PARENT SEMINARS | perspective for parents of athletes—‘from the athlete’
Why are there two year olds going to personal trainers? Why do your kids experience shellshock when they fail? And who defined that as failure? What about this idea that every child is a winner? I think my son can get a scholarship—when should he specialize? How can I encourage my son or daughter, so that they don’t experience burnout? Where have we lost perspective? Are there solutions?
Right now, there are 16 million kids in America between the ages of 5-12 who play competitive sports. Out of that 16 million, 40,000 will go on to play college sports and in terms of basketball, only 65 will make it to the NBA. Like us, you would probably never guess these statistics are true by the overwhelming amount of pressure that is being put on young people today through sports. Through the lens of an athlete who has played sports at all levels, Alan Williams not only describes lessons learned during his own career, but also shares valuable information acquired through hundreds of interviews and conversations with coaches, parents, and athletes across the country.
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As a former athlete and parent of three athletic children, I have long been concerned with morality and goodness in sports. Teammates Matter reminds the readers young and old of the true gift of team which means it’s ‘not about me’ and that service to others, even when you are not the star can be an extremely gratifying experience in sports and in life.
Doreen Kelly – Ravenscroft School | Southern Headmaster’s Association