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So, You Want to Work in Sports?: The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Sports Industry (Be What You Want) by [Mattern, Joanne]
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Length: 225 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7
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From School Library Journal

Gr 4–6—The sports-related careers profiled here are wide ranging, from high school PE teacher and athletic director to trainer, agent, and sportscaster, as well as scout, official, and facilities manager. A final chapter outlines some less-obvious options, including archivist and bicycle mechanic. Information is presented dynamically, with numerous sidebars ("Did you know…"), graphs, lists, a career quiz, and hand-drawn illustrations. There are no photos. One of the book's strongest assets is its excellent resource section, including a six-page list of websites for professional organizations (some of them general, others very specialized, such as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators) and two pages of books and online documents. Much of the advice from working professionals is insightful and solid: take classes in speech and drama, foreign languages, and business, and a strong emphasis is placed on English and math. Several of the interview subjects recommend volunteer work to gain experience and set oneself apart as a job candidate. Honest perspectives are provided on sometimes low pay and long hours, though subjects are uniform in their enthusiasm for their work. One flaw is that the "Big League" profiles are presented as formal interviews, with each subject asked the same questions ("What is a typical day like for you?"). The answers sometimes read like written responses to a survey, and, with no follow-ups, can be cliché-ridden and uneven. Despite some issues, this is a useful guide for those considering entering the field.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

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Sometimes recognizing your passion begins with answering that age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up? For students with an interest in sports, this Be What You Want guide walks them through many possibilities. Each chapter is arranged thematically by career path, including sports players, coaches and teachers, scouts, referees and officials, sports medicine, agents and lawyers, and broadcasters and writers, along the way introducing the recommended skills, activities, and education for each field. Mattern carefully highlights the realistic expectations of becoming a professional sports player and earning top figures. Numerous profiles from industry insiders reflect realistic depictions of what to expect in a sports-related job, and a “Think Outside the Box” chapter suggests potentially overlooked careers in sports. Sidebars offer a host of both practical (e.g., the number of officials used in different sports) and fun (e.g., the ways in which modern sports facilities are like “mini cities”) facts. An extensive list of resources concludes this must-have for any career collection. Grades 4-8. --Angela Leeper

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  • File Size: 4603 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1582704481
  • Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words (April 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,853,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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