Changing the Game

Author: John O'Sullivan
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
ISBN: 9781614486473
Release Date: 2013-08-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The modern day youth sports environment has taken the enjoyment out of athletics for our children. Currently, 70% of kids drop out of organized sports by the age of 13, which has given rise to a generation of overweight, unhealthy young adults. There is a solution. John O’Sullivan shares the secrets of the coaches and parents who have not only raised elite athletes, but have done so by creating an environment that promotes positive core values and teaches life lessons instead of focusing on wins and losses, scholarships, and professional aspirations. Changing the Game gives adults a new paradigm and a game plan for raising happy, high performing children, and provides a national call to action to return youth sports to our kids.

Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way

Author: Cal Ripken
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440622728
Release Date: 2007-04-05
Genre: Family & Relationships

Since he retired from baseball in 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr., has devoted his time to coaching kids, including his own son and daughter, who play baseball and basketball, among other sports. With a baseball league of nearly 700,000 kids, ages 5-12, named for him, he has also had a chance to meet and work with countless young athletes. Cal Ripken’s simple yet effective philosophy for helping kids get the most out of playing sports is to keep it simple, explain the "why," celebrate the individual, and make it fun! But Ripken is troubled by what he sees in youth sports: a competitive intensity that removes the element of fun from playing. Now, drawing on his experiences as a father, a player, and a coach to his charges at his youth baseball based organization, Ripken Baseball, the legend offers his insights and advice on how to approach organized sports with your kids to ensure they have the best experience possible, stay fit, and enjoy themselves. Whether you were a star player or a kid who never learned to throw, this book will tell you everything you need to know about sports parenting from the pre-school years to middle school. It covers all the bases, including: Teaching the basics of sportsmanship How an overemphasis on technique or winning can harm your child’s game How to develop a good relationship with your child’s coach The pros and cons of travel teams and club teams The importance of returning the games to the kids and how best to behave as a parent The latest on performance and nutrition Fun games and exercises to do with your kids to encourage them Why most kids burn out on team sports by middle school and how to avoid it Few athletes embody sportsmanship and fair play as perfectly as Cal Ripken. His advice will inspire confidence in kids and parents alike.

Youth Sports in America The Most Important Issues in Youth Sports Today

Author: Skye Arthur-Banning
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440843020
Release Date: 2018-06-30
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Written by a former Olympic consultant, this authoritative book examines youth sports in America today, from the organizations and companies that dominate organized youth sports to high-profile controversies ranging from burnout and out-of-control parents to the health risks of youth football. • Examines negative influences of youth sports on families, from financial sacrifice to parental misbehavior • Discusses the benefits of playing on an organized team • Provides a historical overview of youth sports in the United States • Contains a list of resources for further study • Includes contact information on important sports-related organizations

The Gold Mine Effect

Author: Rasmus Ankersen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781848314238
Release Date: 2012-07-05
Genre: Business & Economics

'A great read and a fascinating insight into performance.' Sir Clive Woodward We all want to discover our hidden talents and make an impact with them. But how? Rasmus Ankersen, an ex-footballer and performance specialist, quit his job and for six intense months lived with the world's best athletes in an attempt to answer this question. Why have the best middle distance runners grown up in the same Ethiopian village? Why are the leading female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Kingston, Jamaica, succeed in producing so many world-class sprinters? Ankersen presents his surprising conclusions in seven lessons on how anyone - or any business, organisation or team - can defy the many misconceptions of high performance and learn to build their own gold mine of real talent.

Let Them Play

Author: Jerry Lynch
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781608684359
Release Date: 2016-08-05
Genre: Sports & Recreation

American youth sports are in crisis: Parents are fighting with referees, coaches, their kids, and one another. Micromanaged kids are losing their passion to play. In Let Them Play, sports psychologist and team consultant Dr. Jerry Lynch provides an antidote to parental overinvolvement. Combining psychological insight with spiritual principles from Taoism and Buddhism, Lynch lays out core principles to help parents achieve equanimity and provide healthy direction for their kids. He gives parents strategies and tools taken from his work with national champions to help kids to perform at higher levels, become better team players, and most important, have more fun. Filled with easy-to-implement advice, Let Them Play will empower your athletic child to be mentally strong for sports and life.

Raising an Athlete

Author: Jack Perconte
Publisher: Second Base Pub
ISBN: 0979356229
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Through real-life examples and time-tested advice, this guide provides parents and coaches insights into how to deal with the challenges and pitfalls that arise as children progress in sports. From handling the inevitable tears and frustrations and honing the appropriate message for varying age ranges and skill levels to recognizing the real performance enhancers and how to keep burnout at bay, this handbook emphasizes integrity, hard work, and practice as well as the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership in players. Advice on using humor to relieve stress, overcoming adversity, and how to handle troublesome coaches is also included.

Bring Your A Game

Author: Jennifer L. Etnier
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807898512
Release Date: 2009-12-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success in sport. And like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many young athletes have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. This book was written specifically for young athletes interested in improving their performance and reaching their potential in sport. Bring Your "A" Game introduces key strategies for mental training, such as goal setting, pre-performance routines, confidence building, and imagery. Each of the seventeen chapters focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition. Whether used at home by student athletes or assigned by coaches as part of team development, Bring Your "A" Game will help young performers develop a plan for success and learn to deal with the challenges of pursuing excellence in sport.

Raising Your Child to Be a Champion in Athletics Arts and Academics

Author: Wayne Bryan
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 0806526602
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Family & Relationships

As father, coach and mentor, Wayne Bryan helped his twin sons become the world's #1 tennis doubles team. His winning philosophy has always been simple: focus on playing before learning, motivate early and often, and most of all, have fun. Now Bryan has distilled his proven formula for success into a unique book that shows parents how to help their kids become champions in athletics, the arts, academia - and just about anything else they chose to undertake. Concise and accessible, this guide is packed with Bryan's trademark energy and common sense tips designed to inspire success.

Just Let the Kids Play

Author: Bob Bigelow
Publisher: HCI
ISBN: 1558749276
Release Date: 2001-08-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

"Bob's message is a must for all parents and coaches. He challenges adults to understand their effect on youngsters, and that kids' needs have to be met first." Bob Trupin, Westport, CT This is not just another book touting improved sportsmanship and better coaching to remedy the violence in youth sports today. Just Let the Kids Play is the first book to identify the youth sports systems as the cause of the problem, and offers practical ways to rebuild them so they better serve the physical and emotional needs of children. First-round NBA draft pick, part-time NBA scout and youth coach Bob Bigelow joins journalists Tom Moroney and Linda Hall to put youth sports under harsh review. They explain the controversial belief that elite traveling teams at young ages should be abolished and replaced with equal playing time, team parity and shortened seasons, among others. Focusing on soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey, they highlight ten programs nationwide where these principles are working, and offer ways to integrate them into existing programs without sacrificing a child's chances for success. Soccer moms and hockey dads will discover that it really is possible to sleep in on Saturdays without sacrificing their child's future!

The Most Expensive Game in Town

Author: Mark Hyman
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807001370
Release Date: 2012-03-20
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Building on the eye-opening investigation into the damaging effects of the ultra-competitive culture of youth sports in his previous book, Until It Hurts, Mark Hyman's new book looks at the business of youth sports, how it has changed, and how it is affecting young Americans. Examining the youth sports economy from many sides--the major corporations, small entrepreneurs, coaches, parents, and, of course, kids--Hyman probes the reasons for rapid changes in what gets bought and sold in this lucrative marketplace. Just participating in youth sports can be expensive. Among the costs are league fees, equipment, and perhaps private lessons with a professional coach. With nearly 50 million kids playing organized sports each year, it is easy to see how profitable this market can be. Hyman takes us to tournaments sponsored by Nike, Gatorade, and other big businesses, and he talks to parents who sacrifice their vacations and savings to get their (sometimes reluctant) junior stars to these far-off, expensive venues for a chance to shine. He introduces us to videos purporting to teach six-month-old babies to kick a ball, to professional athletes who will "coach" an eight-year-old for a hefty fee, to a town that has literally staked its future on preteen sports. With its extensive interviews and original reporting, The Most Expensive Game in Town explains the causes and effects of the commercialization of youth sports, changes that the author argues are distorting and diminishing family life. He closes with strong examples of individuals and communities bucking this destructive trend.

Until it Hurts

Author: Mark Hyman
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807021180
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Family & Relationships

An assessment of the damaging nature of ultra-competitive youth sports considers the consequences of high-pressure athletics on children and their families and traces the author's investigations into youth athletic clubs and associations throughout the country.

The Matheny Manifesto

Author: Mike Matheny
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 9780553446722
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Athletes

Mike Matheny was just forty-one when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manger of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. He enjoyed immediate success as a manager, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years. But he is perhaps as well known for his tough-love philosophy, famously expressed in a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached. That letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports and then offering a hopeful path forward.

Raising Elite Athletes

Author: Malcolm Conway
Publisher: Total Publishing and Media
ISBN: 088144071X
Release Date: 2011-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Written specifically for parents from grade school to college Dr. Malcolm Conway tears away the myths and falsehoods surrounding sports training, college recruiting, injury prevention and recovery, sports nutrition, coaching, and even "over-parenting." Dr. Conway has interviewed 12 top world class athletes from various professional sports to ask them how they prepared as a young athlete. This information is so valuable it will cut years off of the experience needed in helping develop an elite athlete. Dr. Conway has worked with some of the biggest names in sports including athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, AHL, WTA, and ATP. "Every athlete is silently begging to be led to success, says Dr. Conway. With the right information, you can help your son or daughter develop the necessary skills, character, and athleticism to help them become an elite athlete." Hired personally by the athletes, Dr. Conway has worked at some of the most prestigious sporting events world-wide including: NFL playoffs, XXXV Super Bowl, and Wimbledon Championships, U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Through his extensive and intimate knowledge of the professional world of sports Dr. Conway has learned what it takes to become on elite athlete. Everything you need to know as a parent is in this book to help your athlete succeed. An authoritative inside scoop to the reality of sports and that will allow you to build your plan to develop elite performance.

11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents

Author: Janis B Meredith
Publisher:
ISBN: 1483560414
Release Date: 2016-03-10
Genre:

Do you want to give your child a positive youth sports experience? If so, there are some habits that you must develop. I believe that happy and positive sports parents have established 11 habits--intentional or not--and have learned that the secret of positive sports parenting is really no secret at all. It s decisions they ve made--weekly, daily, and hourly--to practice behavior that will allow their children to get the most out of the youth sports experience. Happy and positive sports parents make choices that become habits, and those habits not only make their own experience as a sports parent more enjoyable, they make their child s youth sports experience more enjoyable as well. Would you like to give your child a positive youth sports experience? Then start practicing these 11 habits of happy and positive sports parents."