- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Quiet Path Books; 1 edition (October 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982870728
- ISBN-13: 978-0982870723
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
A member of the National Speakers Association, Dan Clemens delights audiences with his message of fun, learn, compete and Respond vs. React in keynote presentations and workshops to youth organizations and corporations across the country.
He's a high school baseball coach and coached his own son from tee-ball through high school. He s also coached youth basketball, football, and soccer.
Less concerned with wins and losses, Dan's philosophy is that all youth sports should embody three things:
1. Kids should learn about the game, teamwork, and themselves;
2. Kids should be competitive (play at the appropriate level both as individuals and a team); and
3. Kids should, above all, have fun.
If youth coaches accomplish those three things, he says, we produce healthy, happy kids, ready to enter high school with experiences and fond memories to last a lifetime.
By day, Dan works with Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations to develop leaders and help them communicate more effectively both as individuals and organizations. A core theme in his work is helping leaders understand the key differences between Responding and Reacting he believes a leader Responds wisely to the opportunities in a situation, rather than simply Reacting to his/her narrow experience of it.
Dan was an all-state baseball player his junior and senior years of high school and was on scholarship at a Division I University before a shoulder injury ended his baseball career. He's been a softball umpire for 10 years and a basketball referee for five years. He plays competitive baseball in an adult league, has run four marathons, and climbed 50 of the 54 mountain peaks in Colorado that rise above 14,000 feet.
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I highly recommend the book for coaches AND Parents - little Johnny might not make the major leagues - but that doesn't mean that he can't have fun playing baseball and learning life lessons. This book can help us all focus on the positives of youth sports.
I liked the concepts, of the kids playing for fun and its more about the kids than the parents...
Some general advice is ok, but the book is in a diary format which I found annoying.
Admittedly I stopped reading half way through because I felt it was no longer adding value to me, but it really seems to me the author loved pointing out how much better he was than other people.
If I take the book at face value either American parents are terrible to kids playing baseball ( which I don't believe ) or someone was on a high horse.
My opinion obviously, but I would NOT buy this again and I feel it was a waste of $10.