Mind Over Basketball
Tuck is stressed out. His parents are divorced, he misses his father and he has moved to a new house and school. When he decides to try out for the basketball team, the neighbourhood boys won’t let him use “their” court to practice. With so many problems, Tuck is having a hard time feeling confident and dealing with his upsets. Then Walton shows up. Taking on the role of coach, Walton teaches Tuck not only how to play better basketball but also how to manage his anxiety and self-doubt. Soon, Tuck is feeling in control of his life and focusing his energy on what he loves most… basketball! Using a positive, interactive, mindfulness-based stress-reduction approach, this book includes a high-interest chapter book and informative coaching guides with skills-training exercises for ages 8–14. The skills included are designed to teach kids to focus on now, use their breath to keep their cool, make choices that work, focus on the things that deserve attention, redirect worries and use rational and positive self-talk. Ideal for use with kids by parents, teachers, therapists, guidance counsellors and coaches.