Before he started Positive Coaching Alliance, Jim Thompson was a high school coach.
This memoir chronicles his experience and how it influenced the creation of Positive Coaching Alliance. Shooting in the Dark deals with all the challenges faced by new (and experienced) high school coaches: dealing with his lack of self-confidence, getting players to enjoy working hard, building a strong and positive team culture, dealing with a mini-rebellion by his players, handling angry parents, and much more.
His chapter on introducing visualization to his players is classic, with the ramifications of the act not understood until the final pages.
Any high school coach, and anyone who aspires to coach at the high school level, will find much to enjoy and learn from in this compelling story by the founder of a movement that is changing the face of youth sports across the United States.