- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

Books

•"We Are All Athletes: Bringing Courage, Confidence and Peak Performance Into Our Everyday Lives," by Mariah Burton Nelson, Dare Press, 2002. The author, a former National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball player, outlines how people should think like athletes to succeed in business and daily life.

•"The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today," by Shane Murphy, Jossey-Bass, 1999. This book details how parents and athletes have lost sight of the goals of youth sports and how they can regain a positive perspective.

•"The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents," by Dr. Jordan Metzl with Carol Shookhof, Little, Brown, 2002. This book discusses the emotional, mental and physical benefits and problems of playing sports.

Associations

•National Alliance for Youth Sports, 2050 Vista Place, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33411. Phone: 561/684-1141. Web site: www.nays.org. This nonprofit group promotes sportsmanship and fairness among youth sports leagues.

Online

•Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoaching.org), a nonprofit group based at Stanford University, offers workshops and materials to youth-league coaches and parents seeking to make children's sports experiences positive.

•MomsTeam.com (www.momsteam.com), a site founded by sports parents in Massachusetts, has chats, bulletin boards, articles and tips to aid parents in understanding and managing their young athletes' needs.

•Institute for the Study of Youth Sport (https://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/ysi), a department at Michigan State University, is devoted to studying the impact of the youth sports experience in America. Its Web site has research reports, articles and ideas.

•The Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group for women and girls in sports, has a Web site (www.womenssportsfoundation.org) that features articles, inspirational stories, legal advice and links to other sports groups.

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