Provide a summary of the content of your chosen book. Explain how the information from the book that you read independently throughout the semester relates to one or more of the areas discussed in class or our course textbooks.

Assignment Question

I. Book Summary Project (18% of total grade)

For this project, you will select one of the books listed below related to youth sports (or a different book if you check with me first) and read it throughout the semester at your own pace. During the last week of our class, you will submit a paper in which you synthesize the main points from your book with the material covered throughout the semester. You should choose a unique book for this class and avoid using the same book from a previous or current class.

II. Paper Components

The first four sections listed below should be present and clearly labeled in bold in your document. The final section describes proper formatting and appropriate writing style or quality.

Introduction (≈ 2 pages; 4 Points): This section should establish foundational knowledge within the main topics of youth sport which will be as follows: Youth sport basics (overview, evolution, philosophy, objectives) Readiness for participation (physical, cognitive, motivational, psychosocial) Intensity of participation (training, talent development, stress, injury) Social considerations of youth sport (culture, parents, coaches, character) These four topics represent the four major sections of our Vealey and Chase textbook.

Book Content (≈ 1-2 pages; 4 Points): Provide a summary of the content of your chosen book. Explain how the information from the book that you read independently throughout the semester relates to one or more of the areas discussed in class or our course textbooks.

Practical Applications (≈ 1-2 pages; 4 Points): Discuss effective parenting and coaching principles that can be gleaned from what you have learned in our course and the book of your choice. Address the need for a practitioner to understand how to engage diverse learners by including the impact and implications of socioeconomic status as discussed in the Payne text.

Conclusion (≈ ½-1 page; 3 Points): This section summarizes the main messages from your paper along with the primary focus of your book and reemphasizes how the information and content will be utilized in future parenting or coaching endeavors.

Format/Quality (3 Points): Type your paper using word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word); do not submit a PDF file. The length should be 5-7 pages double-spaced with one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font. Your name, the date, course number, and assignment title should be placed in the upper left corner of the first page and single spaced. Title your paper using the title of your chosen book and number each page after the first in the upper right corner. Proper grammar, syntax, and punctuation should be utilized throughout the document. Include a works cited (references) page in APA format at the end of your paper that features, at a minimum, both our course textbooks and your book of choice. If a reference is listed on your works cited page, it should be cited parenthetically at least once in the body of your paper. Note that this final page does not count toward the overall length requirement.

III. Grading Rubric

See the highlighted scores below to calculate your total for the Book Summary Project. See my comments and notes in the next section for further details. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding your rubric score – I am happy to discuss any of these details as needed. Paper Component Possible Scores Absent Poor Good Exemplary Introduction 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 Content 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 Practical Applications 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 Conclusion 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 Format/Quality 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 Total: /18

IV. Feedback

Detailed feedback related to your rubric score for each section can be found below. Book Chosen: Introduction Content Practical Applications Conclusion Format/Quality

V. Potential Texts for this Assignment (select one):

Any text from the Betterway Coaching Kids Series (e.g., Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball) Any text from the Coaching Youth Sport Series (e.g., Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cricket, Football, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling) Any text from the Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Sports Series (e.g., Baseball, Basketball Football, Soccer, Softball) Bissinger, H.G. (2015). Friday night lights: A town, a team, and a dream (25th Anniversary Ed.). Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. Clifford, C., & Feezell, R.M. (2009). Sport and character: Reclaiming the principles of sportsmanship. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Dohrmann, G. (2012). Play their hearts out: A coach, his star recruit, and the youth basketball machine. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Engh, F. (2002). Why Johnny hates sports: Why organized youth sports are failing our children. New Hyde Park, NY: Square One Publishers. European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC). Managing talent development and pressure in sport. Abingdon-on-Thames, United Kingdom: Routledge. Farrey, T. (2008). Game on: How the pressure to win at all costs endangers youth sports, and what parents can do about it.” New York, NY: ESPN. Fisher, D., & Brozek, G. (2009) Character Driven: Life, Lessons, and Basketball. New York, NY: Touchstone. Goodman, T. (2005). Soccer coaching made easy: A coach’s guide to youth player development. Spring City, PA: Reedswain. Gray, D. (2018). Youth baseball bible: The definitive guide to coaching and enjoying youth baseball. Port Chester, NY: ProSwing. Gray, R. (2021). How we learn to move: A revolution in the way we coach and practice sports skills. Independently published. Griffin, R. F. (1998). Sports in the lives of children and adolescents: Success on the field and in life. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Harding Jr., D (2021). Elite youth wrestling: Your blueprint to helping your child win on the mat and in life. No location: Author Academy Elite. Hyman, M. (2010). Until it hurts: America’s obsession with youth sports and how it harms our kids. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. Hyman, M. (2007). The most expensive game in town: The rising cost of youth sports and the toll on today’s families. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. King, D., & Starbuck, M. (2016). Overplayed: A parent’s guide to sanity in the world of youth sports. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press. Kush, K., & Sterba, M. (2011). Competing with character: Let’s put sportsmanship and fun back in youth sports. Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press. McCree, M. (2014). Game changer: The baseball parent’s ultimate guide. Atlanta, GA: Michael McCree. McNutt, K. (2015). Playing time: Tough truths about AAU basketball, youth sports, parents, and athletes. Sauk Village, IL: African American Images. Meehan, III, W.P. (2011). Kids, sports, and concussions: A guide for coaches and parents. Westport, CT: Praeger. Moser, R.S. (2012). Ahead of the game: The parents’ guide to youth sports concussion. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth. O’Sullivan, J. (2013). Changing the game: The parent’s guide to raising happy, high-performing athletes and giving youth sports back to our kids. New York, NY: Morgan James Publishing. Orlick, T. (2007). In Pursuit of Excellence, 4th Ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Rhoads, J. (2009). The joy of youth sports: Creating the best sports experience for your child. Pittsburgh, PA: Avaplay Sports. Shephard, S. (2016). Kicking off: How women in sport are changing the game. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Sport. Smoll, F.L., & Smith, R.E. (2012). Sport psychology for youth coaches: Developing champions in sport and life. Washington, DC: Rowman & Littlefield. St. John, W. (2009). Outcasts united: An American town, a refugee team, and one woman’s quest to make a difference. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau. Sullivan, Steve. (2007). Remember this titan – the Bill Yoast story: Lessons learned from a celebrated coach’s journey. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing. Wooden, J., & Jamison, S. (1997). Wooden: A lifetime of reflections on and off the court. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books Publishing Group. Wooden, J., & Jamison, S. (2005). Wooden on leadership: How to create a winning organization. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education. Zuckerman, G., Zuckerman, E., & Zuckerman, G. (2017). Rising above: How 11 athletes overcame challenges in their youth to become stars. London, UK: Puffin Books. If you have ideas or suggestions for other books related to youth sports that you would like to choose for this assignment, check with me first!

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