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Hello! My name is Alyze Pierce, a coach, sports psychology consultant, certified youth nutritionist and, most importantly, a very involved mother of 3 children. I started my business, Premier Development Academy, after coaching my oldest son in A.Y.S.O and realizing that the majority of kids were getting minimal benefits from their experience. To many kids and parents, success meant goals scored, trophies accumulated, wins on the scorecard. Kids, and their parents, were missing out on the big picture in youth sports: gaining valuable life skills and celebrating effort rather than success. I quickly came to see that my true value as a coach and mentor was not simply to teach kids how to kick a soccer ball but rather to help them become more resilient, respectful, passionate athletes and human beings. I founded the Premier Development Academy so that I could provide ALL kids with the individualized coaching, positive support, nutritional guidance and life skill training to reach their maximum potentials as players and young people. On this blog, I will cover a wide array of topics, including: positive parenting of your child athlete, what indicators parents should look for before enrolling their child in a sports program, nutritional advice on practice/game day, how coaches can create an emotionally supportive environment for success and working with your child to incorporate visualization, breathing exercises and goal setting into his/her practice/game day regime. If you are a parent or coach whose child is participating in youth sports in any capacity or if you are an athlete looking to take your game to the next level, tune into this blog for valuable insight and information!


Over the course of the season, we want to encourage the kids to take risks, to welcome responsibility and to approach difficult situations as challenges rather than threats.  Most of the time, people …

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Great competitors are motivated more by internal goals than by external rewards. To develop advanced skills, an athlete has to like to play the game. Here are 4 ways that …

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Water is sufficient for keeping your body hydrated before, during an after an easy/moderate workout. That said, if the workout is intense, lasts for 60 minutes or longer or is …

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A: Although string cheese provides a great source of protein and calcium for growing kids, it is not an ideal pre-game/practice snack because it offers no carbohydrate. Our kids store …

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In this edition of Nutritionist’s Nook, registered dietitian Kim Shapira-Ochacher tackles pre-season nutrition prep with recommended meal routines, warning signs of dehydration, hydration tips, and so much more! Click the …

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