The world of sports psychology and in the introduction of mental skills coaches has exploded into the athletic mainstream over the last few decades. Before then, the attitude regarding such training was extremely conservative and “old school”―the prevailing philosophy was that “any athlete who needs to talk with a shrink needs to have their head examined.”
Sports psychology expert Rick Wolff breaks down ten different crucial rules for today’s coaches and parents.
Wolff, one of the nation’s leading experts on sports parenting and sports psychology, has put together a primer for anyone who has a son or daughter who plays competitive youth sports. If you are confused and baffled by what to expect in this ever-changing landscape of sports parenting, this short book will help quell some of your concerns.
Chock full of real-life sports examples and common sense, The Sports Parenting Edge offers valuable insight into the unpredictable waters of youth sports. You’ll find positive recommendations for picking the right sports, gauging your child’s potential, balancing academics and athletics, developing a sense of sportsmanship, how to manage expectations, how to guide your child through inevitable frustrations, and even how to deal with your own frustrations as a parent.
Compiled by Rick Wolff, one of the nation’s leading experts in sports psychology and sports parenting, this collection of comments are based upon Wolff’s more than 25 years of clinical work and observations. Take a look and see if any of these comments seem familiar. If yes, now’s the time to improve your communication skills with your young athlete.