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Why Johnny Hates Sports: Why Organized Youth Sports Are Failing Our Children [Paperback]

By Fred Engh (Author)
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All across the country, a growing number of children are dropping out of organized sports not because they don t like to play, but because the system they play in is failing them. Written by one of this country s leading advocates of youth sports, "Why Johnny Hates Sports "explains why many of the original goals of youth leagues have been affected by today s win-at-all-costs attitude. It then documents the negative

physical and psychological impact that parents, coaches, and administrators can have on children, while providing effective solutions to each of the problems covered.
" Why Johnny Hates Sports "is both an expose of abuses and a call to arms. It clearly illustrates a serious problem that has plagued youth sports for too long. Most important, it provides practical answers that can alter this destructive course."

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Studio: Square One Publishers
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Square One Publishers
ISBN  075700041X  
ISBN13  9780757000416  


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Fred Engh "has been involved in youth sports for over thirty years as a coach, athletic director, and sports educator. In 1981, he founded a program that evolved into The National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS), a nonprofit organization that works to provide safe sports for America s youth. As president

of the Alliance, Engh has appeared on numerous television shows, including "Dateline NBC "and "20/20. "

Fred Engh currently resides in Palm Beach, in the state of Florida.

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2Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting
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Great Book Concept  Jul 28, 2006
In my opinion more books like these are needed, because kids need to be encouraged rater than discouraged. I agree with the reviewer below. Also recommended: "Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Your Nonprofit Corporation" by Ms. Cellaneous, The Unknown Attorney--Another book dealing with kids sports clubs but from a legal perspective.
 
Why Johnny Hates Sports  Jun 20, 2004
Every adult who has anything to do with coaching sports should be made to read this book. Every parent who puts their child into sports should be made to read this book. It is that important a book and the issue of violence in children's sporting events is growing even in light of recent violent episodes that have left a man dead. Far too many adults are pushing their children to succeed so much that the word "fun" has no connection whatsoever to do with playing sports.
 
To the point  Jan 28, 2000
Sports is an important topic in many families and schools in the USA and abroad. Engh takes a courageous position and that is to say, we, as parents and amateur coaches have twisted the idea of organized sports competition and made it into a grueling exercise for its innocent victims: our children. Engh rightly points out that parents and ignorant coaches who use their amateur leadership position to wrongly influence our children as to what fair sportsmanship is all about. Engh points out that "winning" has unfortunately become the Holy Grail of youth competition. I'd rather prefer what I heard one Chinese table tennis champion say a few years back, "Winning is temporary, friendship is permanent." You only have to attend a local sports event or pick up a newspaper to hear about the tragic ways children are exposed to bickering parents, foul-mouthed opponents, loud mouth fans, unrewarded referees. Engh places himself in a vulnerable position to put the spotlighht on the very people he is asking to support his organization nationwide: the coaches, schools, youth organizations and parents. In youth sports, the child is supposed to come first, like it was in sandlot baseball and other sports in the past. But now "the organization" comes first, and corporate sponsors. children in youth sports have become a commodity. I wouldn't be surpised if some youth organizations try to ban his book because it exposes some of the politics, in-fighting and complete insensitivity that exists in youth sports today. There are many good, sensitive parents and single persons who are engaged in helping youth sports. I hope everyone of them buys a couple dozen of Engh's book and distributes them to their local libraries. Good luck, Mr. Engh ! We hope your book enlightenens the next person who comes along planning to use an amateur coach position or parent-fan to fullfill his or her unrealized dreams of athletic greatness. H T White
 
To the point  Jan 28, 2000
Sports is an important topic in many families and schools in the USA and abroad. Engh takes a courageous position and that is to say, we, as parents and amateur coaches have twisted the idea of organized sports competition and made it into a grueling exercise for its innocent victims: our children. Engh rightly points out that parents and ignorant coaches who use their amateur leadership position to wrongly influence our children as to what fair sportsmanship is all about. Engh points out that "winning" has unfortunately become the Holy Grail of youth competition. I'd rather prefer what I heard one Chinese table tennis champion say a few years back, "Winning is temporary, friendship is permanent." You only have to attend a local sports event or pick up a newspaper to hear about the tragic ways children are exposed to bickering parents, foul-mouthed opponents, loud mouth fans, unrewarded referees. Engh places himself in a vulnerable position to put the spotlighht on the very people he is asking to support his organization nationwide: the coaches, schools, youth organizations and parents. In youth sports, the child is supposed to come first, like it was in sandlot baseball and other sports in the past. But now "the organization" comes first, and corporate sponsors. children in youth sports have become a commodity. I wouldn't be surpised if some youth organizations try to ban his book because it exposes some of the politics, in-fighting and complete insensitivity that exists in youth sports today. There are many good, sensitive parents and single persons who are engaged in helping youth sports. I hope everyone of them buys a couple dozen of Engh's book and distributes them to their local libraries. Good luck, Mr. Engh ! We hope your book enlightenens the next person who comes along planning to use an amateur coach position or parent-fan to fullfill his or her unrealized dreams of athletic greatness. H T White
 
Excellent viewpoint on sports  Oct 31, 1999
This book did not disappoint me. Professional sports are indeed a black eye on this country and a threat to the future of our young people.
 

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