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"Overplayed: A Parent's Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports" by David King and Margot Starbuck

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM by Kelly Griffin   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM ]
If you’ve ever wrestled with trying to bring order out of the chaos of competing priorities having to do with kids and sports, you will appreciate this balanced book. This is not an anti-sports book. One of the authors has coached at high school and college level and is currently Director of Athletics at a college. But the book does recognize the excesses of modern youth athletics and
addresses them from a biblical and common sense perspective. 

I promise you will learn a lot about yourself and about your kids. You will find many helpful suggestions and a lot of food for
thought in this guide. High school athletes will find it interesting as well. The book addresses seven myths perpetrated by a sports-crazed culture that thoughtful and conscientious parents need to consider:

1. Because we owe our children every opportunity, we can’t say No to youth sports.

2. My child deserves to play with the most-skilled players.

3. My child should specialize in one sport.

4. There’s no harm in participating in youth sports.

5. Youth sports instill our family’s values.

6. Good parents attend all their children’s games.

7. The money we are investing into youth sports will pay off.

A final section deals with how to talk to kids about sports. You may not agree with everything; but you will find much helpful information here. Highly recommended.