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Just Let The Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports [Paperback]

By Bob Bigelow (Author), Tom Moroney (Joint Author) & Linda Hall (Joint Author)
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Item description for Just Let The Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports by Bob Bigelow, Tom Moroney & Linda Hall...

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.

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""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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Just Let The Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child's Fun and Success in Youth Sports by Bob Bigelow, Tom Moroney & Linda Hall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 09/15/2001 page 85

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HCI
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   HCI
ISBN  1558749276  
ISBN13  9781558749276  

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This is the book to buy for your Neanderthal Coach  Sep 25, 2008
These authors nail it. If you have been stunned by the cave-man competitive tactics of your kid's sports team coaches, this book will at least set you at ease that what you have seen is real and that it is a bizarre, twisted way to develop a love of sport in youth. As one reviewer put it, THIS IS the book to nail to your coaches door, if only they would read it. Our football coach recently told his 7th graders that if it wasn't broken or bleeding, he didn't want to hear about it. During that game, the team had a fractured knee cap and a snapped tooth. Sending sheep to slaughter in the name of victory - with 7th graders! If you have been there, and want to organize your thinking about what is wrong and how to fix it, you will not regret purchasing this book.
Push! Push! Push!  Sep 4, 2008
Push! Push! Push! That's what the 'normal' parents need to do with this book. Push it onto as many people as we can - spread the religion that Bob talks to. It's some of the best common sense writings that I've seen in years. We, along with Bob, can change youth sports in this country. We need to reach out again and again to our coaching staffs, league administrators and city/town programs and ENCOURAGE them to read this book. We need to do this for the children!! Great job Bob! It's time for a sequel!
Just Let the Kids Play Saved Me!  Mar 4, 2008
As head coach of my son's 3rd/4th grade boys basketball team, until I read this book I hadn't realized how much time and court space I wasted! Applying Bob's philosophies pertaining to basketball allowed for fun to be the main focus on my team and fun is what they had!
A Must Read for All Parents With Athletes - Regardless of talent.  Feb 24, 2008
Searching for many answers during my youngest son's "T" ball days (2000) I came across this book which had a profound impact on me. Alot of what I believe in, I could not say; but knew there was a better way. This book gave me scripts; plus it changed me as a father, coach, and supporter of the game. Today I umpire to carry the message and give back to the game; and to be a calming effect on those that require it.
If you are looking for an approporiate way to parent an athlete in today's "win at all cost" culture, "Just Let The Kids Play" is for you. While providing a broad perspective of all sports, it narrows some of it so you can feel the urge to change; to be a better parent/coach; and most of all "to get the hell out of the way" so "they can play". I look back and cringe at my conduct yesterday; but delighted that I have reformed. Doing the right thing is often not easy. Read it and witness yourself. You'll be glad.

Buck Sheward
Henryetta, OK

Yes, Let them play!  Jul 27, 2006
Kids need to play and books like this that emphasize this concept are, in my opinion, much needed. Kids also need protection from those who would take advantage of them, whcih is why I also recommend: "Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Your Nonprofit Corporation" by Ms. Cellaneous, The Unknown Attorney.

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