ISBN 978-0982131763  

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

  Authored by Jim Thompson

The playing field is the ideal place to teach life lessons. Youth and high school sports offer an endless procession of teachable moments, but these are too often sacrificed in the headlong pursuit of winning at all cost.

Jim Thompson’s previous books redefined the youth sports landscape with transformational models for coaches, parents and athletes:

  • Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while teaching life lessons.
  • Second-Goal Parent®, who focuses on the life lessons their child is learning.
  • Triple-Impact Competitor®, who makes self, teammates and the game better.

Now in this groundbreaking book, Thompson synthesizes two decades of work to articulate the vision of youth sports as a Development Zone to develop Better Athletes, Better People.

As with Thompson's other writings, this visionary book is also exceedingly practical. He defines culture as "the way we do things here" and provides a step-by-step blueprint for creating and defending a Development Zone culture to combat the win-at-all-cost mentality of the dominant "entertainment sports culture."

You'll never see youth sports the same way after reading this book. Developing Better Athletes, Better People shows how sports can produce the ethical leaders and positive contributors our society so desperately needs. With 40 million youth playing high school and youth sports in the United States, Thompson makes a powerful case: Change youth sports, change the country.

    Praise for Developing Better Athletes, Better People

“I know from personal experience the power of culture…This new book by Jim Thompson lays out a vision and practical tools…to establish a culture to develop Better Athletes, Better People. That is a worthy goal, and I am proud to be part of the PCA Movement.”

– NBA Champion Coach Doc Rivers