The Youth Sports Crisis: Out-of-Control Adults, Helpless Kids, 1st Edition

  • Steven J. Overman
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  • ISBN-10: 1440831394
  • ISBN-13: 9781440831393
  • DDC: 796.083
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Many American children spend more than 20 hours a week in organized sports, forgoing free time and unstructured recreational activities for the rigors of training and competition. This book offers a comprehensive critique of the youth sports movement, pitting the reality of adult-run sports programs against the needs and interests of children. It examines whether the tradeoff of "normal play time" for structured sports activities teaches discipline and leads to stronger character development, or if the pressures of the game, the physical strain of practicing, and the general overscheduling of children's lives has eroded the benefits associated with playing sports. Educator and former coach Steven J. Overman contends that youth-based sports programs require a radical change for the well-being of the young participants. The book explores the problems in organized sports including stress on the family, physical health hazards, violence, emotional duress, elitism, and hyper-competitiveness. Incorporating the perspectives of coaches, athletes, parents, physicians, and social scientists, the narrative scrutinizes the role of adults as promoters and coaches and concludes with a discussion of current and needed reforms.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction to Youth Sports.
2: Youth Sports for Adults.
3: The Child Athlete’s Family.
4: The Child Athlete as Miniature Adult.
5: Youth Sports May be Hazardous to Your Child’s Physical Health.
6: Youth Sports May be Hazardous to Your Child’s Emotional Health.
7: The Toxic Elements in Youth Sports.
8: So You Want Your Son to Play Football.
9: Concluding Thoughts: Reform or Re-Form.
10: Notes.
About the Author.