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Let Them Play: The Mindful Way to Parent Kids for Fun and Success in Sports Paperback – 22 Sept. 2016

American youth sports is undergoing a crisis in parental behavior: parents are fighting with refs, coaches, their kids, and each other. Verbal abuse is being thrown at adolescent referees, fist fights are breaking out on the sidelines, and leagues are having to impose new restrictions on parents’ involvement. Sports psychologist Jerry Lynch sees this epidemic of bad behavior as a symptom of parents’ overinvolvement in their children’s sports lives and of parents attaching their egos to their children’s athletic performance. The result not only serves as a terrible example of sportsmanship but also leads to kids losing interest in sports because it just isn’t fun anymore.

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In “Let Them Play,” Dr. Jerry Lynch lays out relevant core principles to help parents achieve equanimity, peace, calm and direction for parenting their kids in what can often be a challenging world of youth sports. He also gives parents strategies, tools, methodologies and ways taken from his work with national champions to help their kids to perform at higher levels, be happy and have more fun.
Among the topics addressed are: how to empower your athletic child; understanding gender differences and avoiding stereotypes; how to talk with a coach; how to deal with sports injury; handling sibling rivalry; how to handle when your child is cut or doesn t make a team; the delicate issue of specialization; how to teach and model good sportsmanship; how to detach from results; how to help your child increase good performances; why failure is our kids best teacher; helping your child to mentally be strong for a sport and life; how to encourage risk-taking; how the child can get past self-imposed limits; how to help a child use affirmation and visualization.
Dr. Lynch has over 35 years of experience as a sports psychologist, coach, author of eleven books, athlete, teacher and parent of four athletic kids. Being intimately involved with 35 National Championship teams at the Professional and Collegiate levels as well as teaching and guiding thousands of athletes and sports parents in the essential absolutes of leadership, athletic performance and the parenting of kids in sports, Jerry has accumulated vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge that help him to make a difference in the lives of all of us connected to the field of athletics. Dr. Lynch currently helps parents nationwide, by guiding them to get past sport parent nightmare scenarios while teaching them how to help their little stars to perform at higher levels, become well-adjusted, be spirited, have more fun and be happy.”

Review

“Prepare the players and let them play — that’s our style.”
— from the foreword by Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors”Having been a parent of athletic kids, I wish I had had a copy of this book to guide me through those challenging times with youth sports.”
— Phil Jackson, author and eleven-time NBA world champion coach

Let Them Play will help you to inspire and empower your kids to have more joy, fun, and success not just in sports but in the bigger game of life.”
— Anson Dorrance, coach of the twenty-two-time NCAA champion women’s soccer team at University of North Carolina

“This book is my new blueprint for raising my own happy, healthy athletes, and it should be yours too.”
— John O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game Project

About the Author

Sports psychologist Dr. Jerry Lynch has helped dozens of teams improve their performance, including men s and women s basketball, lacrosse, and soccer teams at North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, California, Syracuse, and Stanford. Recent clients include Olympic, NBA, and NCAA champions. Dr. Lynch is a well known and in-demand public speaker at leadership, coaching, athletic and corporate conventions, a national presenter of clinics and workshops for coaches, sports parents, and athletes in college and high school. Dr. Lynch has appeared on CBS, NBC, and PBS national television, in the “New York Times, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the Baltimore Sun, Outside Magazine” and on over 50 national radio broadcasts, podcasts and webinars. Dr. Lynch received his doctorate in psychology from Penn State University, and has done extensive post-doctoral work in the area of philosophy, Taoist and Buddhist thought, comparative religions, leadership development, and performance enhancement. He is the author of eleven books on coaching, leadership, spirituality of sport, warrior spirit, peak performance, and sports psychology.
Dr. Lynch is the founder and director of Way of Champions, a performance consulting group geared toward helping others master the inner game for peak performance in athletics and develop the essential spiritual qualities so necessary for the game of life. He maintains a private practice and an extensive sports psychology consultation service for athletes, coaches and sports parents around the world. He is the father of four high-energy, athletic children. He divides his time between his offices in Santa Cruz, California, and Boulder, Colorado, where he continues to train, run, bike, work and write in the spirit of what he teaches and coaches.”

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