Huntsville Sports Commission to host renowned youth sports expert Tuesday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Parents and coaches of young athletes should clear their schedules Tuesday night. A crucial conversation will take place that focuses on raising happy and high-performing athletes.

The Huntsville Sports Commission will host best-selling author John O'Sullivan in the Rocket City as he shares his advice on creating positive, player-first environments.

"We've got so many playing in our city and we see the expectations that parents have for their kids and we want to kind of balance that so the kids will enjoy their youth sports experience and the parents also know how to act while they're participating," said executive director Ralph Stone.

O'Sullivan travels the country discussing the now ultra-competitive environment of youth sports. He says 70 percent of children drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13.

O'Sullivan will give two speeches, one geared toward parents, the other directed at coaches, but both will focus helping young athletes perform to their potential, while giving children ownership and enjoyment of their sports experience.

The sessions will be held in the auditorium at Randolph High School on Tuesday. The first session is for parents and starts at 5:30 p.m., while the coach session begins at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about John O'Sullivan and his "Changing the Game" project, click here.

To watch his Ted Talk, click here.