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Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport Paperback – Bargain Price, April 5, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402208
  • ASIN: B001G8WS1O
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As parents of kids who love sports, Janet and I know that there are many factors that contribute to children having a positive sports experience. Cal Ripken offers a unique perspective on the issues surrounding youth sports today and this book provides great tips and advice for all parents with kids who have a passion for any sport. -- Wayne Gretzky, hockey legend and sports parent

At no other time in the history of youth sports is a book about parenting more valuable. It’s uncanny how Cal is able to bring his experience at the highest level of sports down to the grassroots in this book. This is because he is a parent who knows the importance of all of us keeping things in perspective…in reality he really cares. -- Fred Engh , founder and President ,The National Alliance for Youth Sports

I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to teach kids, parents and coaches than Cal. -- Alex Rodriguez, 2003 American League Most Valuable Player

In a world where genuinely admirable men and women are in short supply, Cal Ripken, Jr. is clearly and indisputably one of them… -- Washington Post Book World

As parents of kids who love sports, Janet and I know that there are many factors that contribute to children having a positive sports experience. Cal Ripken offers a unique perspective on the issues surrounding youth sports today and this book provides great tips and advice for all parents with kids who have a passion for any sport. (Wayne Gretzky, hockey legend and sports parent)

At no other time in the history of youth sports is a book about parenting more valuable. It’s uncanny how Cal is able to bring his experience at the highest level of sports down to the grassroots in this book. This is because he is a parent who knows the importance of all of us keeping things in perspective…in reality he really cares. (Fred Engh , founder and President ,The National Alliance for Youth Sports)

I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to teach kids, parents and coaches than Cal. (Alex Rodriguez, 2003 American League Most Valuable Player)

In a world where genuinely admirable men and women are in short supply, Cal Ripken, Jr. is clearly and indisputably one of them… (Washington Post Book World)

From the Back Cover

Praise for Cal Ripken:

"As parents of kids who love sports, Janet and I know that there are many factors that contribute to children having a positive sports experience. Cal Ripken offers a unique perspective on the issues surrounding youth sports today and this book provides great tips and advice for all parents with kids who have a passion for any sport."
—Hockey legend and sports parent Wayne Gretzky

"At no other time in the history of youth sports is a book about parenting more valuable. It’s uncanny how Cal is able to bring his experience at the highest level of sports down to the grassroots in this book. This is because he is a parent who knows the importance of all of us keeping things in perspective…in reality he really cares."
—Fred Engh , founder and President , The National Alliance for Youth Sports

"I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to teach kids, parents and coaches than Cal."
-Alex Rodriguez, 2003 American League Most Valuable Player

"In a world where genuinely admirable men and women are in short supply, Cal Ripken, Jr. is clearly and indisputably one of them…"
Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Cal Ripken, Jr. played twenty-one seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and has broken numerous baseball records, including Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (Ripken played 2,632). He is one of only seven players in history to reach 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. His previous books include The Only Way I Know (which was a New York Times bestseller and a #1 Washington Post bestseller) and Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Guide to Fundamentals, coauthored with his brother Bill Ripken, also a national bestseller.

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Great book for parents with kids involved with sports.
Coach Bill
There was a study done recently that showed that 75% of all kids who play sports stop completely by age 13.
Marc Sirkin
The writing is also very good, not too long and full of great advice.
Christopher Pung

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been honored to have coached youth sports for sixteen seasons. I've often struggled with what is best for the kids in the long run against a parent's internal drive for competition, and to win. This book should nearly be a mandate for every parent in this country who has kids playing sports. Cal, along with Rick Wolff, who is Chairman of the Center for Sports Parenting, have created an outstanding book that covers all the bases about child development, skill development, and long-term success. In a society where news is filled with overzealous, and even violent parents in kids sports, this book offers the cure. It even provides the secret to creating long-term athletic success (and it is not what most parents think it is).

The book is full of practical advice about how to broaden athletic skills and deal with the developmental and emotional challenges kids face when playing organized youth sports (how we wish for the sandlots of yesteryear). In fact, when my seven-year-old son got out at a play at second, and couldn't control his emotions, I found myself driving home frantically just to reread the chapter on "dealing with disappointment", so I could help him through it.

When I was a kid, I didn't have fun, wasn't given a chance, and I was one of the millions of kids in this country that stopped playing sports. Cal and Rick are right on target about what to do to keep kids playing. The messages in this can create happier kids, happier fields, less-stressed parents, and in the long run, more kids that choose to play sports for a lifetime (and do them well).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Djafri on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was excellent. It made a lot of references to baseball but it can be applied to any sport. He does mention other sports and uses examples with them. This book is great for any parent that has a child in sports. It covers, the basics of sportsmanship and how an overemphasis on technique or winning can harm your child. It also covers how to develop a good relationship with your child's coach and why most kids burn out on team sports by middle school and how to avoid it. My 2 daughters swim on a swim team and one of them also plays soccer. I found myself thinking of myself in many of the examples and also of the other parents that I know on our team. I think it is a good down to earth book and it gives a lot of helpful advice on how to deal with various things that come up when your children play sports. I think it should be required for any parent that has a child in youth sports.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Sirkin on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a coach. In another life, I think that I'd do that as a profession. In this life however, I've been coaching my 2 girls in a variety of sports and learning so many lessons. As they have gotten older, more and more issues have come up that have pushed me past those easy tee-ball days. Suddenly, drafts and organizational politics have come into play - neither of which I could care about all that much. I'm still more concerned with my singular goal for each season:

How many of these kids will have so much fun that they will come back and play another season?

There was a study done recently that showed that 75% of all kids who play sports stop completely by age 13. Athletics was such an important part of shaping who I am today and for my girls, I feel that it is extremely important for them to keep playing (something, anything) and having fun.

I picked up a copy of "Parenting Young Athletes The Ripken Way" from the library this weekend and blew through it's pages in one sitting. What I read reconfirmed:

* Cal Ripken is a class act
* Youth Sports today is very different than it was when I was a kid (not so long ago)
* Youth Sports are GAMES... and games are meant to be fun
* Parents and coaches may be hurting their kids inadvertently by pushing and not praising at all times

I jotted down a few notes as I read this book (I read with one eye on the Patriots playoff and their 17th victory this season - all those guys played youth sports I bet).

Cal talks a lot about praise and how to use praise to really build up a kids confidence. I do an OK job of this, but am realizing how important it is to not be critical - especially in the car on the way home from a game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Pung on July 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am not a coach or seriously into sports, but I have to say this was a great book. I learned about things I had never thought about. Ripkin is at times nostalgic for his youth and points out some warnings about increasingly competitive modern American sports culture. So even if you think you know all about sports, there is something in here for you. The writing is also very good, not too long and full of great advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Keegan on April 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Should be required reading before signing children up for team sports. I have recommended this book to multiple parents.
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