Why Johnny Hates Sports: Why Organized Youth Sports Are Failing Our Children and What We Can Do About It

Author: Fred Engh
Publisher: SquareOne Publishers

"Mom! Do I really have to go to the game? Can’t I just stay home?" All across this country, an ever-increasing number of children are dropping out of organized sports--soccer, baseball, football, swimming, and more--not because they don’t like to play, but because the system they play in is failing them. Written by one of this country’s leading advocates of children’s sports, Why Johnny Hates Sports is the first book to look at the growing problems inherent in the way we introduce our children to sports.

In this timely book, Fred Engh examines the unsettling state of youth sports in America. He explains how and why many of the original goals of the youth leagues have been affected by today’s win-at-all-costs attitude. He then documents the negative physical and psychological impact that parents, coaches, and administrators can have on children. Most important, he provides a wide variety of proven solutions to each and every one of the problems covered. Throughout the book, Engh relates stories drawn from hundreds of real-life experiences.

Why Johnny Hates Sports is both an exposé of abuses and a call to arms. It clearly shows us a serious problem that has been going on too long--a problem that, until now, has been tolerated by most, with little concern for its effect on our children. It also provides practical answers that can alter the destructive course that youth sports have taken.

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