Over the past twenty-five years, the proliferation of sports has worked its way into society and schools at an amazing pace. Schools and communities annually allocate millions of dollars promoting sports participation for young people, a commitment bringing pride to parents, administrators, and the community if the teams are successful-translation, the team has a winning season. Highly visible during each contest, coaches are on the frontlines but might have flawed personalities or have good intentions but no clue how to manage a practice or game. Written in a straightforward manner, this guide flows in logical sequence as the author explains how youth sports have evolved from playing for enjoyment to practices dominated by adults intent on developing skills, searching for an edge to win. The author laments today's loss of innocence when alarming numbers of youth either do not become involved in sports or quit after becoming disillusioned, and Erickson stresses the coach's role to ensure participation. As the work progresses from labeling types of parental intrusions a coach can expect to types of athletes and their different personalities, the author's passion for his topic is evident. Focusing on practical advice, no punches are pulled about the challenges of coaching, but the overall message emphasizes a positive approach, making this book extremely beneficial in preparing coaches for their respective competitions. Highly recommended, this work is a solid purchase for professional collections in school and public libraries of communities that have an extensive investment in youth sports. 2004, Purington Press, 200p.; Index. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages adult parent/professional.