On the Web
Some of the best Internet sites offering information and advice for parents and coaches include:
• American Sport Education Program - offers courses for coaches.
• Center for Sports Parenting - provides parents with answers to questions and issues that surface while raising a child who loves sports.
• Coaching Youth Sports - is an online newsletter for coaches and parentsthat presents information about learning and performing sports skills, with the emphasis on athleticism, not winning.
• MomsTeam.com - works to create a safer, saner, less stressful and more inclusive youth sports experience. Offers general information on topics such as nutrition and safety, as well as pages devoted to specific sports.
• National Alliance for Youth Sports - offers a training program for volunteer youth coaches with the aim of making participation in youth sports a positive and safe experience.
• National Institute for Child-Centered Coaching - sells materials for coaches and parents on nurturing coaching.
• North American Youth Sports Institute - offers consulting in fitness and recreation for individuals, groups and schools.
• Positive Coaching Alliance - advocates for change in youth sports coaching on multiple levels. Offers documents and resources.
• Youth-Sports.com -provides information, advice and instructional products for parents, coaches and children involved in youth sports.
• Beyond X’s and O’s: What Generic Parents, Volunteer Coaches and Teachers Can Learn About Generic Kids and All of the Sports They Play, by Jack Hutslar, North American Youth Sports Institute, 1985.
• Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child’s Fun and Success in Youth Sports, by Bob Bigelow, Tom Moroney and Linda Hall, Health Communications, 2001.
• The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide for Parents, by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., with Carol Shookhoff; Little, Brown & Co., 2002. This book is designed for parents of older kids and teenagers and focuses primarily on the physical needs of young people, but also addresses working with coaches.
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