Item description for Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide for Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and in Life by Phil Velikan Michele Smith...
Overview With all of the pressure and distractions of modern student life, young athletes really have to focus their energy if they want to be the best student-athletes that they can be. This book can help them to achieve their goals. It includes chapters on leadership, opportunity, teamwork, proactive practice, and perseverance.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide for Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and in Life?
Expect the Best From the Best! May 13, 2008
I bought this book for my daughter on her birthday. Most people with kids know that getting your child to read can often be a difficult task. So, for me to get her to read anything is nothing short of amazing. I am grateful that my daughter has someone like Ms. Smith to look up to. She never stops trying to inspire and propel the sport. Needless to say she read this book from cover to cover. I have recommended it to the parents of her teammates. Everyone will be able to get a great message from the book and be inspired on and off the field!
The reviewer that suggested Ms. Smith had nothing to contribute to this book but her name is mistaken and clearly has never met her personally. If you have met her, it's clear she would never attach her name to anything that she wasn't directly involved with. In fact we attended one of her camps where she was giving out questionnaires regarding the book. So to suggest that she was a "celebrity" attaching her name to a book is ridiculous!
Deftly written and inspiring May 6, 2008
Young girls need to focus all the energy they can aspire to be the best softball players they can possibly be, and "Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide to Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and In Life" is here to assist them to do just that. Covering not just softball skills, the book grants readers drills they need to improve their leadership skills, attitude, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Answering questions that come up for all young school age athletes, "Michele Smith's Book of Good Softball Cheer: A Practical Guide to Developing Leadership Skills in Softball and In Life" is deftly written and inspiring, and thusly highly recommended for any young girl softball player to be and for community library sports collections.
Highly recommended Mar 30, 2008
I am a volunteer youth sports coach, and am a big fan of Michele Smith. I've always believed that sports participation teaches kids so many valuable lessons in life. And this book does a great job crystallizing how lessons learned on the field mirror those needed to succeed in school and life. The book is highly organized (with separate chapters on leadership, second chances, opportunity, perseverance and others), and fun for parents and kids to read. I love how the book teaches kids to think outside the box. For example, in the opportunity chapter, it talks not only about how to make the most of opportunities, it also talks about how to create new opportunities. The photos and drawings were fun also. I highly recommend this book.
Highly recommended Mar 28, 2008
I highly recommend this book. One of my students who is a softball player showed me this book, and I was so impressed by the book's message that I decided to put the book on our required reading list for our middle schoolers. I think the book's chapters on leadership, perseverance, teamwork, community service, etc. teach our kids that success and self-esteem are based on achievement and character, rather than popularity.
Don't Waste Your Money ! Mar 28, 2008
When I first saw that Michele Smith had written a book about softball I was very excited. She is one of the best fastpitch softball pitchers to ever play the game. However, It becomes apparent within the first few pages that Smith had little, if anything to do with the actual writing of this book. It's simply another case of a celebrity lending their name to a project that they really have little involvment with. While I am sure Smith has read the book herself and no doubt approved it's contents, it seems to be lacking any input from Smith herself. So if you want to know what Lawrence Hsieh's ideal of good softball cheer is, by all means read this book. If however you want to read a book by Michele Smith, well I guess you'll just have to wait because this isn't it.