This book has helped me so much to improve the way I talk to my child about performance, confidence and self esteem. Based in real sports situations, Raising an Athlete brings new options ton consider and put in practice when dealing with a very competitive and sometimes destructive youth sports. I love the book, I've changed my approach to youth sports, I've seen how my words have also made an impact in my child and I can't be more pleased to know that there are great coaches out there and great parents interested in helping our children to live a healthy and fun life through sport!
My beloved late father was the best coach I ever had. Through baseball, he taught me the sacred aspects of sport: the worth of individual effort, respect for one's opponent, the supreme importance of the team, the value of understanding history, and the sheer celebration of play. He would have loved Jack Perconte's "Raising an Athlete," a book that every parent and coach should read, re-read and read again. Suffused with a love of athletics and a respect for the importance of the lessons to be gained from involvement in sports, Perconte's writing gently, wisely and persuasively presents a framework though which adults can maximize their child's growth -- as an athlete and as a person -- through athletics.
The subtitle speaks directly as to what Perconte believes is essential for parents and coaches. "How to instill confidence, build skills and inspire a love of sport" is no easy task; these abilities do not come automatically to parents and coaches. Rather, out of a misguided passion for sports, many coaches and parents act counterproductively, overemphasizing individual accomplishment, expressing anger at failure, and rushing children developmentally -- often with terrible consequences. "Raising an Athlete" provides adults the knowledge and confidence necessary for genuine success, achievement that transcends wins and losses.
The stakes have never been higher. With media embellishment and adoration of star athletes, sports often beguile youngsters into a false sense of possibility and a skewed perception of the place of competitive athletics. Throughout Perconte's compassionate arguments runs a quiet restraint. With anecdotes and commentary, the author urges coaches and parents to perceive the world of sport through the eyes, mind and body of their children. He emphasizes the difficulty of prowess and constantly returns to the idea that playing a sport should, above all, be fun. If the involvement brings sadness, frustration and disengagement, something is terribly wrong.
An extensive table of contents permits readers to select sections that most answer their own set of questions. Perconte often organizes his arguments with bullets, and his writing always is direct and inviting. Avoiding the pitfalls of preaching or appearing pedantic, he tends to use believable examples as a means to explaining a larger idea. Jack Perconte may have stopped being a major league ballplayer a number of years ago, but he has emerged as a big-league writer with "Raising an Athlete."
The concept for breeding athleticism is one that has been broached from many angles over the years. Raising an Athlete has taken this concept to a whole new plain; in a book by that name written by former Major League Baseball Player, Jack Perconte.
Replete with poignant illustrations and deft detail, Raising an Athlete: How To Instill Confidence, Build Skills and Inspire A Love of Sport runs the gamut on youth athleticism; to include the art of winning and losing, nurturing confidence, coaching and various team building exercises. This book instructs all on the stringent fundamentals that surround the game of baseball, both on and off the field. It further delves into the stakes of insuring team success; through methods which far surpasses the reflection of the scoreboard.
Raising an Athlete is a dynamic tool of reference for parents, coaches, and sports enthusiasts; as well as anyone who is involved with sports, on any level.