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Raising Winners : A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids Succeed On and Off the Playing Field Paperback – May 2, 2000

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Editorial Reviews


"This book will help you make your youngster enjoy sports more while becoming a better athlete and make you a more understanding parent."
--John Wooden, Basketball Hall of Fame coach and player

"Raising Winners equips parents with valuable tools to understand experiences, face challenges, and increase enjoyment for all."
--Cathy Ferguson, Ed.D., Olympian and marketing director, American Youth Soccer Organization

"A must-read for any parent whose children are ready to participate in athletics . . . [and learn] the lessons about life--team play, responsibility, inner strength, commitment, and sportsmanship."
--Kathy Smith, international fitness authority

"A great supplement for parents who are new to sports or for the veteran parent who has been through the rigors of children in sports."
--Dave Smith, editor, Dick Butkus Football Network, Pop Warner Football

"An excellent primer for parents who want to give their children the best experience in sports."
--F. Patrick Escobar, vice president, Amateur Athletic Foundation

"Shari Kuchenbecker's parenting and psychology background is top notch. Parents in athletics need guidance. Raising Winners will offer that guidance."
--John Kessel, USA volleyball director

From the Inside Flap

Whether your child is a casual joiner or a serious athlete, the playing field is a terrific place to learn confidence, sportsmanship, and other skills he or she will need to succeed in life. This comprehensive guide from sports psychologist Dr. Shari Kuchenbecker distills decades of sports research and the author's own experiences as a "soccer mom, volleyball mom, Little League mom, and basketball mom" to create an indispensable guide to children's development through sports. Topics include how to:Choose the right sport for kids--and when they should startSupport a good coach and deal with a bad oneKeep kids motivatedHelp kids eat rightScreen an injuryEncourage girls in sportsDeal with quitting, stalling, and burnoutGet athletic scholarships and more

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081293167X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812931679
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be used by little league associations and all parents who have kids that play sports. The lessons learned in this book and the research proves that the methods and techniques in this book are absolutely necessary for all parents and coaches to know. I have recommended this book to many and would highly encourage anyone to buy this book. It's down to earth, easy to understand approach is very enjoybable to read. I've shared many of the thoughts in this book with my kids, their team, and their coach. Everyone on the team is buying a copy and we're going to make it automatic on our team that all new parents on the team should buy the book! Very well done, Dr. Kuchenbecker.
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By A Customer on May 15, 2000
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I found RAISING WINNERS a wonderful guide for parents andteachers. I am a retired teacher of young athletes and"would-be-athletes"; as well as the grandmother of a collegiate water polo player from U.C. Berkeley, and I totally agree with her theories. Ms. Kuchenbecker combines common sense ideas with statistical research backup to validate this guide for parents (and teachers,) of non-athletes, as well as athletes. The rules of winning and losing which are models for teaching sports in the book are also guides for learning to deal with the ups and downs of life. I especially appreciated her description of Motivation and Young Athletes. Her ranking of motivational levels for sports, and her examination of how the tangible rewards are a frequently a negative reinforcement, apply to education as well as sports. It was my observation that teachers who taught reading or math by the "M & M Reward Method" were never as successful as those who taught by the "Love of Learning Method" were. Although Pavlov may have taught us something about conditioning dogs, he didn't teach us about motivating children to learn about being Life Winners; and I feel that Ms. Kuchenbecker's book, RAISING WINNERS, does.
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If you need a reference book about raising children with a positive self-image, then this book is a must read. On or off the playing field the values are the same. I've been involved in athletics for nealy 30 years, as a mother, coach, participant, and as as athletic director at a local Community college. I have witnessed poor behavior by all involved. This wonderfully written book will help get you through even the most trying times. It has incrediable advice, wonderful suggestions, and is wriiten from the heart. My experiences in sports has help to mold my life and the advise in this book will help mold yours...A MUST-Read for parents, coaches, teachers, and participants of all ages.
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