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The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today Paperback – 19 Feb. 1999

The Cheers and the Tears offer parents and coaches sensible advice and healthy alternative approaches to the competitive and stressful world of youth sports.

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“Full of practical and helpful ideas for parents who want their child’s youth sports experience to be a success. . . . Refreshing, honest, and down to earth.” –Joan Ryan, author, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

“Shane Murphy understands parents and helps them help their children. His guidance is immensely practical. This book is essential reading for anyone who works with children in sports.” –Christy Ness, Olympic figure skating coach, coached Kristi Yamaguchi to the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating

“The Cheer and the Tears is terrific! Shane Murphy provides excellent solutions to tough issues. If your child is involved in organized sports at any level, read this book! –Sean McCann, sport psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

“Shane Murphy has done a great job of identifying and summarizing the key issues of this important component of millions of kids’ lives. Not only that, but he does it in an enjoyable and readable fashion. You can tell he writes as both a sports expert and a Dad.” –Tom Crawford, director of coaching, United States Olympic Committee

“This is a book for people who care about children and sports. Murphy uses nearly two decades of experience as a sport psychologist to provide a caring, critical, and constructive look at the problems and prospects of youth sports. His insights are timely, insightful, and immediately useful for parents and coaches in interested in a sound foundation for participating positively in the lives of children.” –Jay Coakley, sociologist and author of Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies

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The Cheers and the Tears offers parents and coaches sensible advice and healthy alternative approaches to the competitive and stressful world of youth sports.”Full of practical and helpful ideas for parents who want their child’s youth sports experience to be a success…Refreshing, honest, and down to earth.” – Joan Ryan, author, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes; columnist, San Francisco Chronicle”Shane Murphy understands parents and helps them help their children. His guidance is immensely practical. This book is essential reading for anyone who works with children in sports.” – Christy Ness, Olympic figure skating coach, coached Kristi Yamaguchi to the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating”The Cheer and the Tears is terrific! Shane Murphy provides excellent solutions to tough issues. If your child is involved in organized sports at any level, read this book!” – Sean McCann, sport psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

From the Author

For every parent who wants their child to succeed & be happy
Hi! I’m Shane Murphy, author of “The Cheers and the Tears”. As a father of two young children, a youth sport coach, and a sport psychologist, I wanted to write a book for all the thousands of parents who want to make their childs’ youth sport experience a happy one.Sure, there are problems in youth sport today. Dominating coaches, pushy parents and overly competitive youth leagues can leave you and your child feeling frustrated and unhappy. But youth sports can also be a terrific experience for your child. Sports can teach your child the wonderful bond of being on a team, the happiness that comes from working hard to achieve a goal, and the satisfaction of improving skills through practice. As parents, we just need to find the right programs and help our children learn the right skills to be successful in their sporting interests.That’s what “The Cheers & The Tears” is all about. In this book, I show you:

€ How children become competitive, and how to help your child learn healthy attitudes towards competition. € How to really communicate with your child about their sports involvement. € What kids really want from youth sports, and how to find programs that meet their needs. € How putting your child in a competitive sports program can affect YOU – and how to handle it. € How to find the right coach for your child. € How to juggle all the conflicting demands of having your whole family involved in youth sports programs, and € The essential characteristics of a good youth sports program.

I love seeing my kids enjoy their sports, don’t you? I hope you enjoy my book as well.

From the Inside Flap

Put Fun and Development into Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience

  • My son came home in tears and says he wants to quit the team-why?
  • The team I coach doesn’t seem to enjoy the game. How can I make practices and games fun?
  • When my daughter gets injured, is she playing too hard or getting pushed too hard?
  • I suspect my son may be taking steroids-what should I do?
  • Are competitive sports bad for my child? Is being the parent of a competitive youth sport participant bad for me?

The Cheers and the Tears offers parents and coaches sensible advice and healthy alternative approaches to the competitive and stressful world of youth sports.

“Full of practical and helpful ideas for parents who want their child’s youth sports experience to be a success. . . . Refreshing, honest, and down to earth.”—Joan Ryan, author, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes; columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

“Shane Murphy understands parents and helps them help their children. His guidance is immensely practical. This book is essential reading for anyone who works with children in sports.”—Christy Ness, Olympic figure skating coach, coached Kristi Yamaguchi to the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating

“The Cheer and the Tears is terrific! Shane Murphy provides excellent solutions to tough issues. If your child is involved in organized sports at any level, read this book!—Sean McCann, sport psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

From the Back Cover

Put Fun and Development into Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience? My son came home in tears and says he wants to quit the team-why?? The team I coach doesn’t seem to enjoy the game. How can I make practices and games fun?? When my daughter gets injured, is she playing too hard or getting pushed too hard?? I suspect my son may be taking steroids-what should I do?? Are competitive sports bad for my child? Is being the parent of a competitive youth sport participant bad for me? The Cheers and the Tears offers parents and coaches sensible advice and healthy alternative approaches to the competitive and stressful world of youth sports. “Full of practical and helpful ideas for parents who want their child’s youth sports experience to be a success. . . . Refreshing, honest, and down to earth.”—Joan Ryan, author, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes; columnist, San Francisco Chronicle “Shane Murphy understands parents and helps them help their children. His guidance is immensely practical. This book is essential reading for anyone who works with children in sports.”—Christy Ness, Olympic figure skating coach, coached Kristi Yamaguchi to the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating”The Cheer and the Tears is terrific! Shane Murphy provides excellent solutions to tough issues. If your child is involved in organized sports at any level, read this book!—Sean McCann, sport psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

About the Author

SHANE MURPHY, is a sport psychologist and the president of the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is the former head of the sport psychology program for the United States Olympic Committee and the author of Sport Psychology Interventions and The Achievement Zone.

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