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From Player to Coach: How Passion and Purpose Shaped a Career in Baseball (John Madden)

May 30, 2024

UGoProBaseball Owner John Madden discusses the challenges young athletes face due to social media pressure and highlights strategies for promoting a positive and supportive environment. Join us on this exciting new episode of the Dugout CEO!


  • Impact of Travel Baseball: The discussion highlighted concerns about the increasing prevalence of travel baseball at a young age and its potential negative effects on player development.
  • Social Media Pressure: Both speakers discussed the negative impact of social media on young athletes, particularly regarding performance metrics and criticism.
  • Emphasizing Enjoyment and Process: The importance of enjoying the development process rather than solely focusing on results was emphasized, along with the need for leaders to create a positive and supportive environment.
  • Building Confidence: Madden stressed the significance of celebrating small successes to build confidence in young athletes, highlighting the role of positive reinforcement and encouragement.
  • Leadership and Coaching Approach: The discussion touched on the importance of adopting a positive coaching approach that emphasizes encouragement and celebrates progress rather than solely focusing on criticism.

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