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  • Perfect Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Balance Sports Publishing; First Edition edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982131712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982131718
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Positive Sports Parenting should be required reading for every parent of a child interested in sports. Youth sports can truly bring a family closer together, or, conversely, can drive a major wedge between parent(s) and child. This book is a great tool to help both create that closer bond, and also to prevent any negative wedge. It is easily digested, very explanatory, and a great resource for parents of children in sports. --Jon Butler, Executive Director Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc./Pop Warner Football<br /><br />After more than a decade of success and national acclaim, Jim Thompson left his position as Director of Stanford Business School's Public Management Program in 1998 to follow his heart and found the Positive Coaching Alliance. Since that time, Jim's dedicated leadership has fueled one of the most important organizations in sport. His latest book, "Positive Sports Parenting", is the most valuable and concise resource for parents of young athletes that I've read. The book is focused on the fundamental responsibility of parents to created maintain a positive youth sports culture, and it offers invaluable guidance and perspective to help us assure that our children's youth sports experiences provide far more than simple participation. Jim humbly admits in Chapter 9 that he didn't enjoy his children's youth sports experiences as much as he could have, but this book and the work of the organization he founded, will continue to enable countless parents to avoid that regret. --Steve Stenersen, President & CEO US Lacrosse<br /><br />The latest in a series of books from Jim Thompson (yes, I have enjoyed them all) Positive Sports Parenting touches upon all of the key elements behind a positive, meaningful experience for children in sports. For those familiar with Positive Coaching Alliance, this book will serve as a refresher of the main principles and tools suggested in helping coaches, parents and athletes get the most out of their sports participation. For those new to Jim Thompson and the concepts of Positive Coaching and life lessons learned through sports I will simply say Enjoy , as I m confident it will redefine your perspective of the youth sports experience! --Rick Davis, National Executive Director AYSO

Positive Sports Parenting should be required reading for every parent of a child interested in sports. Youth sports can truly bring a family closer together, or, conversely, can drive a major wedge between parent(s) and child. This book is a great tool to help both create that closer bond, and also to prevent any negative wedge. It is easily digested, very explanatory, and a great resource for parents of children in sports. --Jon Butler, Executive Director Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc./Pop Warner Football

After more than a decade of success and national acclaim, Jim Thompson left his position as Director of Stanford Business School's Public Management Program in 1998 to follow his heart and found the Positive Coaching Alliance. Since that time, Jim's dedicated leadership has fueled one of the most important organizations in sport. His latest book, "Positive Sports Parenting", is the most valuable and concise resource for parents of young athletes that I've read. The book is focused on the fundamental responsibility of parents to created maintain a positive youth sports culture, and it offers invaluable guidance and perspective to help us assure that our children's youth sports experiences provide far more than simple participation. Jim humbly admits in Chapter 9 that he didn't enjoy his children's youth sports experiences as much as he could have, but this book and the work of the organization he founded, will continue to enable countless parents to avoid that regret. --Steve Stenersen, President & CEO US Lacrosse

About the Author

Jim Thompson is one of the country s preeminent youth sport experts and author of five books on youth sports, including Positive Coaching in a Nutshell, Shooting in the Dark, and The Double-Goal Coach. He is an Ashoka Fellow and was named by the Institute for International Sport as one of the top Sports Educators in the U.S. He founded Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) in 1998 at Stanford University, where he teaches classes in coaching, leadership, and sport and spirituality.

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In Positive Sports Parenting, Jim Thompson encourages parents to become "Second-Goal" parents. This means that parents do not emphasize the first goal (winning the game), but focus on the second goal of sports (life lessons, self-confidence, physical fitness, grace in victory and defeat).

My husband and I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop for parents with children in youth sports and received this book as part of our registration fee. Obviously, youth sports are awesome for kids on many levels. However, too often games become breeding grounds for disputes between coaches and referees, parents and coaches, and worst of all, parents and their children. It is painful to sit in the stands and watch while parents shout out "tips" to their child while seeing the players shoulders slump lower and lower while they are on the field.

Positive Sports Parenting focuses on encouraging children to have fun while playing. It is always nice to win, but players can be winners without winning the game. Thompson also offers advice for how parents can encourage and support their players non-verbally during the game. Aren't parents supposed to be encouraging to their players? I also like the suggestions for conversations following the game for parents to help their players recognize the correlation between hard work during practice and performance during the game.

If you are a parent, grandparent, or guardian that attends sporting events with a child, this book is a must-read! I wish I had a hundred copies to pass out at the local little league park!
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By Baseball Dad on September 24, 2013
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If you have a kid in youth sports....buy this book. I can assure you that your kid with thank you.
I thought I was being the most supportive parent possible but within 15 pages into this book it really opened my eyes as to a much better way.
Now my kid and our whole household is much less stressed before and particularly after games.
The insight and lessons inside are very valuable to provided a rewarding experience for your child.
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Great book that all parents should read when they start to put their kids into sports. Helps put the parent coach relationship into perspective. Provides simple steps to help your child improve.
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