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Is your preschooler interested in joining his or her first sports team? Has your teenage daughter broken school records or scored winning goals? Or is your son thinking about trying out for the travel team? As a high school student, has your child exhibited the potential to make the varsity team, and perhaps play at the college level?
If you are the parent of an athlete, no matter his or her age or skill level, The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting offers advice that will help you navigate the complicated and emotional world of children’s athletics. From celebrating a child’s first touchdown to dealing with a daughter sitting on the bench or being cut from a team, there is help here. Parents will learn how to encourage their children to bring their enthusiasm for sports to the world of academics, how to make sure their boys and girls are playing at the right level, and how to deal with the stress of choosing the right college or university.
This advice comes straight from author and former basketball coach Dan Doyle, who has been traveling this country, speaking to student-athletes and their parents about their involvement in and dedication to every sport imaginable. As founder and executive director of the Institute for International Sport, Doyle spent more than seven years speaking with professional athletes, coaches, parents, and players to gain additional insight into what parents can do to guide their children through the competitive, and sometimes disheartening—though oftentimes rewarding—world of sports. Having this book on your shelf will be like having your own professional sports parenting consultant in the room whenever you need advice.
"“This remarkable text addresses virtually all aspects of youth sports through a unique combination of insightful observations, expert opinions, informational antidotes, and research findings.”
" Paul H. Dworkin, MD (Physician-in-Chief, Connecticut Children's Medical Center)
This approach is so different from any other sports self-help books and pro athlete autobiographies that it is cathartic, refreshing. Wonderfully written
excellent pointers drawn from the best research. Worth the price of the book for parents bemused by the barrage of materials arriving via all forms of media at their home, in their car, and on their person.” G. Louis Heath, Ph. D., Sports Literature Association Journal
Brilliant and serves a real need in the athletics community.”Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers
An all-inclusive manual written to guide parents through the ever-changing world of competitive sports.
For more than a decade, former basketball coach Dan Doyle has been traveling the country, speaking to student-athletes and their parents about their involvement in and dedication to every sport imaginable. As founder and executive director of the Institute of International Sport at the University of Rhode Island, Doyle has attended his fair share of sporting events and has heard countless stories about confrontations taking place on and off the court between coaches, players, parents, and even fans.
As the years passed, Doyle gathered everything hed learned and heard and joined forces with Deborah Doermann Burch, a former schoolteacher and parenting expert, to write The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting. Together, they surveyed more than 500 successful sports figures to gain additional insight into what parents can do to guide their children through the competitive, sometimes disheartening—though oftentimes rewarding—world of sports.
In this book, parents will learn how to express themselves in various challenging situations, including learning that their children have been cut from teams; have become victims of team violence, hazing, or bullying; or are not receiving adequate and assumedly deserved playing time.
About the Author
Dan Doyle received his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for International Sport. While in this position, Doyle founded the World Scholar-Athlete Games, National Sportsmanship Day, and the Center for Sports Parenting. A former high school and intercollegiate men’s basketball coach, he achieved a career record of 142–45 and led the Trinity College men’s team to national success.Deborah Doermann Burch received her BA from Bates College and MAT from Duke University. She is a former middle and high school history teacher. She has also managed a healthy insurance claims department and worked as an insurance agent. Though Burch has held many positions, she most enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother when her sons were born. She familiarized herself with the world of sports when they grew to become competitive participants of various sports.