may actually be better suited for.

Camp Susquehannock takes great pride in developing athleticism and confidence via multi-sport athletic development. If you have any questions or would like to talk about sending your child to Camp Susquehannock please feel free to contact me directly!

 

17 Feb How to Build Mental Toughness and Have Fun While Doing It

How to Build Mental Toughness and Have Fun While Doing It

When most people think of the term “mentally tough,” images of stone-faced dispassionate men and women serving as Army Rangers, Navy SEALs or Green Berets grinding through a tough moment seem to come to mind. I’ve trained with and competed against some of these individuals, and in most cases this is the farthest thing from the truth!

In reality, individuals who possess mental toughness tend to have an incredible sense of humor. They care deeply about others and their ability to laugh through tough times is simply a reflection of their true mental state. It is this mental state that is tough.

The more you put yourself in this mental state, the more permanent it becomes. It is a tool that can be used to endure pain, control self-discipline, accept challenges, venture into the unknown and enjoy life as it is presented – no matter what is presented!

Our ability to build and enhance these characteristics within ourselves will ultimately determine the level of our mental toughness.

One of our goals at Camp Susquehannock is to send children home walking a little taller, smiling a bit brighter, laughing with life and carrying with them a sense of humor. If they return home doing this you know they have built some mental toughness.

So… how do you build mental toughness and have fun while doing it?

First, as our Director of Operations Trish Kittredge says, you need to “embrace the suck.”

Can I say that? Oh well, I just did!

That’s right, you need to look forward to those moments you envision will be lousy. You need to be openly proud of the fact that you are about to take on and endure a challenge. When you do this, you take the energy right out of the situation and you own it. It becomes yours.

We do this on a daily basis at Susquehannock: campers play new sports and try new things every single day. We get them excited to do it before they even begin. This gets them looking forward to things they may otherwise think are intimidating and no fun.

Second, you must have the mindset that “taking the path of least resistance” is a non-starter. Next time you are working on your “to do list,” move the most challenging tasks to the top of the list. Tackle the stuff you hate to do right off the bat: work out as soon as you wake up, before you even eat breakfast … park as far as you can from the entrance of the grocery store, even if it’s raining … go for a run or a walk when it is raining or cold, instead of sitting inside and waiting for the next sunny day.


I had someone ask me about the indoor gymnasium on campus. I told them we don’t have one.
They went on to ask: “What do you do when it rains?”
I told them we go out in the rain and play. We get muddy. We laugh. We even swim in the lake!
Taking the path of least resistance is not an option.


Finally, you need to be able to laugh in moments when you may otherwise be discouraged. You need to laugh when things aren’t going your way or when things are about to get really hard.

I call this laughing with life

Laugh within the moment. Laugh within the situation you are about to get into.

We had a weekend in October when a group of students from inner city Philadelphia visited Susquehannock to experience the unknown, tackle new challenges and work through a variety of team-building exercises. It was scary for these kids.

They were about to experience 30 degree nights in unheated cabins, lukewarm showers and new challenges while battling fatigue far away from home. They were able to get through it to have an experience they will never forget because our staff had them laughing when they arrived, laughing prior to the events and laughing through the experience. They were laughing with life!

And here’s the best part…
It was raining and 40 degrees on the final day; two of our staff members decided it would be fun to swim in the lake, so they put on their bathing suits and headed to the Waterfront. Now, they didn’t just jump in and get right back out – they went off the diving board, then got out and went down the slide, and then off the diving board again!

The visiting campers watched this and cheered – they thought it was great! But do you know what these two polar bears were doing prior to jumping in the lake …while they were swimming in the lake …while they were freezing trying to dry off?

You guessed it…
They were laughing with life!

At Camp Susquehannock we learn to laugh with life – have a great day!

16 Feb Pro Beach Volleyball Player on Kids Playing Multiple Sports

Pro Beach Volleyball Player on Kids Playing Multiple Sports

Here is a short video featuring Kerri Walsh Jennings, professional Beach Volleyball player. It was shared by the Positive Coaching Alliance. I hope you enjoy it!

Kerri Walsh Jennings (@KerriLeeWalsh) is a professional Beach Volleyball player on Team USA. Walsh Jennings attended Stanford University on a scholarship before playing professionally, and is now a five-time Olympian, entering her first Games on the USA indoor Volleyball team, and a four-time Olympic champion. She is the most decorated Beach Volleyball Olympian of all-time, having won three gold and one bronze medal in Beach Volleyball. She has also had major success in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and World Tour, with 24 FIVB awards and honors under her belt since 2002.Walsh Jennings speaks to her belief that young athletes should play multiple sports while growing up. She says that the value of playing multiple sports is “physical, mental, and spiritual,” as it pushes athletes to grow and develop across different platforms. She states three main reasons why sports diversity is key:

Single-sport athletes:
+ have a higher chance of burning out
+ have a higher chance of developing over-use injuries
+ will never learn the full potential of their body

Kerri speaks to her experience playing multiple sports growing up until high school where she only played Volleyball and Basketball – the latter because she knew the cross training would make her better mentally and physically.

Walsh Jennings recommends that parents encourage their athletes to try multiple sports while growing up, so as to allow them to have a wide range of experiences and to more fully develop their skills.


I hope you found this video informative. Young athletes, and all children, need variety in their lives. They need sports to be fun and they need to develop their minds and bodies. Camp Susquehannock helps develop not only solid multi-sport athletes but young, confident, diverse, gritty young girls and boys.

If you have any questions about Camp Susquehannock please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at jbell@susquehannock.com or you can call me at (570) 967-2323.