Through real-life examples and time-tested advice, this guide provides parents and coaches insights into how to deal with the challenges and pitfalls that arise as children progress in sports. From handling the inevitable tears and frustrations and honing the appropriate message for varying age ranges and skill levels to recognizing the real performance enhancers and how to keep burut at bay, this handbook emphasizes integrity, hard work, and practice as well asthe importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership in players. Advice on using humor to relieve stress, overcoming adversity, andhow to handle troublesome coaches is also included.
Jack Percontewas a professionalbaseball playerfortheLos Angeles Dodgers, the Cleveland Indians, the Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago White Sox. He has taught baseball and softball for more than 20 years, most recently at his sports academy in Naperville, Illinois. He is a contributor to Baseball the Magazine and the author of The Making of a Hitter. He lives in Lisle, Illinois.