- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (February 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736074295
- ISBN-13: 978-0736074292
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True Competition:Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport & Society 1st Edition
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“True Competition is a very insightful book that can guide the positive
pursuit of excellence at all ages and stages of life. It is a great
contribution to the performance enhancement field and to humanity.”
Terry Orlick, PhD
“Brilliant! True Competition has once and for all destroyed the popular notion that nice guys (or girls) finish last. In this insightful and practical book, the authors demonstrate how ethics propel excellence. It belongs on every coach's bookshelf. More importantly, it belongs in their hearts and minds.”
Rutgers University Women's Basketball Coach
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"True Competition is a very insightful book that can guide the positive pursuit of excellence at all ages and stages of life. It is a great contribution to the performance enhancement field and to humanity."
-Terry Orlick, Ph.D.
"Brilliant! True Competition has once and for all destroyed the popular notion that nice guys (or girls) finish last. In this insightful and practical book, the authors demonstrate how ethics propel excellence. It belongs on every coach's bookshelf. More importantly, it belongs in their hearts and minds."
-Vivian Stringer, Rutgers University Women's Basketball Coach
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For anyone involved in sports coaching, training, officiating or educating, especially parents of youth athletes, this book is an essential guide to understanding the nature and power of true competition.
Gleaned from years of research and study in the field of competition and character development, the book answers those questions and defines the positive side of competition as it relates to striving for excellence during athletic performances and introduces a new term, decompetition, that explores the characteristics of negative behaviors and attitudes associated with competition that we read about so often in the news.
Authors David Light Shields and Brenda Light Bredemeier present ground-breaking research that defines the elements of true competition as it relates to primarily sports contests but also as it exists in other areas of society such as academics and the business world while debunking the current view that competition is a "bad" thing.
The book is well-structured and easily read starting with the early chapters that are devoted to briefly defining competition and decompetition as we commonly associate the terms to sports contests. Real-life scenarios are used to illustrate the important concepts that are discussed in the book and a useful field guide section helps to identify the differences in positive competition versus decompetition while later chapters expand on the practical applications of the concepts and research presented in the book that can be used by coaches, trainers, parents and athletes to use true competition to strive for excellence in performance.