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Balance Sports Publishing is the proud publishing partner of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)— working   together to create the most relevant, inspiring, and practical youth and high school sports books available. Our featured author is  Jim Thompson, PCA’s founder and one of the country’s preeminent youth sports experts.

Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor™
Authored by Jim Thompson


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This one-of-a-kind book is filled with insights and exercises that can help high school athletes become Triple-Impact Competitors who make themselves, teammates, and the game better. Drawing on ideas from elite athletes, coaches, and sports psychologists, athletes learn how to perform at their best—and help their teammates do the same—when it matters most.

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The Power of Double-Goal Coaching: Developing Winners in Sports and Life
Authored by Jim Thompson


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With the right approach, coaches can make a lifetime difference for their athletes. This book is packed with practical ideas and tools to help coaches—from pee-wees to varsity—succeed in achieving two goals: to prepare their team to win, and to use competition to teach life lessons.

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The High School Sports Parent: Developing Triple-Impact Competitors
Authored by Jim Thompson


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Learning to compete in high school sports is a big transition for youth athletes and is often perplexing for parents. Thompson provides guidance and practical tools to show parents how to support their teens’ growing self-reliance and help them become a “Triple-Impact Competitor” who makes himself, his teammates, and the game better.

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Positive Sports Parenting: How "Second-Goal" Parents Raise Winners in Life Through Sports
Authored by Jim Thompson


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Thompson, one of the preeminent experts on youth sports, provides insightful and sensible advice on how parents can help children get the most from sports. The author reminds parents to worry less about winning and focus on the “Second-Goal” of using sports to teach life lessons.

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Developing Better Athletes, Better People: A Leader’s Guide to Transforming High School and Youth Sports into a Development Zone
Authored by Jim Thompson


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This groundbreaking book synthesizes two decades of work to articulate the promise of youth sports as a Development Zone™ to develop Better Athletes, Better People. It provides an exceedingly practical, step-by-step blueprint for creating a Development Zone culture to combat the win-at-all-cost mentality of the dominant sports culture.

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Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports
Authored by Jim Thompson


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A coaching education classic. Virtually every important aspect of coaching—goal-setting, building character, learning from mistakes, planning practices, coaching during a game, handling parents, developing competitors, turning individuals into a team, and others—is explored, all with an emphasis on motivating and inspiring athletes through positive coaching methods.

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Positive Coaching in a Nutshell
Authored by Jim Thompson


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A distilled rendition of the coaching classic Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-Esteem Through Sports, this streamlined volume makes the wisdom and inspiration of Positive Coaching accessible in bite-size tips, tools, and techniques. A must-have resource for any youth sports coach.

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Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership
Authored by Jim Thompson


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In this engaging memoir, Thompson, the founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, chronicles his experience as a high school coach and reflects on the universal challenges all coaches face: getting players to enjoy working hard, building a positive team culture, dealing with rebellious players, handling angry parents, managing his own insecurities, and much more.

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The Double-Goal Coach   (published by Harper-Collins)
Authored by Jim Thompson


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Introducing the notion that youth and high school coaches should be “Double-Goal” focused — striving to win and teaching life lessons through sports — Thompson provides a host of concrete positive coaching tools for honoring the game and developing winners in sports and life.

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