Steve Morris Brings Sanity To The Crazed World Of Youth Sports

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-- Kids have a better chance of owning a pro sports team than playing for one --

Every Parent's Survival Guide for Youth Sports

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, only a small percentage of high school athletes play sports at the college level, and even fewer go on to play professionally.

What Size Balls Do I Need, a book by Steve Morris, seeks to change the conversation of youth sports in America. The book launches today on all platforms and debuted at #1 in youth sports on Amazon. Morris delves into the complex world of the $17 billion dollar youth sports industry. The intense, all-consuming pressure parents face attempting to position their young athletes for scholarships and pro sports fantasies can ruin the experience for both kids and parents. In his book, Morris highlights his concept of the ten-year window when kids play sports and provides insight on how to resist the pressure to professionalize our 45 million youth that play organized sports in the United States. “Youth sports aren’t just a means to an end, or a box to be checked on a college application, says Morris. They have the power of a life-affirming, transformative force. But to make sure that force is with you, we must ask the tough questions and push back against the professionalization of today’s children.”

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, only a small percentage of high school athletes play sports at the college level, and even fewer go on to play professionally. An NCAA study cites that 3.5% of men and 4.1% of women playing high school basketball will go on to play at the college level. Of that group, 1.2% of men and 0.8% of women are drafted to a professional team. Despite these numbers, across our country parents are pushing their kids to beat these odds.

Jeff Melvoin, an Emmy-award winning writer-producer and AYSO Coach describes the book as “Funny, frank, warm, and wise, Coach Steve’s book is both a love letter to youth sports and an impassioned plea to restore sanity to its playing fields. Essential reading for all parents.”

After getting his degree in history at Yale, Steve Morris worked all over the world as a commercial television producer. While still writing screenplays, Morris founded Coast Sports in 1997, and Coach Steve was born. He has run his successful summer camp for the past twenty years and has coached and managed more than 50 soccer teams, giving him decades of valuable experience in youth sports that he shares with readers.
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