Book gives scholarly look at coaching myths in sports

From holding lengthy practices to winning to hazing, Rick Albrecht writes about 15 sports myths in a book geared toward parents, administrators and coaches.

“Coaching Myths: 15 Wrong Ideas in Youth Sports” was published by McFarland. Albrecht, professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University, said he wrote the book because he became frustrated with how some coaches have taken away the fun of participating in youth sports.

“There’s an old saying: ‘You aren’t teaching the Xs and Os, you’re teaching the Julies and Joes,’” Albrecht said. “Even though I loved all the sports I played, I hated playing. The coaches I had took all the fun out of sports. They had never been trained to coach.”

Albrecht’s research on coaching education and sports psychology provided the base for this book, he said. In 2006, he was asked to join a task force to rewrite the National Standards for Sports Coaches. He later served as president for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.

“I started thinking of putting my thoughts about good coaching on paper,” he said. His former Grand Rapids Press column, “Kids Stuff,” also provided material for Coaching Myths.

Each chapter is based on current evidence. “Each topic is relevant to coaches, parents, sport administrators and even fans,” he said.

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