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"Bring Your 'A' Game introduces young athletes to key strategies such as goal setting, pre-performance routines, confidence building, and imagery."--Carolina Country


"Bring Your 'A' Game offers young athletes . . . a nice primer for mental training. . . . [A] great first step . . . helping young 'achievers' understand the mental aspect of their game or other activity."--PA West Touchline


"Offers strategies for junior- and high-school athletes to reach their potential through mental training. . . . The advice is concrete and clearly rooted in the author's wide experience."--Kirkus Reviews


"Teaches how to implement the mental skills that contribute to mental toughness. . . . While [it] is written for the young athlete, adults who work with young people will also find it helpful."--ForeWord

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"I have found that the first step in building a championship team is to get each individual player to think like a champion. Jennifer Etnier's Bring Your 'A' Game is essential reading for any young athlete who dreams of playing at the highest level."--Anson Dorrance, women's soccer coach, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|"I learned early in my career that proper mental training and preparation are what differentiates the good from the great performers in sports. Bring Your 'A' Game is a must-read for young athletes looking to get the most out of their potential and perform at the highest level on the field, on the court, or in the classroom."--Brad Woodall, former Major League Baseball player, owner of Woodall Baseball Instruction, Middleton, WI
|"Bring Your 'A' Game introduces young athletes, their parents, and their coaches to fundamental principles for enhancing the level and consistency of sport performance. Dr. Etnier offers lively real-world examples from high-level sport and practical exercises to connect with readers. Best of all, many of these valuable concepts can also be applied outside of sport to enhance performance in other important areas of young people's lives."--David E. Conroy, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807859907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807859902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ann on January 27, 2010
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I bought this book for my daughter who is a competitive swimmer. She is 12 years old and really gets extremely anxious during swim meets. Since her anxiety is created within herself, I started searching means to help her deal with this issue. Fortunately I stumbled on Bring Your A Game by Jennifer Etnier and I was very impressed with this book. I can't believe that it just came out when I really started trying to figure out ways to help my daughter cope with her anxiety. It is very well written and my daughter and I really enjoyed reading it together and discussing the topics outlined in the book. Not only has this book helped my daughter reduce her anxiety during swim meets, but also for taking test in school. I would highly recommend this book for all young people to read. Thank you!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By booksy on January 20, 2010
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I am not a child and I'm not an athlete, but I read this book to learn about some of the psychological aspects of sports training, and how I can apply it to my own life and career as an artist.

The book is clearly written and spells out various strategies that a young athlete can use to develop "mental toughness." These include imagery, negative thought-stopping, coming up with pre-performance routines, and dealing with setbacks. I especially liked the section that explains whether a person is process or outcome-oriented (I was surprised to find out what I was!), and I liked the advice about how to build confidence.

This book is essential reading for any young athlete that wants to compete at a high level, and should also be required reading for that athlete's parents as well. Much of the information can be used by non-athletes who want to prepare for presentations or performances, or anyone who wants to learn how to get to the top of their chosen field, as well. I found it had better advice and was less gimmicky than many of the pop psychology books I've read over the years.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rafa on August 4, 2010
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This book has great introductory insight for young athletes about what it takes to be mentally tough, not just in sports but in school and day to day life. It is very comprehensive but presented in a way that middle school and high school aged kids alike can grasp. My 13 year old brother has really liked the tools presented at the end of each chapter to use as he charts out his monitored progress.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DG C on January 28, 2013
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So many good points. I couldn't it put it down my self. But don't buy on kindle. I ended up having to buy both because of the worksheets to work through. It's not practical to do digitally.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By beyondthefaceoffacebook on November 26, 2011
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I think this is a very good read, EVEN AS AN ADULT, for seeing how we are both our own 1) coach and 2)athlete in everything we do - as an employee, a spouse, a parent, a student... in any area of our life where we have aspirations, goals, and challenges/obstacles to reaching our objectives.

There are also some very healthy and simple empowerment strategies, examples, and mental "tricks" for helping helping to ensure long-haul success! The concepts are explained very thoughtfully, with acknowledgement and anticipation beforehand of the proverbial "what-if"'s that typcially come up when discussing some of these matters.

Much appreciated!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erin J Aliaga on February 15, 2013
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My 9-year old is reading this book out loud. He understands it and I enjoy listening to it. Well organized and motivating!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suz on March 9, 2013
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This is a perfect book for a second year captain. I use this with high school age girls. Good follow up to the book, The Team Captains Leadership Manuel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly H. on February 25, 2015
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Bought it for my kid who is 15 and on the baseball team, trying to help encourage his A" game...lol, he said it was "aight"...
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