- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 2, 2003

Books

•"The Cheers and the Tears: A Healthy Alternative to the Dark Side of Youth Sports Today," by Shane Murphy, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999. Sports psychologist Murphy gives advice for parents of talented youths.

•"Raising Winners: A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids Succeed on and off the Playing Field," by Shari Kuchenbecker, Crown Random House, 2000. The author, a psychologist and sports parent, explains how parents can guide and encourage up-and-coming athletes.

•"In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training," by Terry Orlick, Human Kinetics, 2000. This book, by a sports psychologist, explains how to develop a positive outlook, focus on commitment, work with teammates and overcome obstacles.

•"What Makes Winners Win: Over 100 Athletes, Coaches, and Managers Tell You the Secrets of Success," by Charlie Jones, Bantam, 1998. Champions such as Chris Evert, Pat Riley and Mary Lou Retton, among others, share their stories of motivation and success with broadcaster Charlie Jones.

•"The Parent's Book of Ballet: Answers to Critical Questions About the Care and Development of the Young Dancer," by Angela Whitehill and William Noble, Meriwether Publishing, 1988. This book guides parents through all facets of ballet training, from choosing a class and teacher to training for a professional program.

Online

•Many articles on the care and training of top athletes are presented at www.athleticinsight.com. The site is sponsored by the Online Journal of Sport Psychology.

•Moms Team (www.momsteam.com), a site founded by sports parents, covers all facets of being a sports parent, from recreation leagues to elite training. It contains chats, message boards and articles written by experts.

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