Raising a Team Player   -     By: Harry Sheehy, Danny Peary
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Raising a Team Player

Workman Publishing / 2002 / Hardcover

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What do you want your sons and daughters to gain by playing a sport? College basketball coach Sheehy gives parents insights into their kids' athletic experience and offers practical wisdom on winning and losing, criticism and praise, setting goals, playing for fun and using sports as a vehicle to talk to youngsters about life's broader challenges.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1580174477
ISBN-13: 9781580174473
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Youth sports have become a pressure cooker of expectations. Parents scream abuse at players, coaches, and referees. Coaches demand that their teams win at any cost. Kids practice day and night. They face intense pressure to score, to win, to succeed. But is this the measure of success we want to impress upon our children?

In the complex world of today's youth athletic programs, parents face many challenging questions. What is a successful athletic experience? How can you help kids deal with pressure from coaches, players, and other parents? How do you encourage healthy competitiveness and discourage poor sportsmanship? Can you help your child develop a strong work ethic without becoming discouraged at the slow progress? How do you support a child who sits on the bench all year long? What's the best way to encourage your strong-willed all-star to support his teammates? How do you teach a child to accept criticism positively? Most important, how do you help your child absorb real core values from sports? How can you use sports as a vehicle to talk to kids about life's challenges?

In Raising a Team Player, Harry Sheehy answers these questions and more. Offering lessons and wisdom learned from more than 17 years of working with elementary school children, high schoolers, and college players, Sheehy encourages parents to get involved in their kids' athletic experiences. He offers advice on how to praise, encourage, inspire, build, temper, support, and teach, working with children on everything from setting goals to teaching sportsmanship and humility to building character and a sense of self-worth. With direct, compelling words, Sheehy inspires in parents and coaches an attitude of self-realization, humor, confidence, and enthusiasm for both the successes and mistakes of young athletes.

Author Bio

Danny Peary is an American film critic and sportswriter. His film writing has been published in Focus on FilmNewsdayFilm and FilmingThe Philadelphia BulletinMovielineCineasteVideo Times/Video MoviesThe New York Daily NewsThe Boston GlobeSoho NewsTimessquare.combrinkzine.comThe Sag Harbor Express, and FilmInk. He also authored the highly influential three-volume Cult Movies series, Guide for the Film Fanatic, and Alternate Oscars. Additionally, he is the writer-researcher on the long-running national sports interview television program The Tim McCarver Show, and has written three books with McCarver. He collaborated with Ralph Kiner on his autobiography, Baseball Forever, and coauthored Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero and Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend. He has recently collaborated with Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Shannon Miller on her memoir, It’s Not About Perfect.
Harry Sheehy, a 1975 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, returned to coach at his alma mater in 1983. He was Head Men's Basketball Coach for 17 years, during which his teams compiled a record of 324-104 (.757), the fourth best winning percentage in the history of Division III men's basketball. He was selected Northeast Coach of the Year (1990, 1997, 1998), Eastern Basketball magazine's Coach of the Year (1998), and Conference Coach of the Year (2000). He now serves as Athletic Director at Williams.

Editorial Reviews

“Sheehy is, at heart, that rare thing: a good teacher.  His noble integrity, cogent observations, and experienced advice shine here.  Sheehy’s heartfelt, instructional work is highly recommended...” —Library Journal

 

Raising a Team Player is insightful, challenging, and much needed. . . . Harry Sheehy and I agree that whether you’re a professional athlete or a 7-year-old, it all boils down to these five simple words: Do the best you can!”

—from the foreword by Joe Torre

 

 

“I applaud Harry’s enthusiastic commitment to making integrity, character, sportsmanship, and dedication the most important lessons kids learn through sports. Harry instills this hardworking, fair-play attitude in all his players, and with this timely book, he inspires it in parents and coaches everywhere.”

—Bill Cosby

 

 

“Harry Sheehy writes with true conviction and makes real sense. If you’re a coach or a parent whose child plays sports, then his book is essential reading.”

—FOX baseball analyst Tim McCarver

 

 

“Every kid should play for a coach like Harry Sheehy. He has provided parents with a primer on navigating the choppy seas of youth sports. Candidly relating his experiences as a young athlete and, later, as a highly successful coach, Sheehy cuts through the outsized emphasis that troubles kids’ games at the turn of the century and reminds us that sports can help children grow by teaching teamwork, sportsmanship, and humility. After my son’s next game, I’ll ask him Sheehy’s three most important questions: ‘Did you have fun?

What do you remember about the game? Now what are you going to work on?’’’

—Tim Layden, columnist, Sports Illustrated

 

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    Bolingbrook, IL
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST FOR PARENTS OF ATHLETES
    June 21, 2013
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    This book was highly recommended by several people and I am looking forward to reading it. I bought this one for a friend!
  2. Mike from MA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 12, 2002
    Mike from MA
    Wow! I replayed my whole youth experience through this book. It brought back lots of memories...both good and bad! I found the book to be both inspirational and useful. The author has a good grasp on the difficulty of the youth sports scene and provides lots of practical ideas on how to deal with certain situations. Most importantly he has given me a framework to have conversations about the value of sport with my son.
  3. Mike Deep
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 9, 2002
    Mike Deep
    This book is really helpful...practical and sensible. There is a good dose of inspiration and information. Any coach or parent will benefit from this. It is an easy and relatively quick read. You will want to give this book as a gift!!
  4. Joe
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2002
    Joe
    I found this book to be insightful and inspiring. I know I will watch (and coach) my son's games with a different perspective than before. This is a nice read with lots of good ideas. I would recommend this to parents and coaches.
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