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The Happy Athlete: A Success Guide for Parents, Coaches, and Student-Athletes [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   LangMarc Publishing
ISBN  1880292785  
EAN  9781880292785  

Availability  133 units.
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Item Description...
From a sports agent's perspective, Ernie DiStefano provides parents, coaches, and athletes with the information necessary to promote an athlete's overall well-being and athletic success and to assist student-athletes by explaining steps to achieving a collegiate sports career. To further instruct readers, several successful collegiate athletes share their stories. The author writes about his personal experiences as a sports parent of a successful collegiate and professional athlete. He underscores the philosophy that athletes who are well focused in all areas of their goals and their lives will also have a better opportunity to be successful in their sports endeavors.

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I Wish I Had This Book Sooner!  Aug 8, 2008
This is a great book for anyone involved in sports and for those athletes and their families who play recreationally or who would like to play competitively in college. As a recently graduated Division 1 college athlete, I wish I had this book when I was in high school. Ernie DiStefano lays out an incredibly detailed plan beginning in the freshman year of high school regarding what athletes should be doing to put themselves in the best position to become a college athlete.

Current college athletes share their experiences and advice regarding college athletics which is interesting because they each have had different experiences as college athletes. Their experiences provide insight into what life is like as a college athlete today.

My favorite part of the book is reading about the author's personal experiences as the father of a college athlete. Ernie tells the stories of lessons he has learned along the way in an honest manner which makes him vulnerable and allows the reader to learn from his experiences. The book benefits from an honest and real recollection of lessons learned along the way. This is not a book where the author is a know-it-all preaching down to readers. In this book, Ernie DiStefano speaks with readers and not at or down to them. He simply shares his experiences in the hope that we can learn from his experiences and avoid some of the same mistakes.

I wish I had this book much earlier in life and I highly recommend it!

Reviewed by Barb Radmore  Jan 24, 2007
The Happy Athlete is a resource guide for any athletes and their parents who are serious about sports. If a student athlete decides in junior high (or earlier) that they have the talent and drive to pursue sports after high school this is the book for them. It covers all aspects of the athletic process from the early years right through to college days.

The first half of the book is devoted to four different college athletes' stories. They include personal anecdotes and suggestions for students, parents and coaches. Each section ends with a bulleted set of advice from the athletes to parents and from athletes to coaches. They give a realistic look at the issues and challenges faced by youth to reach their dreams and how others can help or hinder them.

The second half is a breakdown of the steps that should be taken at each grade level in high school to ensure the athlete the best chance of making a college team. The process begins the freshman year and proceeds throughout their high school year. It explains how and when to contact college coaches, when to provide which kind of video and recruitment regulations. It includes the information on how to sign up for NCAA pin number, how to choose the right college and ideas to consider.

DiStefano''s honest story of his own attitudes and behavior is one of the strengths of this book. It acts also as a primer for what not to do for parents, coaches and school administrators. It is a realistic look at the stress the entire family can suffer when under the pressure of assisting a loved one in becoming a star athlete and pursuing an athletic career in college. His daughter Laura and her story to pursue a softball is the in depth look at the college process, starting in her freshman year.

This book is only for the serious athlete. It emphasizes participation in programs such as AAU and summer sports in addition to school teams. If a student does not wish to continue with sports on the post secondary level this is not the book for them. It does not address issues of being a "happy athlete" without it becoming an all consuming passion. A different, more exact title would help with the marketing of the niche book. The guide's format is easy to follow; bullets, lists and bold section titles allow the reader to absorb important information without detracting from the readable stories.


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