Jason has worked with both my kids. Abby, who plays lacrosse for Lake Norman High and Mikey, who loves football (Brawley) and basketball. He not only teaches sporting skills, but mentors on good leadership, manners, eating habits and responsibility for looking after yourself. Thank you Jason for showing our kids the way to a beautiful and healthy mind, body and soul.
Jason coached my son for 2 years on the football field and has been working with him a year off the field. He is a great fb coach and life coach. He has been a great influence and is much appreciated.
My daughter, Brooke was highly motivated by Jason’s positive reinforcement and encouraging coaching methods. She genuinely looked forward to participating in his training each day and feels confident that she improved her strength and speed because Jason pushed her with fun, challenging drills geared to increase speed and to improve acceleration/deceleration in multi-directions and strengthening fast twitch muscles. Self Esteem was also built as my daughter was taught not to be afraid of mistakes, as Jason emphasized failing is a huge part of the learning process for athletes. Jason mentally coached Brooke with daily feed back as she was inspired to push herself to work hard. I highly recommend Jason’s training for young athletes in all sports.
Brooke Freeman currently starts on defense for the Catawba College Women’s Soccer team as a freshmen. In 2017, she was the North Piedmont Conference Soccer Player of the Year & The Record and Landmark County Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Coach Jason has helped me both on the field and off; spiritually, mentally and physically. He is an all around coach that will better you in many more ways than athletic.
Noah Futch ’19, Charlotte Catholic DB; 2017 NC State Champ.
My son is a typical 9 year old who enjoys playing sports, but needed to tweak some of his skills to make him quicker and better on his feet. This absolutely did it!!! There was a marked difference in his speed and the way he ran and covered the field even after the first few weeks. Just Grinding provides training that spans all levels. Boy or girl, this is a great opportunity for any child, in any sport, to learn more about how their body works to get them maximum benefits when playing. The benefits came not only in the way of skill but confidence as well. I am looking forward to watching this program grow and I would recommend Jason to any parent who is looking to help their child be the best and most confident that they can be at the sports they love.
I also wanted to thank you for allowing my son to play this last season. I will let you know that when we moved here 3 months ago, I don’t think we really expected what we found here. What I mean by this is that he was usually the extreme player on his team. The coaches, they coached, but not to the degree or standard that you and your coaching staff do. Which turned out to be great, because it really opened his eyes. It took him aback for a while and he had issues adjusting to the differences while at the same time adjusting to moving as well. Your team is teaching him a higher degree of skill and also the brotherhood of the sport. Thank you for taking the time to coach him and push him to limits. He was not really used to that and he definitely came away with a new respect for the sport.
Our son, AJ, has been working with Jason Smith (Just Grinding) on his quarterback training over the past 2 seasons. Last year, AJ was a 7th grader and the starting QB on the middle school varsity team. This was quite the adjustment since AJ had never played tackle football (only flag) and we had just moved to the area. AJ’s offensive coordinator made the introduction to Jason and it proved to be invaluable. Jason didn’t just work on AJ’s footwork, drop backs and ball location, but more importantly it was the attention he gave towards AJ’s mental game, how to fuel his body to recover, what to say in a huddle, how to be a leader, his voice inflection and most importantly, forgetting the last play and moving on to the next that helped the most. His instruction and insight the first few weeks helped AJ not only improve his game and grow his confidence, but it helped AJ adjust to his new home through being an integral part of his team.
AJ and Jason started up again in mid-summer to prepare for the final season of middle school football after baseball season was over. Just like last year, they get together every Sunday for 2 hours. AJ’s arm strength has substantially improved and his QB knowledge has soared this year after the first few sessions. He is throwing further, harder and more accurately every week, making quicker reads on the defense and his timing in the pocket is night and day compared to a year ago. Last year it was about learning, improving and surviving, but this year he is applying what he has learned and thriving.
As we wrap up this season, the team is 5-1 and heading to the championship game tomorrow night. We have no idea what the future holds for AJ, but we do know that the lessons he learned with Jason these past 2 years is transferable to not just another sport, but in life. Their connection is so much more than a QB and the quarterback coach. Jason asks open-ended questions and makes AJ think through the throw, not just physically make the throw. Jason has him laughing one second, but focused the next, with every critique there is a positive message, and after every session, AJ is better than he was before he started it.
We are quite confident that regardless of his athletic future, AJ and Jason will have an ongoing relationship for years to come. We cannot thank Jason enough for the invaluable lessons AJ has learned from him. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Jeff and Kari Sirianni