Read These

As an English major/former Language Arts teacher, I believe in reading for multiple purposes (and try to practice what I preach!).  Here are some of the things I’ve read related to youth sports that I recommend to anyone who’s interested in reading varied opinions. ***This list is ever growing!

Parents:
*Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, by Tim Elmore
*Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, by Tim Elmore
– Tim Elmore has some fascinating research about the differences between today’s kids and how today’s parents/coaches/adults were raised.   There are a lot of similarities between the two books.  If you were going to start with one, I’d suggest Generation iY.
*12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid, by Tim Elmore
*Game On: How the Pressure to Win at All Costs Endangers Youth Sports, and What Parents Can Do About
It, by Tom Farrey
*Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids, by John O’Sullivan
*Crazy-Proofing High School Sports, by John E. Tufte (Dr. Tufte is a professor/author/speaker based out of Bismarck who gathered much of his research in this region.)
*I Love to Watch You Play  – website operated by Alex Flanagan and Asia Mape, both of whom have spent a ton of time around sports as media members before becoming sports moms themselves.  There are some great resources here.
*Let Them Play, by Jerry Lynch

Coaches:
*The first two Elmore books listed above, also his Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes.  Habitudes is a four book series separated into leadership, communication, leading, and changing culture.
*Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know, by John C. Maxwell (or pretty much anything else Maxwell has written).
*Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life, by John Wooden and Jay Carty
*A Coach’s Influence: Beyond the Game, by Grant Teaff
*3D Coach, by Jeff Duke with Chad Bonham
*Sometimes you Win; Sometimes you Learn, by John C. Maxwell (If you’re an avid reader of Maxwell’s work, you can skip this one; it’s mostly just a new summary of his previous work.)
*Let Them Play, by Jerry Lynch

Students:
*The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen Covey
*Developing the Leader Within You, by John C Maxwell
*Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, by Tony Dungy
*Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, by Tony Dungy
– Interested in learning how to compete the “right” way?  Look no further than Coach Dungy!
*Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell