Changing the Game

The Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids
Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The modern day youth sports environment has taken the enjoyment out of athletics for our children. Currently, 70% of kids drop out of organized sports by the age of 13, which has given rise to a generation of overweight, unhealthy young adults. There is a solution. John O'Sullivan shares the secrets of the coaches and parents who have not only raised elite athletes, but have done so by creating an environment that promotes positive core values and teaches life lessons instead of focusing on wins and losses, scholarships, and professional aspirations. Changing the Game gives adults a new paradigm and a game plan for raising happy, high performing children, and provides a national call to action to return youth sports to our kids.

©2014 John O’Sullivan. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great book...refocuses you about youth sports

Great book...refocuses you about youth sports. Helped to change my mindset regarding sports with my kids by putting everything in perspective.

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Wealth of knowledge in this book.

I was hesitant to purchase this book. I didn’t need someone calling me a Helicopter parent and badgering me about how I raise my kids. John was very insightful and while I was convicted many times to let go of the outcome I was also encouraged by many things I do and don’t do for my kids. I will read again. I have also purchased the digital format to work out what I as a parent want for my kids through sports. I want a goal as a parent to set my sights on and not on wins and losses but overall growth.

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Must read for sports parents!

The state of club/select sports is getting ridiculous! The promise of skill development and the dangling of the “scholarship carrot” is ruining the experience for children. This book explains how sports should be enjoyed by kids and how parents should approach supporting their kids in their quest to play and have FUN with their friends. I enjoyed the book very much and it is a great reminder to keep sports in perspective. Yes, there are millionaire athletes playing professional sports, but there are also MILLIONS of athletes that don’t get scholarships or play professionally. So learn how to support your child in sports and allow them to enjoy it rather than forcing your ideals down their throat. Stop living in the past like “Uncle Rico” and allow your children to enjoy sports rather than treat it like a job!

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Eye Opening

loved the perspective and hoping to take their key questions and information into my kids lives. thanks!

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A Listen for Any Coach or Parent!

I'm a coach of youth hockey, and I recommend this book to anyone involved in youth sports. It provides a great amount of perspective. Heck, I even carry around a copy in my coaching bag to show parents.

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Solid information to all of us!

It covers what happens right now in youth sports and basically list things that adults can do to help kids to enjoy the process regardless their level of play. Hopefully the change will realize sooner than later.

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Thoughtful critique of children's sports

Passionate criticism of todays childrens' sports. Thoughtful suggestions for looking at your own relationship to your child, and your child's progression to becoming a lifetime athlete. I very much appreciated the work/perspective of the author, a coach with 20 years experience.

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It peters off at the end.

Although it is full of good advice, he is on his soap box and wont get the fuck off. The end tends to get boring. It is not the end all be all and must be adaptable to your situation.

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A must read for anyone associated with kids sports.

Not only a good model, but gives direction and actual questions and action items to do/ask yourself, kids, coaches, and other parents. You can see a lot of The 7 Habits applied to kids sports. A great model for how kids sports should be.

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must read

must read for any youth coach and parent of a young athlete. wow. got alot out of it.

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Excellent overview with research backed points

Loved this book, almost all points covered are backed by research and/or practical examples from real life coaching experiences.My introduction to LTAD was worth the price of the book alone. Am recommending to all my parent friends, so glad I found this book before my children got too far down their sporting experience. Also highly recommend the accompanying podcast "Way of Champions".

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Brilliant for first time coaches or parents

A brilliant guide to any new coach or parent with young kids in any sport