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Parenting is difficult. Parenting athletes can be even more difficult. Win! Expert Advice on Raising Successful Athletes makes the decision making easier. By analyzing interviews with Olympians, professional athletes, and college athletes, the book provides insights that help parents raise not only successful athletes but also successful young men and women. I am a former college scholarship athlete in tennis and the daughter of an Olympian in track and field. We set the athletic bar pretty high in my family! When I had children, I found there were assumptions about how I would mold them into athletes. I have my personal beliefs, and I started to wonder if others who excelled in their sport had similar beliefs. So, I started reaching out to anyone and everyone who played or coached a college sport, and asked their advice for raising young athletes. I interviewed athletes and coaches from different sports, different colleges and different areas of the country, and I noticed striking similarities in the advice they had to offer. This book outlines those common themes, and is divided into three parts. Part one offers guidance for parents of athletes, part two gives advice to the youth athletes themselves, and part three contains the actual interviews with the experts. I’ve also included the advice that each coach and athlete submitted. I hope you will find some insight that will help you and your child, whether they are participating in leagues or travel teams, and at the high school or college level.
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