Help Young Athletes Learn How to Win and Have Fun
“It is refreshing to read a story about lacrosse that gives a realistic view of the sport.”
—Lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Tom Marechek
Max Speyer was on top of the world. At age 10, he had found his passion. He lived for lacrosse, savoring every moment he spent in the crease guarding the goal for the Powhatans, “the select team he had dreamed of joining since he first picked up a lacrosse stick at age six.”
Not only had Max made the team, he had beat out an older and more experienced goalie to become the youngest player ever to secure a starting slot. And now, he had his first chance to prove to his coach the risk was worth it as he faced off against their arch rival’s best attackman, Johnny “Snake Eyes” Bonner.
And then, he blew it.
As Bonner fakes him out and the ball sails through his unforgivably unguarded legs, Max feels himself losing much more than the game. It was like he was cursed—he lost his confidence, his instincts, and, worst of all, his love of the sport. He practiced as hard as ever, but come game day, his fear of letting another player like Bonner get the best of him led to anxiety, exhaustion, and a poor performance.
Luckily, Max can turn to the expert advice of his friendly neighbor, Dr. Bob, a world-renowned sport psychologist who helps Max overcome fear, visualize success and rediscover the joy of playing in HEAD CASE: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge (Bright Sky Press, May 2009).
In this heart-warming tale by Sam Chambers and distinguished sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella, young athletes will find invaluable lessons on how to play their best, smartest game while still having a good time, using the 10-2 Win principles outlined after the story. Along the way, beginning lacrosse players get a primer in the language, rules, and techniques of the game, both through the story and the handy glossary of terms that follows. With each winning principle reinforced by the story, readers come away with surefire tips for building good character as sportsmen and excellent skills on the field.
In HEAD CASE, Chambers and Rotella teach athletes:
- How to train and trust. Practices are for learning skills. Games are times to trust the work you’ve done and enjoy its payoff, playing the game you love;
- How to set realistic goals to accomplish your big dreams;
- How to practice efficiently and effectively;
- How to be mentally ready for success with a positive focus;
- How to learn to be confident;
- How to learn from and leave behind mistakes and set backs;
- How to be an important member of a team;
- How to have fun and win at the same time;
- And much, much more…
HEAD CASE offers tips to help create skilled, confident, relaxed, and self-aware players who know how to succeed and have fun doing it. Through this non-threatening and accessible format, athletes learn to develop core values as players and as people that will serve them well both on and off the field. It is a must read, not only for developing lacrosse players, coaches, and parents, but also for young athletes everywhere hoping to find a healthy and happy competitive edge.
“Books of fiction that offer lessons through sport are not uncommon. What IS uncommon, though, is a story that teaches us about winning a vitally important, often hidden battle–the inner battle. To this goal, Chambers and Rotella score big. Every aspiring young athlete should read it!”
—Dr. John Eliot, Tampa Bay Rays sports psychologist
About the Authors
After receiving his Masters in Sports Psychology under Dr. Bob Rotella at the University of Virginia, Sam T. Chambers became the Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas where he created a state-championship program that includes boys from Kindergarten through 12th grades in mentoring relationships. Elected Texas Coach of the Year and Lacrosse Man of the Year, he founded the Team Texas national traveling lacrosse teams, and runs Crease Ranch lacrosse and field hockey camps, and the Texas Recreational Lacrosse League (TReX). He lives in Houston with wife and their two daughters.
Internationally known for his work in the area of sports psychology, Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the Top Sports Psychologist in the world. His book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the best selling sport psychology book of all time, is one of the three best selling golf books in history. Dr. Rotella’s golfers on the PGA tour have won at least twenty-five of the forty tournaments played for each of the last fifteen years. As a teacher, Dr. Rotella has been selected as one of the top ten golf teachers of the Twentieth Century and directed the leading graduate program in the country for the twenty years, at the University of Virginia. In addition to being on the editorial board and columnist for Golf Digest and contributing editor of Sport Psychology Journal, he is the past president of the North American Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Among professional players, he has helped Nick Price, Tom Kite, Brad Faxon, Scott Verplank, and many more champions.
Sam Chambers and Bob Rotella will be available for interviews upon release of the book. For more information on HEAD CASE and/or to schedule an interview, please contact Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity, via email at Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com or by calling 716.741.8495.
Title: Head Case Lacrosse Goalie: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge
Authors: Sam T. Chambers and Dr. Bob Rotella
Publisher: Bright Sky Press: http://www.brightskypress.com
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Format: Paperback, 104 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1933979403
Publication date: May 1, 2009
For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2009
Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity
(716) 741.8495, Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com