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Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports Paperback – Bargain Price, September 5, 2006
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This immensely readable book assembles brilliantly the most important lessons learned from parents, respected athletes, educators, physicians, trainers and coaches. (Eli Newberger, M.D., Professor at Harvard Medical School and author of THE MEN THEY WILL BECOME )
An invaluable resource...superbly informative and educational...for not only every sports mom, but educator and parent as well. (Robert C. Cantu, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Co-Director Neurological Sports Injury Center Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Author of Neurological Head and Spine Injuries. )
A book every family needs to have and utilize to keep their children safe and off the field. (David Janda, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Director of the Institute of Preventative Sports Medicine. )
For those with a stake in those children who are involved in sports, de Lench is important reading. (Paul Bearmon, M.D., Emergency Room Physician, President of "Keep 'em All Playing" )
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In HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MOTHERS IN YOUTH SPORTS, Brooke de Lench looks beyond the minivan-chauffeuring, frazzled women behind children's athletics. In this culmination of experience and research, de Lench examines everything from when to register kids for sports to how to handle bad coaching situations.
This wonderful resource is divided into three major sections: "Part I: The Role of Sports Mothers in the Family"; "Part II: Sports Mothers, Coaches, and Other Parents"; and "Part III: What Mothers Can Do to Reform Youth Sports."
Part I steps mothers through the process of getting children started in sports. Knowing what sport(s) to register your child in is just as important as determining a good age to begin. Also discussed are differences between boys and girls, the need for balancing family schedules, preventing abuse, and dealing with injuries and injury prevention.
Part II addresses the ever-growing concerns over abusive coaches and parents, as well as ways to handle such situations.
Part III gives great tips for mothers (and fathers) to advocate for their kids. Mothers can and should take active roles in their kids' sports. Besides driving and providing snacks, there are many more ways to contribute, even if a mom is a busy professional.
The material in this book is concise and well written. Some themes are repeated throughout the book, but these are important ideas that cannot be expressed enough (such as whether the kids are having fun, safety, and so on).Read more ›
I have read a lot of books in this genre and Home Team Advantage is by far my favorite. I refer to it often.
Craig Sigl, the teen mental toughness trainer
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This is an exceptionally well-produced and well-organized book which oozes quality and is a joy to read. Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by J. Beach
I heard author De Lench talking on NPR national radio last week about this book and all of the work she has done (is doing) with preventing catastrophic injuries and death of kids... Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by Kelsey Jenkinson
Chapter after chapter we hear about how "winning at all cost," over-competitiveness and how kids specialize in a sport way too soon (before high school varsity level), the author... Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by Franci