Bob Bigelow, former college and NBA player, has advocated for youth sports reform for over 25 years, conducting hundreds of community talks, and making numerous conference and media appearances since 1990. He co-authored Just Let the Kids Play (2001), the first book to identify that youth sports “systems” are the root cause of the many problems children face in simply enjoying and learning as they grow. This first book offered practical ways to restructure youth programs to better serve the physical and emotional needs of children. Bob’s recommendations included limiting (and even eliminating) elite traveling teams at young ages, promoting equal playing time, creating team parity, implementing shorter seasons to avoid burnout and overuse injuries, playing multiple sports for better long-term athletic development, recognizing some kids are later bloomers who shouldn’t get left out, and improving coach training and parent education. Bob also introduced his unique “Recess Model” for youth sports. Bob urged that parents, coaches and program administrators need to change their philosophy to truly allow children to enjoy sports and better learn the fundamentals.
NOW, in his second book, Youth Sports: Still Failing Our Kids – How to Really Fix It, Bob goes many steps further in demonstrating how improved structures for play can actually increase the development of children’s skills. Bob has conducted first-of-their-kind quantitative studies that show how a better model for youth programs boosts how much kids learn as well as solves the problems in today’s youth sports environment. While other approaches in many previous books haven’t yet created true change, Bob offers a genuine blueprint for success. He also cites real world examples where new play models have already improved youth sports while offering terrific fun and enjoyment! If you really want to change kids’ sports, you must read this new book!
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About the Author
Former NBA player, Bob Bigelow, speaks nationally and worldwide about youth sports programs, and provides new approaches for positive change to fully meet the needs of young athletes as the top priority. Bob was a first-round draft choice and played four years in the NBA; and in college for University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Coach, Chuck Daly. He has devoted several thousand hours researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its effects on children and adults. Bob has appeared on major TV shows including CNN, on local radio broadcasts, and has been quoted in major publications including Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. He has been featured in numerous local newspaper columns and articles. He has been a featured speaker at many regional, national and international meetings and conferences of organizations and associations concerned with improving youth sports. For 25 years, Bob has conducted over 2,500 talks and clinics worldwide.