Psychology of Youth Athletes


In this interview, we cover the follow topics:

  • What is “mindset”
  • Helping our children be aware of what their emotions
  • Struggle vs. High Pressure Stress
  • Tips for parents when your child is struggling
  • The DoSo app (find it in the app store) and how it can help your child perform to the potential
  • Allowing our children to be their authentic selves emotionally while supporting them in controlling and understanding and being aware of their emotions
  • Plus much more!!


Stu Singer

Stu Singer has worked as the Director of Performance Psychology for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and as the performance psychologist for University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team, Fordham University Women’s Basketball team, Rice University and the Connecticut Sun among others. Stu served an integral role in helping the University of Maryland Women’s basketball team reach back to back Final Fours, and Fordham University women’s basketball in winning their first A-10 championship, receiving an NCAA tournament bid, and their best record in 20 years. Additionally, he has worked with players from MLS and NWSL, and the Men’s National Team Player Pool, Massachusetts ODP, and the Boston Bolts Development Academy coaches.

His approach focuses on teaching and providing mental performance skills for athletes that have the pressures of competing at elite levels in high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Stu also provides team trainings, clinics, and consultation with coaches on how to develop healthy and effective mental performance fundamentals for their athletes.

Stu completed his Doctor of Psychology coursework at the University of the Rockies specializing in sport and performance psychology, and is a professional member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Additionally, he received his M.Ed. in Counseling from Shippensburg University.

Stu is married to Juli, and has three kids – Rose, Jackson, and Lily. Each are multi-sport athletes, and Jackson is a ODP Region 1 selection, and Boston Bolts DA player. He knows what it is to be the parent of a youth athlete!