“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#040: Interview with VJ Stanley, Balanced Excellence about puberty & sport

52:45 minutes podcast.

VJ Stanley was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school and won the school’s first ever Leadership Award as an athlete, VJ won the high school hockey league scoring title as a junior and was a First All-Star Selection. In his senior year, he received Second All-Star Honors and also played junior hockey for the Rochester Monarchs. He went on to play hockey at Clarkson University, where he sustained two concussions in one week, which ended his career after only one game.

VJ founded Balanced Excellence as an answer to his family’s and friends’ constant questions about the stress associated with their children’s participation in youth sports. The company is based on Science, Psychology and data

He is an author of 4 books “Stop the Tsunami in youth sport”, “Less is more”, “talented athletes” and his latest “Does your mind, mind what you are doing to your body”. 

His latest presentation, “Creating the Championship Mindset”, has been endorsed nationally by Lou Vairo, the 1984 US Olympic Men’s Hockey Coach and USA Hockey Hall of Famer

He has been on numerous TV shows and podcasts, he also produced a documentary “Frozen shorts” addressing issues in youth sport.


52:45   min episode part 1

02:11   Introducing V.J and he gives a few minutes background of his extensive life in youth sport which begun in 1976.

06:11   Puberty and its impact and starting with the 10 and under group.

14:56   Children have abundance of energy, but what about their mental capacity to learning? You will be surprised how V.J respond to this question.

18:11   Hang On, they cannot learn by playing Simon says, or can they?

27:51   Is a warm-up drill for U10 valuable to teach discipline? If only 1% make it, why should we coach like every will make it?

31:26   The world is changing; we just need to listen to experts in this space.

33:46   Which characteristics can a child learn from play?

37:11   I asked V.J, how does guilt from coaches and parents affect young players?

43:32   V.J discuss confidence, winning and being competitive.

52:18   Puberty and life beyond-Life is about to change for everyone.

Frozen short documentary video



Web:  https://www.balancedexcellence.com

Email: vj@balancedexcellence.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/v-j-stanley-jr-a4551b36

Twitter: @balncdExllnce

Facebook: @Frozenshorts

A free e-book “Does your mind, mind what you are doing to your body” authored by V.J Stanley is available for free please email ken@yellowforyelling.com