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In light of the poor sportsmanship, violence, and pressures evident in modern American youth sports, this helpful handbook introduces a practical approach to improve the youth sports systems to better serve the physical and emotional needs of children. Original. 100,000 first printing.
""Bob's message is a must for all parents and coaches. He challenges adults to understand their effect on youngsters, and that kids' needs have to be met first.""
Bob Trupin, Westport, CT
This is not just another book touting improved sportsmanship and better coaching to remedy the violence in youth sports today. "Just Let the Kids Play" is the first book to identify the youth sports systems as the cause of the problem, and offers practical ways to rebuild them so they better serve the physical and emotional needs of children.
First-round NBA draft pick, part-time NBA scout and youth coach Bob Bigelow joins journalists Tom Moroney and Linda Hall to put youth sports under harsh review. They explain the controversial belief that elite traveling teams at young ages should be abolished and replaced with equal playing time, team parity and shortened seasons, among others. Focusing on soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey, they highlight ten programs nationwide where these principles are working, and offer ways to integrate them into existing programs without sacrificing a child's chances for success.
Soccer moms and hockey dads will discover that it really is possible to sleep in on Saturdays without sacrificing their child's future
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