“Off the Pitch with Active”

These episodes are to help parents accelerate their children’s development and confidence in their sport by applying the recommendations from professionals, coaches and specialised educators.

Active #017 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Jenn Starkey of MVP Leadership Academy

72 minutes podcast. I have learned so much in my research into adult behaviours and how it affects our children.

I saw Jenn’s email address on an email I got from Reed Maltbie, (Coaching Code and Way of Champion podcasts). I didn’t know who Jenn were, but I watched an interview with her. I was so impressed with her approach to coaching kids and she demonstrated some tricks to get kids to expand their “can do thinking”. I had to have her on Off the Pitch with Active to share with parents and coaches in Australia.

Jenn speaks to 1000’s of children all around America and she shares many tools and ideas on how our children’s response to challenges.



0:00     Off the Pitch intro

1:15     Jen Starkey story and how she became involved helping teenagers all over America

7:30     Jenn discusses how children can approach challenges and her system for goal development is a brilliant tool to use.

14:15   To perform at the highest level, children need to be relaxed but they are under so much stress from their environment. Jenn share how she talk to teenagers about stress and high expectations.

20:30   Start with a full cup (also refer video link below)

31:31   Tools, parents and coaches can use with children and teenagers in sport.

35:30   Trolls & Traps

45:30   Mental toughness clinic, how does it help and what is Jedi mind tricks?

64:20   Astronomical accomplishments are possible amongst teens once they work out what they want. This is a way to help them find out.




Email: jenn@jennstarkey.com

Video link


Jenn Starkey, Team MVP joins private clients in Illinois after a TEEN LEAD local impact project to raise awareness for TOYS for Tots . The girls had just 3 hours to come up with and execute a plan to make a significant contribution to the local charity that collects toys for under-privileged kids during the holidays. In addition to making their own personal donation, they created a short awareness video to inspire others to give that was seen thousands of times in under 48 hours.