Great books on creating a positive youth sports environment

The Double Goal Coach – Jim Thompson

Living, Leading and the American Dream – John Gardner

Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports – Jim Thompson

Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership – Jim Thompson

Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children – Tom Farrey

Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior – Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent – Joel Fish

The Sweet Season: A Sportswriter Rediscovers Football, Family, and a Bit of Faith. – Austin Murphy

My Losing Season – Pat Conroy

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood – William Pollack

Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players and Parents – Cynthia Lair

Catch Them Being Good: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls – Tony Dicicco, Colleen Hacker and Charles Salzberg

Raising a Team Player: Teaching Kids Lasting Values on the Field, on the Court and on the Bench – Harry Sheehy, Danny Peary and Joe Torre

Teacher: The One Who Made The Difference – Mark Edmundson

The Baffled Parent’s Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer – Bobby Clark

The Last Days of Summer – Steve Kluger

A Coach’s Life: My Forty Years in College Basketball – Dean Smith

On Leadership – John Gardner

Self-Renewal – John Gardner

Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership – Howard Gardner

Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control – Albert Bandura

Greater Expectations: Overcoming the Culture of Indulgence in Our Homes and Schools – William Damon

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – Jerry Porras, James Collins

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow in Sports – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Susan Jackson

Character Development and Physical Activity – Brenda Bredemeier and David Shields

Values of the Game – Bill Bradley

They Call Me Coach – John Wooden

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court – John Wooden

Building a Champion – Bill Walsh

A Sense of Where You Are – John McPhee

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment – George Leonard

The Ultimate Athlete – George Leonard

Smashing Barriers – Richard Lapchick

In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle – Madeleine Blais

Way to Go, Coach: A Scientifically-Proven Approach to Coaching Effectiveness – Ronald Smith, Frank Small

Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream – H. G. Bissinger

When Pride Still Mattered – David Maraniss

Why Johnny Hates Sports – Fred Engh

Raising Winners: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Succeed On and Off the Playing Field – Shari Kuchenbecker

Season of Life – Jeffrey Marx

Creative Coaching – Jerry Lynch

We Own This Game – Robert Andrew Powell

Reforming Sports Before the Clock Runs Out – Bruce B. Svare

Play Baseball the Ripken Way – Cal Ripken, Jr., and Bill Ripken

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