All-Star Kids
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"I enjoyed the book. I thought it was well done, succinct, and hit on many important topics. On our website we suggest resources for athletes, coaches, and parents and we will recommend your book. Keep up the good work."

Larry Lauer, Ph.D.
Director of Coaching Education and Development
The Institute for theStudy of Youth Sports
Michigan State University

What the Book Covers
Parents play a critical role in the success of their child in youth sports. Unfortunately, most parents get it wrong and over 70% of all kids playing organized sports quit by age 13. Building All-Star Kids' help parents address this problem by providing insights into how parents can help shape their child's youth sports experiences so that kids continue playing longer and better. With information covering a wide variety topics, Building All-Star Kids educates parents on how to balance a child's need to have fun with the need for learning life-lessons and skills.

Do Parents Know the Right Answers?
Relying on the latest research on youth sports, Building All-Star Kids makes it easy for any parent to achieve youth sports success. The information contained in Building All-Star Kids can help parents navigate the many challenges of youth sports including answering these questions:
  • What can I do to make my child enjoy practices more?
  • What do I say to my child on the way home from games?
  • Is playing travel or select level sports the right thing for my child?
  • Will paying my child to score improve performance?
  • Does playing with pain help toughen kids up?
  • What can I do to help from the sidelines?
  • Should my child's routine be any different during games or practices?
  • How do I make sure my child has the most fun?
  • What can I do to help my child play at advanced levels such as high school or college?
  • I don't know much about the sport, how can I help the team?
Building All-Star Kids provides a common sense solution to a frustrating problem. Youth sports participation doesn't have to be hard. It can be easy, if everyone has the right information.

Table of Contents
  • Are You a Good Sports Parent?
    • Why Kids Play Sports
    • Why Kids Quit
    • Benefitting from Youth Sports
  • Managing Your Child’s Experience
    • Serving as Role Models
    • Providing the Right Competitive Situation
    • Working with the Coach
  • Getting the Most from Game Days
    • Remembering Why You Are There
    • Preparing Your Child with Nutrition and Rest
    • Water and Sports Drinks
    • Nutritional Supplements
    • Nutrition Timelines
    • Playing with Pain
    • Providing Teammate Time
    • Supporting From the Sidelines
    • Handling Bad Calls
    • Honoring the 24 Hour Rule
    • Handling Losses
    • Car Coaching & Other Conversations
  • Helping Your Child Improve
    • Encouraging Multiple Sports
    • Supporting Practices
    • Motivating and Paying for Results
    • Providing the Right Resources
    • Recognizing Burnout
    • Helping the Team Support Your Child
    • Being a Good Sports Parent
  • References
  • Additional Reading