“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#009: Reed Maltbie; Educator/Coach with master’s degrees in Sport Psychology and Early Childhood Education

56:06 minutes podcast. I have learned so much in my research into adult behaviours and how it affect our children. Reed is one of my mentors.

With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two master’s degrees (one in sport psychology and one in Early Childhood Education), Coach Reed has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help athletes, coaches, and parents find more effective ways to navigate the youth sport environment.

Since the release of his 2015 TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he has become a trusted educator, advisor, and speaker to sports organizations all over the globe. I personally love when he is being geeky and break down the science and translate it into practical example of behaviors. He is certainly delivering in this podcast.



01:10   Introduction of Reed Maltbie and academic background into coaching and educating young children.

06:30   Which part of our brain activates when we watch our kids play sport. You will be amazed when Reed break down the science of the Lizard brain into a simple language for us non-academics.

17:15   Reed shares what research show when coaches yell at the young athletes? We also discuss yelling in different scenarios such as instructing player, complaining at officials, own coach or club.

35:10   Challenges and internal voices kids tell themselves

39:30   Reed help to relate to the different phases (Discovery phase, Skills Acquisition phase & Game training phase) and how it relates to the children’s brain development.



Twitter @Coach_Reed

Instagram @coach_reed

Facebook @Coach Reed -Echoes Beyond The Game

Podcasts mentioned in the episode

The Coaching Code-Host and producer (available on iTune)

Way of Champions-Host John O’Sullivan and Coach Reed producer (available on iTune & Stitcher)