WOODINVILLE, Wash. –
(PRWEB) April 24, 2013 -- Playing baseball helped save the life of a troubled, angry 18-year-old caught up in a gang. Narrowly escaping being shot during a fight, he leaves town to play baseball while attending Walla Walla Community College. Eventually he plays ball at Lewis-Clark State College and gets drafted by the New York Mets. The author – who was that troubled youth – shares the lessons he learned from his coaches in this new book focusing on how parents can improve their relationships with their children through sports.
In “Creating Winning Relationships through Sports: Using Athletics to Strengthen Families,” Jose Rijo-Berger shares his decision to quit baseball and open a training facility to help baseball and softball players and their families. Called both by his newfound faith and coaches in his own life who prepared him for life beyond baseball, he starts by training just a few kids but eventually builds a 9,000-square-foot training center and full-size field. Students in his clinics learn both mechanics of the sport and how to deal with the pressures of success, on and off the field.
The book includes lessons for parents, providing tips for the youngest players to those tuning up skills for the big leagues. Simple tips like not critiquing performances on the ride home from games, respecting the coach and cheering at games show children that parents are proud of them. Parents of highly gifted athletes are urged to teach gratitude and humility and help their children establish an identity beyond sports. Parents can pledge to be HIT parents and coaches – committing to honor, integrity and truth, as they raise a child, not just an athlete.
Although sports can play an important role, it’s not the only important aspect of a child’s life. As Rijo-Berger writes, the odds of a child playing in the Major Leagues are slim, but the odds are 100 percent “that your child will learn lifelong lessons about attitude, effort, and playing on a team.” Discipline, teamwork, self-respect and love for others bring rewards beyond winning a game.
Author Jose Rijo-Berger, a former baseball player with the New York Mets and a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, started a baseball and softball training facility that serves thousands of students each year. The father of four is president of Rijo Athletics in Woodinville; for information, visit http://www.rijoathletics.com.
For additional information, please visit http://www.creatingwinningrelationshipsthroughsports.com.
Creating Winning Relationships through Sports: Using Athletics to Strengthen Families
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1901-7 84 pages $15 US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
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