I spent 6 years within the Kinesiology department at Western University. This included 4 years of undergrad and 2 years of postgrad. Specifically, my Master’s thesis focused on the integration of new players into competitive adolescent hockey teams. Working with these teams during my Master’s project provided me with first-hand insight regarding the atmosphere and dynamics of these groups. Additionally, serving as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of sports psychology classes has allowed me to become well-versed in many aspects of sports psych. While I’m well aware of the numerous benefits of psychological skills training, I’m also aware that these skills are currently under-utilized by youth sport teams. My job is to convert theoretical sports psychology concepts to practical, ready-to-use tips and techniques to optimize the performance and environment of athletes.