This is a wonderfully honest book about teen sports and some of the negative influences that kids may receive because of playing sports because of the coaches that these kids and teens are exposed to. But what’s worse, some parents are worse than any of the coaches that teens and kids will be exposed to.
And this is a big problem since approximately forty million kids currently play organized sports in the United States. Many kids initially want to play sports for fun and to learn important leadership skills. However, many parents have a win at all costs mentality which is wrecking all the fun and learning experiences that teens and kids can learn.
Jack presents personal anecdotes of parents involved in their teen’s sports in a humorous fashion. He outlines several different types of parents and their so-called coaching styles. Yes, it would seem that all parents want to also coach their kids. How many voices can a teen actually listen to? And what if these voices are conflicting, as it sometimes is the case when parents yell and humiliate themselves and their kids from the stands? This causes a lot of confusion for our kids and teens.
Jack Malley’s System for Coaching Youth Sports is to realize that sports is about the kids and not the parents, parents should study the sport that their teen is engaged in so that they could actually teach their kids something valuable about the sport, and parents should not emphasize winning at all costs. Instead, parents should be focusing more on the importance of enjoying the sport and learning all the important lessons that are inherent in the sport.
Thank you so much Jack for such an informative and humorous book. I will be passing this book along to my husband who was a coach. I’m sure he will find the read very humorous and informative!Powered by Sidelines