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The Joy of Youth Sports: Creating the Best Youth Sports Experience for Your Child Paperback – October 7, 2009


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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: #1,521,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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. He is the author of The Young Athlete's Guide to Playing Sports and The Joy of Youth Sports.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike S on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff L on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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By Coach B on October 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Joy of Youth Sports is a must read for parents of children involved in team sports and it should be mandatory reading for youth team coaches. Mr. Rhoads does a very good job illuminating the benefits of youth sports and provides a step by step guide for parents and coaches to maximize the benefits to their child. The title is most appropriate i.e The JOY of youth sports. It is not the all too common ... how can I get my kid a college scholarship.

As someone who grew up in the 1970's, I found Rhoads discussion on the change in youth sports from self-directed to organized most interesting. The modern parents infatuation with organized everything has changed the face of youth sports. The author has 25 years of experience and I found his take on the change most beneficial.

I wish this book was available when my kids commenced sports. There are things I would have done differently. As a retired Little League coach, my recommendation is to make reading this book a parental requirement before their child can participate.

Great Book.
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