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IT'S MORE THAN JUST A BOOK, IT'S A MESSAGE AND REMINDER TO PARENTS AND COACHES: STRIVE TO BE ONE ATHLETE'S MENTOR AND ROLE MODEL
ABOUT THE BOOK
Politics, overbearing parents, and even corruption, in competitive youth sports are nothing new. In fact, they've become as much a part of this environment as the rules of any sport. Legitimizing and exposing the severe consequences of that statement are the recent USA gymnastics and Maryland Football scandals, to name a few. And who can forget the videos of parents fighting in the middle of a Little League or pee-wee football game (again, to name a few)? The point here is this: we've read and seen what this troubled environment looks like, from the adults' perspective. But how often do we get to hear from the players what this culture is really like, for the kids, on the inside? That's where one former youth soccer player comes in to fill in the blanks. Twenty-three-year-old Maya Castro shares her high school soccer experience, complete with infighting, a community-wide cover-up scheme, learning lessons, and much more. The Bubble is meant to be a wake-up call for the adults on the sidelines, one intended to encourage them to strive to be, what is in short supply within a child's game, a role model and mentor. Learn, from the perspective of one of the athletes, what you can do to preserve the safety, fun, and meaning of a kid's game...all while reading a great story.
WHAT ADULTS GAIN FROM READING THE BUBBLE
Go from: the overbearing parent your child athlete tries to ignore at the end of a game.
To: the mentor and hero your child athlete praises during a graduation ceremony.
Go from: the coach a young athlete leaves a sport because of.
To: the role model a young athlete may be lacking at home.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RETHINKING YOUTH SPORTS
70% of kids are giving up sports by age 13, due in large part to an environment overrun by overbearing and crooked adults.
"Readers interested in the drama, politics, and injustices of youth sports should find much to contemplate in this account."
- Kirkus Reviews
"A strong statement reflective of one young woman's experiences in youth sports, a treatise that coaches, parents, and young players will do well to note. An important and fascinating read."
- Chanticleer Reviews
“Castro writes in an easy to read, fascinating style. The stories of racism, politics, favoritism, and ultimately shady behavior by adults unfortunately ring true for me. As a former youth soccer coach, I have often said that the worst thing about youth sports is the adults. The author makes good points about returning youth sports to what the kids individually want and need from it with valuable, positive life lessons and experiences facilitated by the adults along the way."
AS SEEN ON...
THE BUBBLE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN OVER 17 DIFFERENT BLOGS AND NEWS ARTICLES. HERE IS A LIST OF A FEW.
FOX/ABC TV MACON, GEORIA: https://wgxa.tv/news/local/like-a-religion-is-your-kid-burnt-out-from-the-pressure-to-play-sports
THE NW FACTS NEWS PAPER: https://www.nwfacts.com/5-ways-parents-coaches-can-take-toxicity-youth-sports/
CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE
HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maya Castro is a recent college graduate from Sonoma State University. Castro played soccer competitively from the age of 11 until the age of 18. Castro combined her love for soccer with a business background (as a finance major) to write and publish this book.
*A portion of all sales will be donated to a charity whose mission aligns with the themes and message of this book, "Strive to be a mentor":
- Right To Play
ARTICLES ON TODAY'S YOUTH ATHLETIC ENVIRONMENT
1) Why 70% of Kids Quit Sports by Age 13
2) Wealthy Parents Help Child Athletes Go Pro in Their Own Backyards
3) How Kids' Sports Turned into a $15 Billion Industry
4) How to Put the Fun Back in Youth Sports