Chicago, IL (PressExposure) August 19, 2009 -- After 12 years in professional baseball, including parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, Jack Perconte taught baseball and softball for nineteen years. Jack has followed up his first book The Making of a Hitter with another instructional guide for parents, coaches and sports enthusiasts. Raising an Athlete -How to Instill Confidence, Build Skills and Inspire a Love of Sport is that book. Raising an Athlete is published by Second Base Publishing and is distributed by IPG of Chicago with a publication date of September 1, 2009.
Chicago - Dealing with issues that kids encounter playing youth sports can be extremely challenging for kids and parents alike. Advice to help parents and players with issues such as inept coaches, poor performance, lack of confidence, non-motivated kids, avoiding burnout, getting cut from the team and much more is the focus of Raising an Athlete.
"I have had the unique experience of having played sports to the major league level as well as having dealt with teaching kids at my sports academy. Additionally, my wife and I have raised three kids, having dealt with many coaches as a parent and with many parents as a coach. I have shared many of these experiences in the book to help parents and ultimately young athletes to have great sporting experiences, like I did." Jack Perconte played major league baseball for the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners and White Sox. He opened Jack Perconte Sports Academy in Naperville, Illinois, where he gave lessons, clinics, camps as well as having coached youth baseball.
What do you do as a parent when your kid comes home crying after a game? What do you do when your child does not want to practice? When should a parent approach their child's coach and what should you say to them? What can you do to motivate your son or daughter? How do you know if you are putting too much pressure on your young athlete? These are just some of the questions that Jack answers in Raising an Athlete.
"Unfortunately, all too often, kids look to star athletes to be their role models when they should not have to look any further than in their own homes and at their own games. I set out in "Raising an Athlete" to give parents and coaches concrete ways to be the role models they can be to their kids and teams."