What has it been now? Seven, maybe eight years since I made that semi-life altering decision, that final leap into putting down on paper what I saw as helpful, developmental measures to a sports and youth sports culture gone off track. More specifically, a motivational teaching tool that just might help with what I felt was a real disconnect between what I learned through my athletic sports experiences and what young athletes seem to be learning today.
Yes, a good seven or eight years from that final inspiring conversation I had one evening with a group of excitable, well-meaning parents, while dining out, about the lack of success a high school age sports team was having. A discussion that focused on placing most all responsibility for the team’s inabilities on something other than the athletes themselves.
It was on the way home from that dinner that I finally turned to my wife and said, “Chris, I think they [a good number of parents, some coaches, and some athletes] have this all wrong, all backwards.”
It was right after this, the next day perhaps, that I sat down and roughly drew up the outline for Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out (forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
In the coming months, as the book nears publication, I will present more detailed information on what the book is hoping to accomplish and the direction it takes in making that happen.
Thanks for taking interest.