"Each brief chapter stands alone, offering clear, practical advice and insight regarding the challenges and opportunities life throws our way." - Gail Reichlin, Founder and Executive Director, Parents Resource Network; and, Bestselling Author of The Pocket Parent
Everything a child needs to know about life can be learned from the dugout steps. Every pitch, hit, and play on the baseball field is its own life lesson. From taking charge under a pop fly, to taking risks on the base paths, to taking heart on the bench, THE ON DECK CIRCLE OF LIFE connects parents and their kids through the analogies, axioms, and allegories that baseball offers for life off the field.
The author brings his unique perspective as pediatrician, teacher, kids' baseball coach, and parent to this book of 101 life lessons. As an internationally recognized pediatric specialist and professor, Dr. Harley Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996. As a kids' baseball coach, from T-ball through high school, Coach Harley has studied the fine points of a fine game. He has used baseball to guide his players, his patients, and his own kids in everything from homework, humility and helping others, to dating, driving and drugs.
Written for kids of all ages to read, and for parents to read over their kids' shoulders, this is a warm and wise playbook for the game of life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off...I dearly love the game of baseball, have since I was 5 years old. Mr. Rotbart has shown me why the game has rooted itself to my inner core. These days, I've had to step back and look at the game from another view. I am a District Administrator for Little League Baseball in Arizona and oversee 18 leagues. After reading this book I purchased enough copies for the presidents of each league 'plus some' in the hopes that these stewards of our young athletes will do the same with their constituents. Nothing worthwhile in life is just handed to us. We must practice over and over so we are ready when it's our turn to make the right play or decision in our lives. This book teaches us as adults, as well as our children, how perfect practice makes perfect!
I discovered the perfect gift for a grandmother to give her baseball-playing grandkids. I don¿t know anything about bats or gloves, and I can¿t figure out any of the other paraphernalia my grandsons use when I watch their games. Until now, the best I could do was giving them a gift certificate to a sporting goods store. But, ¿The On Deck Circle of Life ¿ 101 Lessons from the Dugout¿ is better than any gift certificate. If I made a list of everything I¿d like my grandsons to grow up to become, the list would include most of the chapters of this book. I bought a copy of the book for myself, too ¿ because the top half of every chapter is a little lesson in the game of baseball and helps me understand what the kids are doing out there. The bottom half of each chapter teaches kids how the game relates to the real world, so there¿s something in each chapter for grandparents, parents, and kids. I really like this part of Chapter 81, the ¿Home Field Advantage¿: ¿As life challenges and confuses you, take comfort in, and take advantage of, your home field. Your parents and your brothers and sisters are your best friends, your most important teammates¿No matter how bad the crisis, how afraid you feel, or how terrible you imagine the outcome, your family is your ultimate home field advantage. Find the comfort and stability of your familiar dugout and the friendly faces on the bleachers. You¿ll win many more games at home than on the road.¿
Books of baseball wisdom aren¿t unique ¿ but this book is one-of-a-kind. Nowhere else can parents find so many important life lessons camouflaged in a language that kids love and speak fluently, the language of baseball. My kids read some chapters 5 or 6 times each because they thought it was ¿so cool¿ the way leading off from first base or tagging up had hidden meanings. This was the easiest way ever for my kids to fill 180 pages of their independent reading lists.