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Positive Coaching Alliance Bookshelf: Until It Hurts by Mark Hyman

At the root of the Positive Coaching Alliance Movement is our desire to see youth empowered by the life lessons -- the teachable moments -- inherent in sports. Of course, we all recognize the many obstacles that can keep coaches and parents from seizing those teachable moments, such as a win-at-all-cost mentality.
In his book, Until It Hurts, author Mark Hyman explores the fallout: children driven from sports by maniacal coaches and deluded, overzealous parents; the alarming rise of overuse injuries, including an increase in the call for the radical "Tommy John" surgery on youth athletes; pressure for early specialization; and paying exorbitant costs -- in time, money and interpersonal stress -- to participate in "elite" programs.
Where Hyman excels, however, is in his candid, unsparing and emotionally raw assessment of his role in his own son's youth baseball experience. Hyman's willingness to look into the mirror, see the truth there, and share those reflections with us, so that we all might look into our own mirrors, is a special gift.
Speaking of gifts, consider purchasing Until It Hurts, perhaps to give to coaches, parents and athletes who need to read this book. When you click here and enter discount code PCA, you will receive a 10% discount and the book's publisher, Beacon Press, will contribute 4% of the purchase price to PCA. 

Bob is the co-author of a new book titled "Just Let the Kids Play"

How to stop other adults from ruining your child's fun and success in youth sports.

Bob co-authored his book with renowned sports journalists Tom Moroney and Linda Hall.

This is the first book to identify the current systems used in youth sports as the root cause of many problems.

"Just Let the Kids Play" goes well beyond typical calls for better coaching, training, and improved sportsmanship. In his book, Bob offers practical ways for creating new approaches to play that better serve the physical and emotional needs of our children.


"Bob...offers practical, usable advice to solve problems..." Mike Eruzione, Captain of the 1980 US Gold Medal Olympic Hockey Team



   Whose Game is it, Anyway?
by Richard D. Ginsburg, Ph.D.



In an era when parents and kids are overwhelmed by a sports-crazed, win-at-all-costs culture, here is a comprehensive guide that helps parents ensure a positive sports experience for their children. In Whose Game Is It, Anyway? two of the country’s leading youth sports psychologists team up with a former Olympic athlete and expert on performance enhancement to share what they have gleaned in more than forty years of combined experience.

The result is a book unique in its message, format, and scope. Through moving case studies and thoughtful analyses, Ginsburg, Durant, and Baltzell advocate a preventive approach through a simple three-step program: know yourself, know your child, know the environment. They look at children in age groups, identifying the physical, psychological, and emotional issues unique to each group and clarifying what parents can expect from and desire for their kids at every stage. They also explore myriad relevant topics, including parental pressure, losing teams, steroid use, the overscheduled child, and much more. Illuminating, impassioned, and inspiring, Whose Game Is It, Anyway? is required reading for anyone raising—or educating—a child who participates in sports


The Most Expensive Game In Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families
The book chronicles the insane amounts of money families are either required to pay or, many times, feel compelled to budget for extra lessons, clinics and products for their children in today's hypercompetitive world of youth sports, including a chapter on the burgeoning business of youth sports tourism, which has become part of the $7 billion youth sports industry, in which hundreds of summer tournament organizers together spend more on marketing and advertising than Proctor & Gamble and Gatorade combined.

...data showing that only one out four kids viewed as "superstars" at the age of 10, 11 or 12 went on to be a star in high school sports (e.g. were what is called "early bloomers").

Read more: http://www.momsteam.com/books/most-expensive-game-in-town-rising-cost-youth-sports-toll-todays-families#ixzz23uzbJQji