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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Publisher's Description

In addition to developing athletic prowess, team sports present a great opportunity for nurturing critical social skills in young athletes. With plenty of advice on bestowing praise, tempering unwanted behavior, and supporting kids and teens on the field, Harry Sheehy shares lessons and wisdom learned from more than two decades of working with young athletes at Williams College and Dartmouth College. Encouraging parents to get involved, Sheehy demonstrates how sportsmanship can help instill important life values that extend beyond the game.

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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    This book was highly recommended by several people and I am looking forward to reading it. I bought this one for a friend!
  2. 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. 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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2002
    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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