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Game On How the Pressure to Win at All Costs Endangers Youth Sports, and What Parents Can Do about It

ISBN-10: 1933060697
ISBN-13: 9781933060699
Edition: 2009
Authors: Tom Farrey
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Book details

List price: $17.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Tom Farreyis an investigative journalist whose work has been recognized for excellence in print, on television, and online. A correspondent with ESPN's prime-time newsmagazineE:60, he also has reported on air for ESPN'sOutside the LinesandSportsCenter, as well as for ESPN.com andESPN The Magazine, where he is a senior writer. He joined ESPN in 1996, after eight years with The Seattle Times. In 2007, he was one of seven journalists selected among the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. His reports have won many honors, including two Emmy awards for Outstanding Sports Journalism. Farrey lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine, and their three children, Cole, Anna, and Kellen. This is his first book. From the Hardcover edition.

Prologue
Introduction: A Race to the Bottom
In which the author embarks on a wild journey through the landscape of the least examined-and most important-institution in American sports.
Bonus Babies
Los Angeles, Calif. Where the world's largest sperm bank sells the seed of college athletes and the role of genes in the making of jocks gets considered.
Freak of Nurture
Paonia, Colo. Where a toddler's parents wrestle with the legacy of Earl Woods: How young is too young when training a Tiger?
First Cut
New Britain, Conn. Where a father reads the handwriting on the high school wall: his kid's fight for scarce roster spots begins now, in preschool.
Les Red, White, and Blue
Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France Where a visit to the world's top soccer academy helps explain why the U.S., with more kids in uniforms than any nation, isn't producing great players.
Bling, Bombs, and the Bible
New York, N.Y. Where the origins of youth sports in America, and the line between winning and winning at all costs, gets explored through the experiences of corporate titan Jack Welch.
Follow the Money
Concord, Mass. Where the scent of the college scholarship fills the dank air of a rustic hockey rink, shaping the behavior of parents with daughters still in pigtails.
Follow the Money, Too
Concord, Mass. Where a surprising truth emerges: NCAA athletic opportunities often go to kids from families with the means to compete in the youth sports arms race.
Manifest Destiny
Memphis, Tenn. Where second-graders fight like roosters for national championships, AAU chieftains rake in the cash, and America's most-played game gets called for traveling.
Moscow on the Mind
Washington, D.C. Where the oversight of amateur sports gets reassigned at the height of the Cold War, and the U.S. Olympic Committee begins to fail in its mission to "improve the nation through sports."
The Aussie Rules
Canberra, Australia Where a former penal colony learns to identify and develop athletes better than any other nation, with the aid of an innovative American sports scientist.
The Greatest City in America
Baltimore, Md. Where the rise of publicly funded pro stadiums parallels the fall of community sports, and one athlete's annual salary is greater than the entire budget for city recreation.
A Spectacle of Innocence
Williamsport, Pa. Where a team from Hawaii restores U.S. superiority at the Little League World Series under a media spotlight that changes the game-and the lives of its child stars.
The Man
Bryan, Tex. Where the country's most promising sixth-grade basketball player attempts to navigate the thicket of profiteers and provocateurs who stand between him and his NBA dream.
Game On
Miami, Fla. Where a sex crime and grand jury indictment force a community bent on Friday Night Lights glory to ask itself: What's the point of youth and high school sports, anyway?
Epilogue: Next
Palo Alto, Calif. Where the author finds hope for the future of these games we love and a new model for thinking about them: youth sports as a human right.
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
Appendices
Why Boys and Girls Play Sports
The Odds of Playing College Sports
Source Notes
Index

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