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Raising a Good Sport in an In-Your-Face World : Seven Steps to Building Character on the Field - and Off Paperback – August 26, 2002

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A step-by-step guide to teaching your children that it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game

With more than 50 million American children participating in sports every year, millions of parents are left wondering how to prevent their kids from becoming casualties in a sports culture that's often downright hostile. In a time when hockey dads come to fatal blows in the stands, when children watch sports heroes choke their coaches on national television, and when winning seems to be the one and only goal, we desperately need a new vision of sportsmanship. Raising a Good Sport in an In-Your-Face World steps up to the plate to meet this challenge.

In this timely and important book, George Selleck, Ph.D., one of the nation's most distinguished sports psychologists and a former basketball All-American, gives concerned moms and dads the tools they need to recapture sport from the "warrior" mentalities of brow-beating coaches, taunting athletes, and out-of-control parents. With a proven seven-step plan, powerful Model-Teach-Encourage tools, and numerous real-life lessons, Dr. Selleck will show you ways to teach your kids the principles of good sportsmanship that go far beyond "shake hands and play fair."

With this invaluable book as your guide, you can move your children beyond the "winning is everything" philosophy of today's athletics and teach them to experience sport as it is meant to be experienced--as part of the journey toward becoming a good person.

About the Author

George Selleck, Ph.D., has more than 40 years of experience as a counselor, educator, author, coach, referee, and athlete. He is the founder of Sports for Life, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing youth development through positive participation in sports. He is also cofounder and codirector of Parents for Good Sports.

"George is one of those rare individuals who is as good a person as he was an athlete, so it is no wonder that he has taken up sportsmanship as his cause."
--John Wooden

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071391053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071391054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,601,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
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I have been disturbed by the attitude of parents and coaches in little league sports for years. This book offers a clear and logical guide to help change the climate so prevalent in our country today that undermines true sportsmanship. Selleck explains the attitudes we have developed....placing winning and
competition....above all else. He discusses the climate of violence in our society and how it is becoming part of the sports experience....I appreciate Selleck's clear headed explanations and how he upholds the principles that are so often missing in our society today.
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This book is for those of us who have been caught up in the craziness of kids sports. If you want to find a way to cool your own head and at the same time learn how to help your child use sports to develop character, this is the book for you.

Do not read this if you are not open to changing your mindset; it will not be worth your while. But if you are struggling to be a better parent on the sideline, this is a must read.
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