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Raising a Team Player

Teaching Kids Lasting Values on the Field, on the Court, and on the Bench

By Danny Peary Harry Sheehy

Foreword by Joe Torre

In addition to developing athletic prowess, team sports present a great opportunity for nurturing critical social skills in young athletes. With plenty of advice on bestowing praise, tempering unwanted behavior, and supporting kids and teens on the field, Harry Sheehy shares lessons and wisdom learned from more than two decades of working with young athletes at Williams College and Dartmouth College. Encouraging parents to get involved, Sheehy demonstrates how sportsmanship can help instill important life values that extend beyond the game.

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“Sheehy is, at heart, that rare thing: a good teacher.  His noble integrity, cogent observations, and experienced advice shine here.  Sheehy’s heartfelt, instructional work is highly recommended...” —Library Journal


Raising a Team Player is insightful, challenging, and much needed. . . . Harry Sheehy and I agree that whether you’re a professional athlete or a 7-year-old, it all boils down to these five simple words: Do the best you can!”

—from the foreword by Joe Torre



“I applaud Harry’s enthusiastic commitment to making integrity, character, sportsmanship, and dedication the most important lessons kids learn through sports. Harry instills this hardworking, fair-play attitude in all his players, and with this timely book, he inspires it in parents and coaches everywhere.”

—Bill Cosby



“Harry Sheehy writes with true conviction and makes real sense. If you’re a coach or a parent whose child plays sports, then his book is essential reading.”

—FOX baseball analyst Tim McCarver



“Every kid should play for a coach like Harry Sheehy. He has provided parents with a primer on navigating the choppy seas of youth sports. Candidly relating his experiences as a young athlete and, later, as a highly successful coach, Sheehy cuts through the outsized emphasis that troubles kids’ games at the turn of the century and reminds us that sports can help children grow by teaching teamwork, sportsmanship, and humility. After my son’s next game, I’ll ask him Sheehy’s three most important questions: ‘Did you have fun?

What do you remember about the game? Now what are you going to work on?’’’

—Tim Layden, columnist, Sports Illustrated

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April 15, 2002