“Off the Pitch with Active”

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


Episode #42: Interview with 3 teens who impact youth sport

This is a world first youth sport podcast episode with 3 teens, 2 girls and 1 boy. It is always adults who tell us what kids & Teens want in sport, but how about speaking to them directly and listen to what they have to say.

In this episode, I have found 2 amazing 15 & 16 year old girls from here in Adelaide, Australia and a 16 year old boy from New Jersey, USA.

We are kicking off with Brandon Shintani, Brandon is a student at Ridgewood High School, in New Jersey and is the Sports and Wellness Columnist for his high school paper and much more.
After Brandon, I like to introduce you to Lucy Benn. Lucy is in year 11 and we will discuss her findings in her SACE project. She asks, “What are the psychological reasons girls leave sport?”
And we will finish off with Emily Gale, it is an old recording never released, but it is perfect for this episode. Emily is 15 at the time and she referee U18 boys soccer. Now that is a girl with a lot of confidence. She also plays soccer and Futsal. So, sit down grab a coffee, enjoy, and learn something new starting with Brandon.



75:30   min episode

01:40   Brief intro of the 3 teens

03:15   Brandon Shintani’s brief background

04:45   Welcoming Brandon and he talks about when he started and what he is doing.

08:15   Brandon “Honestly I only played sport to have fun and make friends” He also said he have friends playing on a very high level.

12:20   How is Brandon’s parents supporting him in sport, but he also had support outside his family.

15:45   Major injury stopped his sport at 15-Where is support now when motivation was so hard to find?

23:00   Some great mindful advice from Brandon and final thoughts

28:50   Wrapping up with Brandon


29:55   Introducing Lucy and she talks about her start in sport around 2-3 years of age playing with her older brothers😉.

30:30   Lucy explain her school research project of why girls quit sport.

34:55   How did other girls in her school respond to her questions. Take note on the response.

38:28   Lucy gives great advice to us parents.

39:10   Body image and impact in sport.

44:00   School & sport balance

48:30   I asked Lucy how she feel about parents yelling and how it impacts her performance.

53:20   Suggestions on how to fix the issue and to make it more fun.


60:15   Introducing Emily and we chat about her involvement in sport as a referee and player.

63:00   Challenging moments for a teenage referee


Brandon Shintani


Brandon is a student at Ridgewood High School, in New Jersey and is the Sports and Wellness Columnist for his high school paper. He is also the founder of “Mind-Design Sports”. It is a platform for relevant topics in sport psychology, blogs, podcasts, and an opportunity to participate in their unique mentorship program.

Topics include Self-Talk, Boosting Confidence, and Pre-Game Mental Techniques.

A keen learner of all things practical, Brandon highly recommends the National Geographic series "Brain Games" for a better understanding of psychology in everyday life. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and finding ways to promote health and wellness to kids and teens throughout the world.

Connect with Brandon:

Web:  https://www.mind-designsports.org

Email: MindDesignSports@gmail.com

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/mind-design-sports/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MindDesignSport

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mind_design_sports/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-wRM7I4lTCYcdLuNwrGYQg/videos


Lucy Benn

Lucy is a year 11 student with a passion for soccer. She played in 2 main clubs in Adelaide as well as school and she has also represented South Australia in the Nationals while being in Yr 9.

She is working on a very important SACE school project which is very close to my heart. Analysing the psychological factors of why girls leave sport.

Emily Gale

Emily, is an impressive young girl with passion for everything soccer. She is playing & refereeing and running the lines. She also play and referee futsal.

You will be inspired when you hear her in this episode.