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Jeffrey Rhoads has coached youth sports for over 25 years. He has worked with all levels of young players-including both beginners with limited athleticism and more talented athletes who went on to success in high school and college. Drawing on both his experience as a coach and his own joyful, sports-filled youth, his writings provide valuable guidance for parents, coaches and players.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Avaplay Press (October 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984211306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984211302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,032,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I felt compelled to write a short review about this book after discovering it on my mom's end table when home on break from college. Growing up, I enjoyed youth sports but was not particularly competitive - I did not understand the value of lessons learned on the field and how it could apply to other aspects of my life. I wish my parents had read this book earlier and internalized and conveyed some of the messages to me. I believe I would have taken more initiative in my athletics and learned more lifelong lessons.

The section of the book that especially resonated with me discussed emphasizing internal rewards while still recognizing the importance of external rewards. The language Rhoads uses in the book does an excellent job expressing the impact of both types of rewards on the development of the youth.

I have continued to play sports into my adult life and I actually play more now than when I was younger. My health has improved through this physical activity. Athletics have also helped strengthen relationships with peers as well as across all ages.

Every parent needs to read this book in order to understand how to support athleticism in their child rather than let their child succumb to the computer or TV. The impact will last a lifetime.
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In an era where 75% of the youth who play in sports America drop out by the age of 13, this little book puts youth sports in perspective and gives parents practical advice on how to make to help their kids get more from sports than a "win at all cost" lesson.
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This book highlights what every parent, child and coach should get out of a youth sports experience. Regardless of age or talent level, any youngster and parent will get a reminder of what youth sports should be all about - learning and developing personal, athletic and social skills that can be carried through an entire lifetime. And hopefully volunteer coaches can be reminded about their most important role in the process - fostering that environment and imparting their knowledge onto our childrens' generations.
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