Whose Game Is It, Anyway?

Whose Game Is It, Anyway?

A Guide to Helping your Child Get the Most From Sports, Organized by Age and Stage

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In an era when parents and kids are overwhelmed by a sports-crazed, win-at-all-costs culture, here is a comprehensive guide that helps parents ensure a positive sports experience for their children. In Whose Game Is It, Anyway? two of the country's leading youth sports psychologists team up with a former Olympic athlete and expert on performance enhancement to share what they have gleaned in more than forty years of combined experience.

The result is a book unique in its message, format, and scope.
Through moving case studies and thoughtful analyses, Ginsburg, Durant, and Baltzell advocate a preventive approach through a simple three-step program: know yourself, know your child, know the environment.
They look at children in age groups, identifying the physical, psychological, and emotional issues unique to each group and clarifying what parents can expect from and desire for their kids at every stage.
They also explore myriad relevant topics, including parental pressure, losing teams, steroid use, the overscheduled child, and much more.
Illuminating, impassioned, and inspiring, Whose Game Is It, Anyway?
is required reading for anyone raising--or educating--a child who participates in sports.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006
ISBN: 9780618474608
0618474609
Branch Call Number: 796.083 Ginsburg
796.083 Ginsburg
Characteristics: xvi, 314 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Baltzell, Amy
Durant, Stephen

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Oct 12, 2014

This book is well-worth reading by any parent interested in their child's involvement in sports and physical activity. It is written by experts: two sports psychologists and a former US Olympic athlete, and full of useful recommendations regarding children of all ages and levels of interest and ability. It emphasizes a three-point approach to evaluating situations: know yourself, know your child and know the program. Unfortunately, it is a somewhat humorless book, with a puritanical attitude to alcohol use. The case studies are valuable but could have been improved if they merely sketched the situations without including obviously fictional dialogues. This might have worked if the authors could write like F. Scott Fitzgerald, but they can't. I didn't understand why people in the case studies were identified by their surnames as well as their given names, maybe causing some readers to confirm or deny stereotypes about Jews, Scandinavians or whomever that were probably unintended by the authors. In only one case, a girl with the surname Kelly who was involved in Gaelic dancing, did the surname seem to have any bearing on the case study.

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