Sport Psych Book Recommendations
Anything written by Dr. Ronald Smith and Dr. Frank Smoll is worth reading
concerning youth sports. Dr. Smith and Dr. Smoll are professors at the
University of Washington Psychology Department and operate the Coach
Effectiveness Training ProgramÔ
which is the most successful and research supported youth sport psychology
program in the U.S. Smith and Smoll have over 20 years of research on
coaching behaviors and how they affect athletes. Terry Orlick is also
another one of my favorite sport psych sources. Orlick has worked with
hundreds of Olympic athletes and has a great easy to understand writing
(quick reads, great basic info, “must reads” for anyone
interested in youth sports psychology)
“Coaches Who Never Lose…Making Sure
Athletes Win, No Matter What the Score:
A 30-Minute Primer for Coaching Effectiveness”
- Frank Smoll & Ronald
Smith, 1997 (ISBN #1886346038)
Your Child: A 50-Minute Guide for Parents”
- Frank Smoll & Ronald Smith, 1999 (ISBN #1886346054)
- MUST READ!
(still an easy read and interesting—just more in depth)
"Way to Go, Coach!: A
Scientifically-Proven Approach to Youth Sports Coaching Effectiveness"
"In Pursuit of
Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training"
- Terry Orlick, 2001 (ISBN #0736031863)
Terry Orlick, PhD, is a world
famous Olympic psychologist, author, lecturer, and professor from Canada.
Orlick has over 28 years of Olympic experience and is the “king of focus and
flow.” His books are well written and emphasize the “joy of movement” that
can be experienced in successful sport and exercise activities.
Master: Creating Success in Sport & Life"
(for serious adults wanting to study sport psychology)
"Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications”
“Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology”
(more good "extras"
if you're really into the mind/body connection of performance psychology)
"Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth"
"The Book of Five Rings"
- Miyamoto Musashi translated by
Thomas Cleary, 1994 (ISBN #0877739986)
The ultimate book on winning, strategy,
leadership, and warrior philosophy.
*Note: There are many translations of this book.
Cleary is one of the more experienced translators of Eastern philosophy.
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