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More than 45 million children play youth sports in the United States each year, and most are coached by parent volunteers with good intentions but little training. This lack of training and an overemphasis on winning often results in stress and frustration for coaches and players alike, which can discourage young athletes so much that they walk away from sports altogether. With this new guide for amateur parent coaches, Dr. Jennifer Etnier, author of Bring Your ‘A’ Game, aims to change that. Dr. Etnier offers a system of positive coaching that can be applied to any sport, from the beginner level to high school athletics, and explains that good coaching requires working with young athletes at their developmental level and providing feedback designed to keep children engaged and having fun.
Etnier gives easy-to-understand guidance on important aspects of successful coaching—including information on the development of children’s motor skills, communication with a young athlete’s parents, and nurturing a growth-oriented mind-set—making this a critical resource for youth coaches of all experience levels.
Jennifer L. Etnier is professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of Bring Your ‘A’ Game.
“Dr. Etnier’s background as a player, coach, parent, teacher, and researcher allows her to offer a unique and thoughtful perspective on . . . being a great coach. It is one thing to understand the rules and strategies of the game. It is an entirely different thing to understand how to create and nurture a climate where youth participants have positive experiences and are motivated to continue, and to cultivate some of the life lessons that sports instill. This book holds a wealth of interesting, relevant, and helpful information that can help parents and coaches do just that.”–Anthony Amorose, professor of kinesiology at Illinois State University