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The Top Ten Best Sports Parenting Books:
How To Improve Youth Sports

Bill Cole, MS, MA

If you are a parent of a child engaged in sports, or if you teach or coach youth sports, this is a book list you will want to study. These are the best books on kids in sport I know, and each one can help you become a better sports parent.

1. The Double-Goal Coach: Positive Coaching Tools for Honoring the Game and Developing Winners in Sports and Life, by Jim Thompson.

2. Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sport, by Jim Thompson.

3. 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent: Making Athletics a Positive Experience for Your Child, by Joel Fish.

4. Why Johnny Hates Sports, by Fred Engh.

5. Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way: Ensuring the Best Experience for Your Kids in Any Sport, by Cal Ripken and Rick Wolff.

6. The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today, by Dr. Shane Murphy.

7. It's Just a Game! Youth, Sports & Self Esteem: A Guide for Parents, by Dr. Darrell Burnett.

8. Good Sports: The Concerned Parent's Guide to Competitive Youth Sports, by Sagamore and Rick Wolff.

9. Sports Parenting Edge, by Rick Wolff.

10. Molding Young Athletes: How Parents and Coaches Can Positively Influence Kids in Sports, by Darrell Erickson.

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Copyright © 2007 Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, Bill is also founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals achieve more success in business, life and sports. He is a multiple Hall of Fame honoree, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments visit him at

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