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Sports and Your Child: Developing Champions in Sports and in Life

by Dr. Frank Smoll and Dr. Ronald Smith

A 50-minute guide for parents

Welcome to Youth Sports! This manual is for you, the parent of the young athlete. Whether you have a strong background in sports or have relatively little athletic experience, Sports and Your Child will provide you with information that can help you make the sport experience constructive and enjoyable for your child! This practical book is based on over 25 years of experience in teaching and research. Sports and Your Child will provide you with information on the following important topics:

  • Fostering the developmental approach to athletic and personal excellence that emphasizes the four values underlying the true meaning of winning
  • Achievement in sports and in life
  • Understanding parent roles and responsibilities
  • How to relate to the coach
  • How to coach your own child
  • Sports and the development of self-esteem
  • Recommended parent behavior at sport events
  • A question and answer format addresses key questions parents ask about youth sport, including participation issues, psychological issues, and physical issues

"Sports and Your Child is excellent! It rounds out all aspects of a young athlete's experience. It is a guidebook that emphasizes fun, participation and skill development while completing the circle of importance in personal growth, self-esteem and enriched relationships. This is a must-have book in the living room of every young athlete's home."

—Sally Cunningham, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports


"Sports and Your Child addresses key issues and principles that would benefit any youth sport parent. For the past 25 years, Drs. Smith and Smoll have been translating their scientific research about young athletes into important and practical information. Before you purchase that uniform or glove, you should buy this book."

—Gregg S. Heinzmann, Director, Rutgets Youth Sports Research Council

Paperback: 48 pages — $8.99
Packet of 20 — $135.00
Packet of 50 — $280.00
Packet of 100 — $500.00